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Using the K & S Mighty Wire Bender

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Graham R02/11/2018 12:27:49
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Thank you for this interesting thread. What I have problems with is working out where I should locate the wire so that it’s the right length after bending. Where do you set the registration mark on the bender and how do you determine where to make the wire which will take into account the radius of the bend.  I guess that it also depends on the dia of the wire. (Hope I’ve explained it ok)

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Don Fry02/11/2018 12:41:07
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I too use the bar of a K&S bender, but instead of the fixed part, use quarter inch (same size) silver steel rods, 50 mm long. Transfer the drawing onto a piece of MDF, has to be hard and stable, and then drill so that the silver steel rods can be tapped in with a hammer. Photo explains. The smaller holes are for the screws and washers used to trap the wire, i.e., for the first bend the order of parts is, trap the wire, fulcrum, bending bar., then you shuffle along, bend to bend.

System works, and all the bends are on one plane. The angle iron is a home made bender with a bit more length than the commercial unit. Marked with use, as I threw its predecessor out as scrap.

Photo tell all. One explain, where the heavy marker line turns short of the final hole! Ignore, the wire is bent on the hole. I drew the marker to emphasise the wire path and cocked up. Excuse mess, got a bench crisis

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J V R02/11/2018 12:41:44
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Hi DM

Your post has just reminded me how I used to bend steel pipes with a hydraulic bender and we had to give it 1.5 extra pumps on the ram to overcome the spring in the pipes, the biggest I bent was 2'' but the benders we used went up to 4'' if I remember correctly.

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Graham R02/11/2018 13:46:53
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Thank you David for and excellent tutorial on wire bending. I’m going to print it out and hang it in the workshop for use later when needed.

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Plummet02/11/2018 14:13:45
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Can I suggest that the above would make a superb magazine article?

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Manish Chandrayan02/11/2018 14:59:13
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Two thumbs for being published as a magazine article yesyes

David, thank you for a nice tutorial

Anthony Wright 302/11/2018 15:16:09
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Yes I achieve the same results with a marker pen a vice and a hammer .Time involved about two minutes !

Don Fry02/11/2018 15:36:06
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In yer dreams son

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