JHCC Posted February 7 Share Posted February 7 As noted elsewhere, I just picked up a Hossfeld Universal Bender #2 for cheap: I haven't started actually using it yet, but the plan is to use this thread as a consolidated repository both of my own learning curve and adventures in tooling up and also of a number of online resources that I hope others might find useful as well. NB: Hossfeld is still in business, and they are still making and selling the #2 and its tooling. However, after the patents expired, another company called American Bender started making an exact clone of the #2. Their tooling is interchangeable with Hossfeld's, and it appears to be somewhat more affordable. You can find their respective pages with a quick websearch. VIDEOS For starters, because everyone loves a good 1950s industrial training film, here's "An Introduction to the Hossfeld Universal Bender", complete with Longfellow quote, dramatic music, and sonorous narration: PART ONE, PART TWO. Hossfeld has its own YouTube channel, which can be found HERE. Not as many videos as I might like, but some decent material nonetheless. YouTuber This Old Tony has a video on Manual Metal Benders that has some good how-to info as well as some thoughts on shaping curves; this should come in handy on my current stair rail project. (Note: TOT uses the opening of the 1950s video linked above; don't be confused.) YouTuber NPC94550 (the same person who posted the 1950s training film) also posted a video of the Hossfeld's scrolling forms, which can be seen HERE. There are a couple of videos on his page about converting his Hossfeld to hydraulic power, but I'm not going to link to them here. There are a few more basic intro videos on YouTube from joe del pra, Rob D'Amico, and some others to whom I won't link, as they focus primarily on bending pipe and tube. YouTuber The Hobby Machinist NZ has a four-part video series of building a Hossfeld clone and making the tooling. WEBPAGES From what I can tell, there's nowhere online where one can download a PDF of the Hossfeld manual, at least not for free. Some basic instruction on how to use the Hossfeld can be found in Chapter 6 of Independence Through Mobility, a project of Appropriate Technology International for building low-cost wheelchairs in the developing world. The bender material starts on page 42. Hossfeld's website has their catalog online in downloadable PDF, which has a lot of good information about the #2's tooling (although not much about how to use it). You can find the site with a quick websearch, so I will not link it here. The site also has a decent FAQ. Finally, one Robert Grauman from Alberta, Canada made measured drawings of the components and much of the basic tooling for the Hossfeld #2 (or a near clone, anyway) as part of an assignment for an AutoCAD class; these can all be found HERE. Note that these are the drawings The Hobby Machinist NZ is using in their videos linked above. Addendum: there are also a few IFI threads related to the Hossfeld, although they don't appear to have links to any additional information beyond what I've included above. Nonetheless, you can find them HERE, HERE, and HERE. WHAT'S NEXT? The first order of business is to figure out how and where to mount the bender solidly. I think I might have an idea for this, but since I'm on the road for work, I'm not going to be able to try it out until the weekend. I also need to make some radius dies to for the stair rail project. More to come... Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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