to the manual you can adjust the pressure on the clamps, also
check to see is the clamp may be to far forward, you should have at
least the thickness of the metal being bent between the clamps front
edge and the face of the brake when it is bent up, maybe 1-1/2 times the
thickness. 18 gauge is the limit for this machine and a full width bend
may be taxing it a bit (18 gauge is aprox .048")
link to manual
I didn't think I was dumb before, but I have been humbled.
I got a cheap bending brake from HF and after reading the instructions, got
I took a piece of sheet metal (don't know what gauge, but it is about
".050), clamped it down to the part of the brake parallel to the bench that
doesn't move (supporting plate) . I then clamped the pressing plate over the
metal onto the moving plate. Everytime I pull the handle expecting it to
bend the metal, the darn pressing plate slips and I get a cockeyed bend.
I have tried it with the pressing plate clamped over moving plate with the
metal sandwiched in-between there also, and things still move around.
Is it me, is it a POS, or am I doing something else wrong?
Geez, 50 thou is about 18 gauge, which is is pretty heavy for making
let's say a small metal box. You can make a step-stool with that size
material. And you don't say what width the new toy is good for, or
more important, what width you were trying to bend, which is all
important for your chore.
In the small sizes of tools, weight and material being near equal, a
press brake will handle more than a plain brake. I doubt an HF cheap
hand bending machine (I wouldn't call it a brake) will handle much
over 20 ga. in aluminum, let alone steel., but I don't have a HF
catalog here to look for specs.
Don't get hurt. Take care.
Based on what you're calling the individual parts I'm guessing you're using
one of these?
If so, and if I understand you correctly you're clamping the pressing plate
onto the moving plate but that isn't correct. You should be clamping the
pressing plate onto the supporting plate and you should clamp it so that the
back edge of the pressing plate (the edge AWAY from the moving plate) is
even with the back edge of the supporting plate. The pressing plate should
be slightly less deep than the supporting plate and that should give you the
clearance you need for the bend.
Also, you shouldn't be clamping the workpiece to both the supporting plate
and the moving plate. Your workpiece should be sandwiched between the
pressing plate and the supporting plate and then that sandwich should be
clamped with a couple of C-clamps. Then you're ready to go!
One last thing... the specs say it will bend up to 16 gauge metal but that's
not at full width. At full width you'll be lucky to handle anything over 22
gauge. You MIGHT be able to do a 4" wide piece of 16 gauge if you baby it.
And one MORE last thing. :-) The gauges are usually referring to mild
steel. Stainless is tougher to bend so you won't be able to handle as thick
"I'm not grown up enough to be so old!"