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Miniature hardline coax bender source in the US?

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Cubdriver:
Hi All -

I have a need to make bends in some miniature hardline (RG 405), and am looking for a tool to do so.  I found something that would be perfect:

https://www.rfshop.com.au/tools/for-semi-rigid-cable/cable-bender-semi-rigid-rg402-0-141-rg402bender.html, unfortunately for me it seems to be available in Australia and the UK.  Does anyone know of something similar that might be available in the US?  My searches thus far have been fruitless; have looked at Mouser, DK, Rio Grande (jewelry tools) and various other places that have turned up in searches using various combinations of terms.  Nothing like it shows up.

Before I go trying to make something similar, does anyone have any suggestions as to a US source for something like this?

Any suggestions would be most welcomed.

Thanks.

Best

-Pat

langwadt:

--- Quote from: Cubdriver on August 04, 2016, 08:50:48 pm ---Hi All -

I have a need to make bends in some miniature hardline (RG 405), and am looking for a tool to do so.  I found something that would be perfect:

https://www.rfshop.com.au/tools/for-semi-rigid-cable/cable-bender-semi-rigid-rg402-0-141-rg402bender.html, unfortunately for me it seems to be available in Australia and the UK.  Does anyone know of something similar that might be available in the US?  My searches thus far have been fruitless; have looked at Mouser, DK, Rio Grande (jewelry tools) and various other places that have turned up in searches using various combinations of terms.  Nothing like it shows up.

Before I go trying to make something similar, does anyone have any suggestions as to a US source for something like this?

Any suggestions would be most welcomed.

Thanks.

Best

-Pat

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Damn at that price I should make some, I thought Swagelok tube benders were expensive

T3sl4co1l:
Is that not simply a tubing bender? e.g. http://www.mcmaster.com/#2492a12/=13l02sz

Tim

langwadt:

--- Quote from: T3sl4co1l on August 04, 2016, 09:20:55 pm ---Is that not simply a tubing bender? e.g. http://www.mcmaster.com/#2492a12/=13l02sz

Tim

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I don't think mcmaster has one that'll work on 2mm ;)

Cubdriver:
The smallest tubing benders that seem to be readily available are for 1/8" diameter tubing, and this stuff is 0.0875" dia.  It's important to keep the cross section as even and round as possible because if it bends out of shape it buggers up the cable's impedance.  Unfortunately no joy at McMac - they were my first stop.

-Pat

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