I need a home shop press brake to bend small (10" and under) piece of 0.125" aluminum and CRS. I need something reasonably portable (due to smaller shop size) and thus want to keep it relatively lightweight (e.g. under 200lbs).
Harbor Freight has a 20 ton bench press - http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...501&pricetype=. I have no experience with using an H-frame press for forming, but from doing research online, it looks feasible (example - http://www.offroadfabnet.com/forums/...ead.php?t=5831). I'd build it myself if I had time, but I need something running by next week.
I'd plan on making the die's out of steel which I could harden if needed (need to do 0.125" and 0.25" radius bends).
Since I'm flying blind here, I'd appreciate it if someone could confirm that I'm heading in the right direction with something like the 12-ton H-frame from MSC (http://www1.mscdirect.com/CGI/GSDRVS...00000121093969).
Last edited by tikka308; 12-29-2009 at 03:53 PM.
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