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Wire Bender For Crankbaits

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Is anyone using a wire bender for their crank/jerkbaits? I am working on some cranks with screw eyes and others with one piece wire construction. I've seen videos on making a jig/template with pins and hand bending to get the shape you want, but didn't know if a wire bender would be able to make the bends. the shape would look something like a T with eyelets on all three ends. Trying to streamline the process and make the bends on a consistent basis. Rough photo attached. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

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I've never used a bender but wouldn't you need a template to get the distances correct anyway?  One thing I recommend is to use soft versus hard temper stainless steel wire.  It's much easier to bend and in a small diameter loops like hook hangers, it's still strong.  It's all I use on bass baits anymore.  I free hand my thru-wire frames and the soft temper wire makes it easy.  If the frame gets out of plane, bending it flat again is a snap.  I get type 304 soft temper stainless from McMaster-Carr.

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Where do others get their wire from? I am just starting with through wire construction and I figure the 30 lb, coated, braided leader wire I was going to use isn't such a good idea.

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Bsg, I don't think it's a good wire because you won't be able to tune the crankbait with braided leader wire.  Guys get wire from all over - but instead of burning gas searching for it, I prefer to order from McMaster-Carr:  http://www.mcmaster.com/#metal-wire/=lu29l7

 

I use the soft temper type 304 wire in .041" diameter for bass baits.

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Thanks fellas. That's what I found in another TU thread to get. I was just hoping to be able to buy local as I'd like it right now (lol). I already called a local bicycle shop (wire too thick) and the local Gander Mtn which doesn't carry it. Btw, this is just for hard body topwater frogs and mice so the tuning wouldn't come into play I don't think.

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BobP...My thought process was to try to mark the bend points on the wire before bending them. Gonna order some .035 wire and toy with the jig. Tried hand bending with bigger wire (for musky) and it wasn't fun. Thanks for the input.

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19 gauge SS wire from rural king, tractor supply, or Ace hardware.  I'm sure the same company makes it for each.  Easy wire to twist as well as bend in a jig.

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Thanks fellas.  I just placed my order with McMaster-Carr.  One spool of 304 soft temper stainless .032, one spool of .041.  Makes me nervous they don't tell you what shipping cost is going to be right away.

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Do you guys only buy the matte finish or is the spring back wire with bright finish the same thing only with a bright finish?

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I also get my wire from McMaster Carr. Matt finish is fine , but make sure you get the spring back type of wire

 

Gino

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I'd say just the opposite - get the soft temper "bend and stay" matte finish "safety wire", not the hard temper bright finish "spring back" wire.  I've been using it on crankbaits for 10 years and it works great.

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I ordered wire from McMaster Carr at about 6:00 Monday and it was waiting for me when I got home Tuesday from work. Fast! And shipping for 2 one lb spools was under five dollars.

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Bsg, I don't think it's a good wire because you won't be able to tune the crankbait with braided leader wire.  Guys get wire from all over - but instead of burning gas searching for it, I prefer to order from McMaster-Carr:  http://www.mcmaster.com/#metal-wire/=lu29l7

 

I use the soft temper type 304 wire in .041" diameter for bass baits.

Bob,

I got my 304 .041 sst wire from McMaster-Carr this week, and tried to "twist one up" today.  What a difference!

It is so much easier to work with than the "soft" tempered .041 wire I had been using.

Thank you very much.

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