View Full Version : Anybody tried this bender?
07-21-2008, 04:37 PM
This looks promising, but I'm wondering if anyone has experience with it.
07-21-2008, 06:44 PM
I have not used it but have been told it is best for conduit and similar thickness stuff...... as far as the quality of bends I have no info for you...... keep your eyes out on evil bay as they show up from time to time for less than the NT ones.
07-21-2008, 07:15 PM
I've never used it, but it looks like a good price for the number of dies alone. I have about $60 invested in my 1/2" and 1" Benfield EMT benders, but I bought them used.
07-21-2008, 08:41 PM
It does 3/4" and 1" square tubing, which is what caught my attention.
07-21-2008, 09:19 PM
Should be more than up to the job Rocky. I don't have that unit, but own a Hossfeld and by comparison you should be able to have a workable bender there. Long service life may be limited depending upon what the dies are made out of. Still, you're my age or older and I'd say the kids would probably still find the bender serviceable after you're gone. Do yourself a favor and convert over to hydraulic operation as soon as possible...I" square tube is quite a chore by the armstrong method. BTW, cheaper than one set of dies for a Hossfeld.
07-22-2008, 09:35 AM
A couple years back Stacy David from the Trucks! tv show used a bender like that to bend some square tubing for a floor insert on an old dodge truck. It seemed to work great.
07-24-2008, 04:52 PM
From their Web-site:
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Rock- that bender came up on the Forum a while ago but I can't find the thread- well I really don't want to look through about a billion posts on benders:D
08-04-2008, 02:51 PM
Appreciate this post Rocky, the sq tube capability is a forthcoming need for me. I called the retailer, they said they have 3 or 4 thousand of these machines in the field with positive feedback.
02-19-2009, 09:57 AM
i own and use that exaclty bender to built roof racks and utility cargo racks and almost any thing i realize a tube or square tube could be used
the only thing its that you need strong muscles or a very large handle in order to have bend anything with tick walls than counduit tube , but the bender kept up with the Job
only anoying thing its once you have finished the bend the tube gets caugth in the die and if you try to free pushing the tube , the die will spin becuase it only is designed to stop an the bending direction , i have fabricated a bracket with an adjuster that kept the die locked in the same position and the tube now could be pushed to released from the die
a hydro its a must to have , but if you dont , then you could exchange the cardio sesion for the bending session :D:D
PS more than 700 to 800 bends have been done on square 3/4 and 7/8 round have been done and no wear signals on dies , (some small flat retainer screw
used to retain handle and adjusting screw (the one that push the small die against the big one )
have been changed for allen's becuase they have become a PITA to tight each several bends
P.S in the square die when new , the material stay trapped in an we have to pry it out from the die, one its break in the die this not happen any more
i forgot to mention y have 3 different bases set up in my back yard
2 vertical mount and one horizontal i use to work alon and its easier to use the verticals one but im limited to bend as maximum 2.3 meters i have in the higest vertical mount
i use to build roof racks and 4x4 accessories and this its ok to my needs
02-20-2009, 05:00 AM
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