roller bender

This is a roller bender, I made it with a lot of spare parts although I did have to buy the bearings and chain to power it. The handle came off a  large gate valve they were discarding from a previous job. I am glad I saved it.
the way it works is, you place a flat piece of steel or pipe you want a radius or even to make a circle and keep tension on the top roller while the bottom two turn thus rolling the steel back and forth until the desired radius, It is fun to use, especially because it is made, not bought, and works well and even better than one bought.

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About Thewelder

After serving 4 years in the Marine Corp from 1963-67 when I got home I started an apprenticeship with the plumbers union, Part of my training was learning the basics of welding. I immediately took to it and have been doing it ever since.I have welded around the country in a lot of the nuclear, and major power plants. I always thought of using my welding skills and applying them to creating art. I love working with the different steels and manipulating them with welding or forging. I am retired now from power plants but still love what I do, forming metal, all my birds and fish are started with a solid block of steel and then ground down to shape. They take a lot of time so in-between all that grinding I try to have fun with some lawn art and furniture.
I now live in Northwest Montana, How can you not do art surrounded by all this beauty and inspiration.

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