TOOL MAINTENANCE
TOOL MAINTENANCE
• Provide several drops of oil to pivot points periodically to prevent binding.
• Keep all areas of the tool clean particularly those surfaces that contact Sheet metal work pieces. Dirt and metal chips can cause uneven clamping
and inaccurate bends.
• Store in a clean & dry environment when not in use. Coat all machined surfaces with a light lubricant film of oil or suitable protectant to
prevent rust formation.
Item #14042
ACCESSORIES
#28038
#13475
#28187
#51088
#20257
#20258
#20259
VERSA-BEND 20" OFFSET
SHEET METAL BRAKE
Sheet Metal Gauge
Electric Metal Cutting Shears
Bead Roller Kit
Shrinker/Stretcher Set
5PC Sheet Metal Layout Kit
Protractor
Ruler
INSTRUCTIONS
If you have any questions about the use of this product, please contact
The Eastwood Technical Assistance Service Department: 800.544.5118 >> email: techelp@eastwood.com
PDF version of this manual is available online >> eastwood.com/14042manual
The Eastwood Company 263 Shoemaker Road, Pottstown, PA 19464, USA
US and Canada: 800.345.1178 Outside US: 610.718.8335
Fax: 610.323.6268 eastwood.com
© Copyright 2014 Easthill Group, Inc.
Instruction #14042Q
Rev. 11/14
The EASTWOOD VERSA-BEND 20" OFFSET SHEET METAL BRAKE is a precision engineered metal working tool designed to produce both standard variable
length bends as well as accurate ½" offset bends up to 90° in mild, 20 gauge sheet steel and 18 gauge aluminum in widths up to 20". Also capable of creating
bends in 18 gauge steel in widths less than 12”. Create floor reinforcement channels and ribs, sections of corrugated pickup bed floors; truck bedside panels,
inner fender structures and much more all with one convenient vise or bench mount tool.
SAFETY INFORMATION
READ INSTRUCTIONS!
Thoroughly read and understand manual before using the Brake tool.
WARNING!
•
•
•
•
•
WARNING! This tool has pinch points with amplified leverage which can quickly cause severe injury!
Keep fingers and hands away from moving parts when operating.
Wear thick, well-fitting gloves to prevent cuts from handling sharp metal.
Frequently inspect moving parts. If damage is observed, discontinue use immediately.
Make sure the brake is securely fastened to a solid work surface before use.
Always wear eye protection when working with sheet metal as it may have sharp edges.
OFFSET METAL BRAKE ASSEMBLY
INCLUDES
(1) Offset Metal Brake Assembly
(2) Actuating Rods
(1) Vice Mount Tab and Hardware
Fig. 4
STANDARD BENDS UP TO 90°
With the 2" x 20" Extension Fence in place on the Bending Bar, conventional bends can
be made in 20 gauge mild steel panels up to 20" wide and 18 gauge in widths of 12" or
less. To do so;
• Measure and mark the desired bend line on your sheet metal panel.
• Loosen the Clamping Beam Hold-down T-Handles.
• Slide panel under the Clamping Beam lining up your pre-marked bend line with
the lower, beveled edge of the Clamping Beam. Note: this edge is set back
slightly from the main body of the brake to allow for a sufficient bend radius of
the metal and the most accurate bends (Fig 4).
• Tighten the Clamping Beam Hold-down T-Handles to hold the panel in place.
• Grasping both handles of the moveable Bending Bar, lift upward, bending your
panel until the desired bend angle is achieved.
NOTE: The use of an angle gauge or protractor (not included) is
recommended (Fig 5).
• Depending on the particular alloy being bent, it may be necessary to rotate the
Bending Bar slightly beyond the desired angle to allow for “springback”. Some
trial and error is suggested in scrap material before making final bends.
Fig. 5
Fig. 6
OFFSET “JOGGED” BENDS UP TO 90°
With the 2" x 20" Extension Fence removed from the Bending Bar, 1/2" offset bends
can be made in 20 gauge mild steel panels up to 20" wide and 18 gauge in widths of
✓
12" or less.
NOTE: It is strongly recommended to make a mockup of your final piece in heavy
construction paper or manila folder material prior to beginning as it is very easy to make
a mistake and create a bend in the wrong direction.
• Loosen and remove the 2 bolts securing the 2" x 20" Extension Fence to the
Bending Bar.
CAUTION! This Extension Fence is heavy and may cause personal injury
Fig. 7a
if dropped. Use care to support it during removal (Fig 6).
