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Master bender

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Greenery, Feb 1, 2014.

  1. Greenery

    Greenery 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,380

    Any suggestions on how to bend this sucker back in shape?
    It needs to be fairly straight to work.
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  2. Greenery

    Greenery 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,380

    Uhoh!

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    I tried rotating the pics but cant figure it out..
     
    Last edited: Feb 1, 2014
  3. Greenery

    Greenery 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,380

  4. Moose's Mowing

    Moose's Mowing Senior Member
    from SE PA
    Messages: 198

    is it just the mounting tabs that are bend? How thick are they? If that's the case, get a rosebud torch on it, heat it up till it's cherry red, then either use a big pipe wrench to grab it and bend it back, or use a sledge hammer. To get it roughly straight, you could check it a long steel bench rule or something that you know is true. And no, you're ****** probably isn't long or straight enough.
     
  5. Greenery

    Greenery 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,380

    I think its probably 1/2"- 5/8", haven't measured. But good idea. Do you think that will weaken it much?
    And Lol what about my ******?
     
  6. Moose's Mowing

    Moose's Mowing Senior Member
    from SE PA
    Messages: 198

    I'm sure your ****** is just fine. Lol. As long as you don't get the steel too hot it won't affect its strength. You gotta get past it's "yield" point to change the physical properties. No idea what that temp is for steel off hand but you can look it up. Basically, do t make it "white hot" heat it till it's bright orange and bend it back. Outta be fine. You'll prob def need a rosebud tip to heat that thickness. I usually use my cutting torch to do that kind of stuff to avoid changing things back and forth but the rosebud will work faster and heat it better
     
    Last edited: Feb 1, 2014
  7. leolkfrm

    leolkfrm PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,414

    cant tell what s bent!...maybe its the jack!
     
  8. Greenery

    Greenery 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,380

    Sorry for my bad pics.. the first one shows it best. The mounting prongs are bent. I'll get a better pic in a bit.
     
  9. Greenery

    Greenery 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,380

    Oh ook I thought maybe you were suggesting I use it as a sledge hammer. And thanks for the tips
     
  10. goel

    goel PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,079

    Gotta say. Good job bending it.
     
  11. WIPensFan

    WIPensFan PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,495

    How did you bend it?

    That second shot of it on the truck it looks really F'ed up.
     
  12. snoworks1

    snoworks1 Senior Member
    Messages: 111

    Here is my attempt at bending metal!

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  13. Greenery

    Greenery 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,380

    Pin fell out on one side. I will be using bolts and nyloc nuts instead of the spring retainer pin thingy from now on.

    Im not sure if the wing caught some grass or what but it did have a very full load of snow when it bent.
     
  14. fireball

    fireball PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 536

    Ah, the things the pull plow salesman never tells you about
     
  15. Greenery

    Greenery 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,380

    As in, immedietly throw away the retention pins we provide and use something less likely to fail?
     
  16. zlssefi

    zlssefi Senior Member
    Messages: 117

    Id heat it up with it attached to the truck then try to push it back over with a skid steer. Leaving it attached will keep the mounting points close to where the need to be.
     
  17. jasonv

    jasonv PlowSite.com Addict
    from kannada
    Messages: 1,114

    Hmm, I'd have to say that its probably better to NOT ram the truck with a skid steer.

    OP should just use proper measuring equipment and proper heat and a BFH.
     
  18. Whiffyspark

    Whiffyspark 2000 Club Member
    from SOMD
    Messages: 2,402

    Why would you ram it? Just constant easy pressure with the skid. Same principle as heating and bending it
     
  19. jasonv

    jasonv PlowSite.com Addict
    from kannada
    Messages: 1,114

    If you don't want to ram it, use the proper tools. NOT a skid steer.
     
  20. zlssefi

    zlssefi Senior Member
    Messages: 117

    Id like you guys to show me where i said RAM it with a skidsteer. I never said that and id never do that. I said PUSH, it is possible to push mounting points back to their original location once the metal is heated up. Ive done this before and I know it works. Have a nice day.......