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Old 12-06-2004, 10:31 AM   #1
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I need a brake

I need a brake to fab floor channel. Plan on 2x 1.25 and will use two pieces. One with the 2" against the exterior then the other curved the other way with the 2" supporting the bottom of the interior panel.

Can I make that 90 degree bend in the 2024 with this. I would bend cut, bend cut, ect.


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Old 12-06-2004, 11:16 AM   #2
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I need a brake to fab floor channel. Plan on 2x 1.25 and will use two pieces. One with the 2" against the exterior then the other curved the other way with the 2" supporting the bottom of the interior panel.

Can I make that 90 degree bend in the 2024 with this. I would bend cut, bend cut, ect.


http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber=46508
Be careful, Max capacity for the one you have a link to is 1/16" thick.
"Capacity: 40'' wide stock x 16 gauge steel "
From looking at it I bet it would be a stretch 40" would tak considerable leverage.
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Old 12-06-2004, 11:29 AM   #3
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I bet it would also be a pretty weak brake in the center. 115 lbs. isn't very heavy for bending that long a piece of steel. It might do it a few times, but then you will be hammering the middle because the center of the brake is beginning to open up.

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Old 12-06-2004, 12:11 PM   #4
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So maybe I need to have the metal shop do the bending?
The 2024 is 20 guage and I would think it bends easier than steel. I didn't notice the shipping weight. That's a little on the beefy side for a do it yourself tool.
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Old 12-06-2004, 02:12 PM   #5
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I need a brake to fab floor channel. Plan on 2x 1.25 and will use two pieces. One with the 2" against the exterior then the other curved the other way with the 2" supporting the bottom of the interior panel.

Can I make that 90 degree bend in the 2024 with this. I would bend cut, bend cut, ect.


http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=46508
Over 59,
I purchased a similar brake from Harbor Freight Tools, mine is substantially lighter than the one you are looking at, however.
They work with C-Clamps. The center spreading is not a problem, as you can easily put C-clamps on all crucial points to get a crisp, straight bend.All parts of the stationary rail of the brake reach the work table.
My brake has a 30in max capacity, and I used it to make floor channel pieces for the repair of my 1963 Overlander. I posted pictures of it in my " A 63 for me" thread.
I believe that if my brake was another foot longer, that I could still bend the '025 without any problems. I also used it to make some furnace parts for a friend, and to fabricate some interior lights for the Tradewind.
If I had tp do it again, knowing what I know now, I would buy a box brake. With a box brake, yo can bend channel, as well as making access doors and catch-trays etc.
Good Luck!
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Old 12-06-2004, 06:58 PM   #6
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I purchased a similar brake from Harbor Freight Tools, mine is substantially lighter than the one you are looking at, however.
They work with C-Clamps. The center spreading is not a problem, as you can easily put C-clamps on all crucial points to get a crisp, straight bend.All parts of the stationary rail of the brake reach the work table.
My brake has a 30in max capacity, and I used it to make floor channel pieces for the repair of my 1963 Overlander. I posted pictures of it in my " A 63 for me" thread.
I believe that if my brake was another foot longer, that I could still bend the '025 without any problems. I also used it to make some furnace parts for a friend, and to fabricate some interior lights for the Tradewind.
If I had tp do it again, knowing what I know now, I would buy a box brake. With a box brake, yo can bend channel, as well as making access doors and catch-trays etc.
Good Luck!
Like this. Is how this works pretty obvious? It's a bit much but I could sell it when I'm done. Pretty Heavy

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Like this. Is how this works pretty obvious? It's a bit much but I could sell it when I'm done. Pretty Heavy

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It's a 24in, which is a bit short.
You need to decide if you need more channel, or more doors etc. and buy whatever is most suitable for you.
In my case, i will make my own water heater doors and A/C cover door etc, so I will need a box brake. I will probably buy the 24in one you found at some point.
I would send you mine to use for a while, but I am afraid that you can buy your own for the shipping charge to and from alone. I have a Harbor Freight store 2 miles from my shop, so I just go down and pick up what I need.
I think I paid $ 50.00 or so for my brake.
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Old 12-07-2004, 05:00 PM   #8
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I'm getting the 40 incher because I need trim for the windows. Worry about the access doors later. Orders a EU2000i from the place Andy use to work today. Gearing up for working in the AS this winter. Have one of those jet engine LPG heaters. Rock and roll, or snip and bend and bend and snip and bend.
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