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    • October 3, 2012 11:08 AM EDT
      • Tiburon, California
         
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      Foregoing my earlier plan to build my own rail bender, I bought in to an Aristocraft dual rail bender (presently on sale at $119). http://www.aristocraft.com/ART11921-DUAL-RAIL-BENDER_p_422.html This massive chunk of metal arrived quickly, and I was soon at work re-curving the wobbly belly bends I had laid out the earlier month. Nice smooth action, and easily cleaned up my work on the AML Aluminum 332 track. I have no experience with other benders, but I am very happy with this tool. Note earlier discussion here: http://www.largescalecentral.com/LSCForums/viewtopic.php?id=10408

    • October 3, 2012 11:17 AM EDT
      • Shut up Rooster
         
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      I always use my friends Aristo Railbender. It works great and does the trick. Better then using my homemade. bender.
    • October 3, 2012 12:59 PM EDT
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      I've had one for several years and it's still works great!
    • October 3, 2012 1:00 PM EDT
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      Chuck Inlow said:
      I've had one for several years and it's still works great!
      They wear out??? Who knew? :P
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    • October 3, 2012 6:38 PM EDT
      • Smoggy L.A., Left Coast
         
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      Whats the minimum radius and minimum rail code that one could bend down to with one of these? Just curious .... ;)
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    • October 3, 2012 6:48 PM EDT
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      Well, I had no trouble getting down to a two foot radius (four foot diameter) and it seemed like there was more room to spare in the tool, so it can get as small as you want, I guess.

      Rail code, well, I'd ask them. The caphead screws barely clear the ties, so you may need to get a different tool or replace the screws with something flatter.
    • October 4, 2012 11:25 PM EDT

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      some people have ground the heads down a bit, Aristo recommended adding a cardboard spacer somewhere to help clearance. I did not finish reading the recommendation when I read cardboard.

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    • October 5, 2012 12:04 AM EDT
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      Well, that may be a bit abrupt. One could shim the sliders with anything. Styrene, aluminum sheet, squished cookies. In any case, it's working great for me.
    • October 5, 2012 12:48 AM EDT

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      you must work for Aristo ha ha! Squished cookies indeed.
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    • November 23, 2012 8:22 PM EST
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      Squished Cookies... that HAS to be an excellent name for a browser add-on!
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