I dont know but i have the JD2. It makes nice bends without kinking, and is pretty straight forward to use.
However my bender does not always advance to the next tooth after a bend. I sometimes have to slide a small wrench in between the teeth to get more bend to allow me to go to the next tooth. Ive never heard of any other JD2 owners having this problem.
Because of this, I would probably buy a different bender next time around.
I bought a Desert Tool bender and it works great. The two are very similar, but I went with Desert Tool because the company is local (Corona), everything is in stock and can be picked up, and the owner is willing to answer any questions you may have and gives plenty of tips.
I haven't used or seen a desert tools but I have the JD2. For the most part it works great. I'm only a little disappointed in the pivot where the ratcheting levers are. Their is a sleeve that is wearing out and making it sloppy. This doesnt effect the bends in anyway, it's just not as tight as it used to be. I'm converting it to hydraulic soon so that will all be removed and wont be an issue. Other than that it works great.
Does anyone have an opinion on pro-tools manual bender. I have been looking into a bender and am unable to decide between JD2 and protools, also does desert tools have a web site with the bender on it. Thanks for any info. www.pro-tools.com
I have a Pro Tools manual bender. Its about 10 years old now and still works well although some of the pivots are worn. They have made improvements since I bought mine. The dies have a feature that prevent "spring back". It takes a little longer to use it, but it keeps tension on the tube between pulls and prevents the tube from slipping in the die. Pro Tools and JD2 are very similar and both are located in the same area of Florida (coincidence?). I also have they're hole saw tube notcher, very sturdy.