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Sheet metal guys - What is this?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Dave_D, Jul 20, 2013.

  1. Dave_D
    Joined: Jan 24, 2005
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    from NY

    Picked up this bender on a whim at a garge sale, but i have no idea what its for, or how it works. It seems similar to a regular sheet metal brake, but it has two leaves that flip up, intead of the usual single leaf. They also swing alot farther than a normal break. Anyone have any insight?
     

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  2. oltruckag
    Joined: Aug 13, 2009
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    Tennsmith cleat bender. I think RE Smith is now Tennsmith....

    For making HVAC ductwork joints. May be useful if modded, but we have one at work and it's really pretty specialized for making a 180 folded joint.

    Tyson

    Edit- YouTube demo of one

    Better YouTube demo of the whole process.
     
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  3. fiftyv8
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    Just a stab in the dark, but first thought is that it may have been used to fold an egde for something like a piano hinge or interlocking of panels.
    Interesting all the same...
     
  4. Dave_D
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    Thanks. I wonder if I can find a use for it in the garage, or if I should just try to resell it. I only gave $40 for it.

     

  5. oltruckag
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    For $40 it may be worth trying to modify it into a finger brake. It's a good start for something.

    Or list it on Craigslist for 300 and buy what you want.
     
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  6. carbuilder
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    Wish you wernt so far away I give you a hundsky for it no problem.
     
  7. Wolfman1
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    I sold 2 of them a couple months ago at auction, got $400 each
    Mine were in better shape, any HVAC shop would gladly take it off your hands for a hundred or two
     
  8. Roger Walling
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  9. Testo1954
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    You can probably modify it a bit and sell it for some serious bucks. Initially thought it might be a bender used in metal fabrication service.
     
  10. crazy wheel
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  11. Dave_D
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    Thanks guys. I don't have any specific use for it right now, but i think i'll hang on to it. Can never have too many tools!
     
  12. hugh m
    Joined: Jul 18, 2007
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    from ct.

    Thanks for the link, the Rams stuff looks pretty nice, more versatile than our old Pexto barfolder...
     
  13. Bar folder is a different tool.
     
  14. hugh m
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    Please explain.
     

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