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  • #16
    That pro tools one looks nice. The Harbor Frieght one is worth the 40 bucks, I've been using one for my cage. It's not the best notcher out there, but it's better than grinding the notches out.

    I clamped mine in a vise, after bolting it to a chunk of angle iron.

    http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n...rs-cage008.jpg

    Makes geat notches:

    http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n...rs-cage011.jpg

    Which makes for a nice end product:

    http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n...rs-cage023.jpg

    As mentioned, use some cutting oil, and let the bit do the work. I started out uing my 18V cordless, and ended up using a Milwaukee 1/2'' right angle drill motor, worked great.

    One thing with the HF notcher, the clamp that holds the tube wasn't centered with the arbor for the bit, I had to put flat washers (1 at each bolt) under it to shim it out.

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    • #17
      Here's what my revers a bars look like. They can be mounted down for a step or up for the extra protection.

      http://forums.4wd.com/kyoung_4wdforu...ad.php?t=31283

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      • #18
        OK, I'm sold on the HF notcher. I'd be thrilled to weld on tube notched that cleanly.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by khartig View Post
          Here's what my revers a bars look like. They can be mounted down for a step or up for the extra protection.

          http://forums.4wd.com/kyoung_4wdforu...ad.php?t=31283
          I want something similar to what you have but maybe a little more like the extreme version. But I am putting a 1" body lift on, so I want it to tuck up close to the body, plus I would like to tie the cage into it as well.

          Originally posted by willness33 View Post
          OK, I'm sold on the HF notcher. I'd be thrilled to weld on tube notched that cleanly.
          Me to, I think it is worth a shot for $40, grinding knotches in tubing is no fun.

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          • #20
            Actually, if you look at the HF notcher, it seems like a copy of the Pro-Tools one. If we didn't have the Pro-Tools one, I'd see no reason to NOT go with the HF one. If you take care of it, it will last.

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            • #21
              Originally posted by Hill, Bill E View Post



              Which makes for a nice end product:

              http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n...rs-cage023.jpg
              I'm convinced...the HF is where I'll run when it comes time.

              HB that's a sweet cage...what did you use to make your bends?

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              • #22
                Originally posted by Hill, Bill E View Post
                Which makes for a nice end product:

                http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n...rs-cage023.jpg
                Originally posted by mdwatkins View Post
                I'm convinced...the HF is where I'll run when it comes time.

                HB that's a sweet cage...what did you use to make your bends?
                I agree mdwatkins the cage is really nice, HB do you want to make a trip to PA when I'm ready to build the cage for my Jeep?

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                • #23
                  I knew I had seen that cage before...

                  I've been talking with your buddy over on JU in the Fabricators forum DUH...Trying to convince him to cut me a deal to bend up the A to C pillars bar and the bent cross members and send them to me...Twist his arm a little for me would ya

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