I also built one, and I think the building is more than 1/2 the fun of a Bender. The other advantage is that if you can handle the fact that it's a light, wood, camera (i.e. don't treat it like a 4x5 Linhof Tech in the field), it's easy to carry, use, and modify. By adding two small piece of wood to the front, and the Bag Bellows, I have a field camera that weighs less than the 75mm Nikkor I put on it.
For longer lenses, or general 4x5 use, I think my tailboard Burke and James is a superior camera, though much heavier. If I were to do it again, I'd look for a used Calumet Woodfield, or Tachihari.
The best part of the Bender for me was that it gave me the confidence to build a new back porch. This may or may not be an advantage in your world.