I have been shopping for quite a while now for a metal bender and a scroll bender.
I'm ready to buy a pedestal mounted bender.
In 1982, I bought a Hossfeld vise mounted scroll bender with three wheels and the attachments for $185. Now, it is close to $600.
OTOH, I bought a pedestal bender from "Breakdown Industries" for $150, and never used it. The new ones look just like it, and are priced about the same.
I can't justify this purchase of the scroll bender. On that one, I paid for it in one job. It would take longer this time to amortize the cost.
So, I am looking for a cheaper scroll bender. And I will need a bender, too.
I have been looking at the 2020 benders, and the like.Yet, when I look a little further, I find the likes of: which looks a lot like the same thing, yet light years away from each other in price.
Is there that much difference in quality, materials or workmanship?
I tend to overbuy, but I just don't like spending $600 when I can get the same for a lot less. Heck, I could buy the bender and the scroll maker for less than $600 and have enough for an evening at the Cottontail Ranch.
For anyone out there who does bending, who has experience with this sort of things, I would appreciate some help.
I am going to bend:1/8" thick by 1/2" wide scrolls
1/4" MAX, but 90 % of the time, probably 1/8" thick flat bar up to 2" wide
round and square bar, but only 3/8" and smaller.
Lots of small decorative bends for component pieces. Rarely if ever anything substantial in cross section. (as in greater than 1/2 square inch)
Help appreciated. I think I have it narrowed down to the cheaper one, but want to make sure I'm not missing something obvious before I press the plastic.