• Measure and mark the desired bend lines on your sheet metal panel.
• Loosen the Clamping Beam Hold-down T-Handles.
• Slide panel under the Clamping Beam lining up your pre-marked bend line with
the lower, beveled edge of the Clamping Beam.
NOTE: this edge is set back slightly from the main body of the brake to allow for
a sufficient bend radius of the metal and the most accurate bends (Fig 4).
• Tighten the Clamping Beam Hold-down T-Handles to hold the panel in place.
• Grasping both handles of the moveable Bending Bar, lift upward, bending your
Fig. 7b
panel until the desired bend angle is achieved.
NOTE: The use of an angle gauge or protractor (not included) is recommended.
• Depending on the particular alloy being bent, it may be necessary to rotate the
Bending Bar slightly beyond the desired angle to allow for “springback”. Some
trial and error is suggested in scrap material before making final bends.
• For successive bends, loosen the Clamping Beam, flip the panel over, place in
under the Clamping Beam then repeat steps outlined above.
(Fig 7a, 7b, 7c).
Extension
Fence Bolts
Actuating Rods
ASSEMBLY
Vice Mount Tab
✓
Assemble the two Actuating Rods to the pivoting Bending bar by inserting threaded ends into the threaded holes and tighten firmly.
SET-UP
VICE MOUNTING
• Attach the supplied Vice Mount
Tab by bolting in place on the
brake body and tighten the four
bolts (included) securely (Fig 1).
• Using a 6" or larger vice, place
the assembled unit with the vice
mount tab pointing downward
and between vice jaws. Be sure
to firmly tighten vice jaws to
prevent tool movement (Fig 2).
Fig. 1
Fig. 3
✓
20" x 2" Extension Fence
OPERATION
Fig. 7c
Fig. 2
BENCH MOUNTING
• Place the Eastwood Versa-Bend on a clean, stable, level surface at a comfortable working height. Mount securely to the work surface using 4 suitable
5/16" [8mm] lag screws or bolts (not included) through the four 21/64" [8.3mm] diameter holes in the base (Fig 3).
2
Eastwood Technical Assistance: 800.544.5118 >> techelp@eastwood.com
To order parts and supplies: 800.345.1178 >> eastwood.com
3
The EASTWOOD VERSA-BEND 20" OFFSET SHEET METAL BRAKE is a precision engineered metal working tool designed to produce both standard variable
length bends as well as accurate ½" offset bends up to 90° in mild, 20 gauge sheet steel and 18 gauge aluminum in widths up to 20". Also capable of creating
bends in 18 gauge steel in widths less than 12”. Create floor reinforcement channels and ribs, sections of corrugated pickup bed floors; truck bedside panels,
inner fender structures and much more all with one convenient vise or bench mount tool.
SAFETY INFORMATION
READ INSTRUCTIONS!
Thoroughly read and understand manual before using the Brake tool.
WARNING!
•
•
•
•
•
WARNING! This tool has pinch points with amplified leverage which can quickly cause severe injury!
Keep fingers and hands away from moving parts when operating.
Wear thick, well-fitting gloves to prevent cuts from handling sharp metal.
Frequently inspect moving parts. If damage is observed, discontinue use immediately.
Make sure the brake is securely fastened to a solid work surface before use.
Always wear eye protection when working with sheet metal as it may have sharp edges.
OFFSET METAL BRAKE ASSEMBLY
INCLUDES
(1) Offset Metal Brake Assembly
(2) Actuating Rods
(1) Vice Mount Tab and Hardware
Fig. 4
STANDARD BENDS UP TO 90°
With the 2" x 20" Extension Fence in place on the Bending Bar, conventional bends can
be made in 20 gauge mild steel panels up to 20" wide and 18 gauge in widths of 12" or
less. To do so;
• Measure and mark the desired bend line on your sheet metal panel.
• Loosen the Clamping Beam Hold-down T-Handles.
• Slide panel under the Clamping Beam lining up your pre-marked bend line with
the lower, beveled edge of the Clamping Beam. Note: this edge is set back
slightly from the main body of the brake to allow for a sufficient bend radius of
the metal and the most accurate bends (Fig 4).
• Tighten the Clamping Beam Hold-down T-Handles to hold the panel in place.
• Grasping both handles of the moveable Bending Bar, lift upward, bending your
panel until the desired bend angle is achieved.
NOTE: The use of an angle gauge or protractor (not included) is
recommended (Fig 5).
