So its cool to miter tubing now?

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dose

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Just asking because i am seeing a lot of builds lately with mitered tubing joints all over instead of using a bend.
I defiantly understand it would make fab easier in many situations instead of a tricky bend but is it as strong or require extra gussets?
I was a finish carpenter for years so i could miter the shit out of some tubes if its acceptable on my next build.
Last time I did a cage 15 years ago that was a no no...
 

dsrtrcr01

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Right? I remember people making fun of the guys building stuff with no bends. Now it is ok. I wonder if all those newbs without a tube bender from back in the day are just doing this to laugh at all those that made fun of them before.
 

Brandon_Charley

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Not sure that it is faster. A proper mitered joint is not a butt joint, it is capped first, when adding the time to make the cap without a plasma table I would bet that the time difference between a bend is negligible.
 
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dose

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Not sure that it is faster. A proper mitered joint is not a butt joint, it is capped first, when adding the time to make the cap without a plasma table I would bet that the time difference between a bend is negligible.
Ok I was assuming they are usually butt joints, so you weld a cap to both ends before they are connected?
 

FasterNU

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"Yes"

I like the look of miters in certain spots better.... and bends in certain spots.

I redid the tubes out the back of my cab with miters instead of bends this time. I like the miter look better. AND>> in this case, a miter was a way easier repair! (Tube was already sleeved)



I just weld the shit all at once though....



 

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