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Wedge, installed in-between
a stop in the swing-arm,
a 3/16" x 3/4" strip being bent
and a fabricated mandrel
f you own a Hossfeld Bender but do not
own an operators set-up manual for making bends, call the HOSSFELD UNIVERSAL ®
Benders company and order one. I realize
that real men and real women do not read
instruction manuals or maps, but you will
need to swallow a little pride on this one!
There are more metal bending configurations
presented in the manual than one person
could figure out in years of experimentation.
The manual does a great job of showing
and telling you how to set-up the bender
for specific bending operations. In this
article, I am not going to address how to
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set up the bender for specific bending
operations. Instead, the focus will be on
how the bender works. I hope this information makes clear, why a given set-up in
the manual works. And why by changing
one or two components in your bender,
the bends become A) inconsistent, B) off
by a mile, or C) the entire bending process
How Does a Hossfeld Bender Work?
Let's start with some questions and
answers. Then, we will examine the principles of the bender.
Why did you purchase a
A. Probably because of the bender's
reputation. The HOSSFELD UNIVERSAL ®
Benders company has been making and selling this bender since 1922!
Why has this Bender been
popular since 1922?
A. The reason for this Bender's success
is probably because of its versatility. This
versatility comes from A) the design of the
frame, which will hold many attachments,
B) the holes in the frame which makes setting