Bending Metal In A Home Workshop

Metal BenderBending metal in an industrial environment usually involves heating in order to make the metal more flexible and easier to bend, but it is possible to bend metal using mechanical means without heating or returning to the metal supplier if you have the appropriate equipment in your home workshop – either a ring roller or a metal bender.

Ring rollers are particularly useful when you want to bend an entire metal sheet to the same angle rather than just one particular section. Rollers have three dies which rotate – two on the bottom alongside each other and one on the top in the middle. Altering the distance between the top and bottom dies sets the angle the metal flat bar or sheet will be bent at.

Generally sharper metal angles are more difficult to bend when you roll the metal through the dies. New rollers will automatically roll but older models may need hand cranking in order to work. As the piece of metal moves through the machinery the top die will push it down between the two bottom ones to bend it into the desired shape as it moves through. Don’t worry about the metal shifting during rolling – the dies press down tightly enough that this is not a problem.

Metal benders are far more versatile, and as well as bending entire pieces of metal at a single angle they can also bend individual metal sections or even bend a particular sheet of metal at several varying angles. For home workshop use look for a compact metal bender – although not as powerful, and less able to bend thick metal bars and sheets, they take up less space and should be more than useful for most projects. The exact capabilities will depend upon the model you have.

Compact metal benders only have two dies, one which is moveable and one fixed. A lever is used to move one die which pushes the metal into shape around the fixed one. In order to change the angle produced you change the die size – most benders come with a selection included, and you can also buy additional dies to expand your options.

For a wide range of metal to buy online in a variety of pre-formed shapes and all cut to your desired size, try visiting online metal supplier www.clickmetal.co.uk today.

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