A chopper class like no other

When Daniel Twigden got the call to create his own class at the Manteca Adult School in Manteca, California, he organised one of the few chopper building classes in the country to his knowledge.

“We teach you how to build rigid frame choppers, like a 1948 Panhead, and other traditional style motorcycle frames,” says Twigden.

A passionate metalworker, Twigden says that passing along his knowledge gives him true fulfilment in his industry. And the skills he shares provides his students with a chance to learn a metalworking craft that brings both joy and potentially income down the road.

In the shop at Manteca, visitors will see a range of Baileigh Industrial machines contributing to the learning environment.
“As a class, Baileigh tools enables us to expedite the process,” says Twigden. “You can do all of these same tasks by hand with hand tools or tools that aren’t set up for volume manufacturing. So, having these big tools just enables me to teach what would take weeks, in days, and what would take months, in weeks. Really, it’s invaluable as a teacher to have these tools.
Specifically, Twigden calls his Baileigh RDB-175 tube bender the backbone of the chopper class, with its ability to cut all of the tube bending down from a week or so to just a few lessons.

The Manteca shops also feature an SH-12010 sheet metal shear, SR-5016 slip roll, HSP-66M-HD hydraulic press, and an BB-9610H heavy-duty hydraulic box and pan (finger) brake.

“Across all the campuses here at Manteca Unified School District, we’ve found Baileigh is one of the most reliable tools out there,” concludes Twigden.

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