• Depending on the particular alloy being bent, it may be necessary to rotate the
Bending Bar slightly beyond the desired angle to allow for “springback”. Some
trial and error is suggested in scrap material before making final bends.
Fig. 5
Fig. 6
OFFSET “JOGGED” BENDS UP TO 90°
With the 2" x 20" Extension Fence removed from the Bending Bar, 1/2" offset bends
can be made in 20 gauge mild steel panels up to 20" wide and 18 gauge in widths of
✓
12" or less.
NOTE: It is strongly recommended to make a mockup of your final piece in heavy
construction paper or manila folder material prior to beginning as it is very easy to make
a mistake and create a bend in the wrong direction.
• Loosen and remove the 2 bolts securing the 2" x 20" Extension Fence to the
Bending Bar.
CAUTION! This Extension Fence is heavy and may cause personal injury
Fig. 7a
if dropped. Use care to support it during removal (Fig 6).
• Measure and mark the desired bend lines on your sheet metal panel.
• Loosen the Clamping Beam Hold-down T-Handles.
• Slide panel under the Clamping Beam lining up your pre-marked bend line with
the lower, beveled edge of the Clamping Beam.
NOTE: this edge is set back slightly from the main body of the brake to allow for
a sufficient bend radius of the metal and the most accurate bends (Fig 4).
• Tighten the Clamping Beam Hold-down T-Handles to hold the panel in place.
• Grasping both handles of the moveable Bending Bar, lift upward, bending your
Fig. 7b
panel until the desired bend angle is achieved.
NOTE: The use of an angle gauge or protractor (not included) is recommended.
• Depending on the particular alloy being bent, it may be necessary to rotate the
Bending Bar slightly beyond the desired angle to allow for “springback”. Some
trial and error is suggested in scrap material before making final bends.
• For successive bends, loosen the Clamping Beam, flip the panel over, place in
under the Clamping Beam then repeat steps outlined above.
(Fig 7a, 7b, 7c).
Extension
Fence Bolts
Actuating Rods
ASSEMBLY
Vice Mount Tab
✓
Assemble the two Actuating Rods to the pivoting Bending bar by inserting threaded ends into the threaded holes and tighten firmly.
SET-UP
VICE MOUNTING
• Attach the supplied Vice Mount
Tab by bolting in place on the
brake body and tighten the four
bolts (included) securely (Fig 1).
• Using a 6" or larger vice, place
the assembled unit with the vice
mount tab pointing downward
and between vice jaws. Be sure
to firmly tighten vice jaws to
prevent tool movement (Fig 2).
Fig. 1
Fig. 3
✓
20" x 2" Extension Fence
OPERATION
Fig. 7c
Fig. 2
BENCH MOUNTING
• Place the Eastwood Versa-Bend on a clean, stable, level surface at a comfortable working height. Mount securely to the work surface using 4 suitable
5/16" [8mm] lag screws or bolts (not included) through the four 21/64" [8.3mm] diameter holes in the base (Fig 3).
2
Eastwood Technical Assistance: 800.544.5118 >> techelp@eastwood.com
To order parts and supplies: 800.345.1178 >> eastwood.com
3
TOOL MAINTENANCE
• Provide several drops of oil to pivot points periodically to prevent binding.
• Keep all areas of the tool clean particularly those surfaces that contact Sheet metal work pieces. Dirt and metal chips can cause uneven clamping
and inaccurate bends.
• Store in a clean & dry environment when not in use. Coat all machined surfaces with a light lubricant film of oil or suitable protectant to
prevent rust formation.
Item #14042
ACCESSORIES
#28038
#13475
#28187
#51088
#20257
#20258
#20259
VERSA-BEND 20" OFFSET
SHEET METAL BRAKE
Sheet Metal Gauge
Electric Metal Cutting Shears
Bead Roller Kit
Shrinker/Stretcher Set
5PC Sheet Metal Layout Kit
Protractor
Ruler
INSTRUCTIONS
If you have any questions about the use of this product, please contact
The Eastwood Technical Assistance Service Department: 800.544.5118 >> email: techelp@eastwood.com
PDF version of this manual is available online >> eastwood.com/14042manual
The Eastwood Company 263 Shoemaker Road, Pottstown, PA 19464, USA
US and Canada: 800.345.1178 Outside US: 610.718.8335
Fax: 610.323.6268 eastwood.com
© Copyright 2014 Easthill Group, Inc.
Instruction #14042Q
Rev. 11/14
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