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#162401 - 04/18/07 04:43 PM Conduit Bender
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Registered: 09/14/04
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Loc: Vernon Hills, IL
I am going to be looking to purchase a bender soon and was wondering what kind do you like and why.
Preferably it would bend both ridgid and emt and be able to be moved by a van and two guys.
I was thinking of the Greenlee 555 with both shoe groups.
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#162409 - 04/18/07 07:50 PM Re: Conduit Bender [Re: bot540]
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Registered: 09/15/05
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the triple nickle is a great bender, along with it's bigger versions, is my favorite..rugged and dependable...I might be mistaken but the newest ones have a 20A plug on them...so you might need a pigtail.

the Gardner Cyclone is handy too ascan be rotated to horizontal, but takes some getting used to and you sometimes wish you had three hands with it , but has good repeatability if your running racks with parallel bends, since it has a built-in protractor that stops bending at your setting
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#162448 - 04/19/07 08:03 AM Re: Conduit Bender [Re: togol]
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Registered: 04/17/05
Posts: 127
Loc: Florida
The 555 can be put horizontally, too. I have one with both shoe sets. I think it's a good choice. And yes, it does have a 20A plug on it.

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#162457 - 04/19/07 10:03 AM Re: Conduit Bender [Re: XtheEdgeX]
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Registered: 07/16/02
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I have one (555) , great bender, but I hope your van has a dolly lift cause the thing weighs about 800 pounds.

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#162468 - 04/19/07 12:52 PM Re: Conduit Bender [Re: macmikeman]
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Enerpac version of GB (Like 555) with 'tilt' feature. 15+/- yrs, no issues, no problems.

But.....it's hefty. Ramp, & at least two strong bulls & it's in.

John
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#162479 - 04/19/07 05:51 PM Re: Conduit Bender [Re: XtheEdgeX]
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I wasn't sure it was the 555, but since you own yours
you have an adapter or pigtail.:)

I vaguely recall when the first of those 20A units showed up without neither and all that was on the temp power were 15A receps.... someone would just twist the prong to try to make it work, either that or you had a bunch of guys standing around with nothing to do ...other times the plug would get cut off and a cord cap wired on....

the one on the job now is so old it still has a drum switch for reverse...but it works just fine. even though it gets left out in the weather anyhow since that's where the work is.
I told my tool partner that I thought it was the same bender I used back in the late 80s with this shop
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#162884 - 04/26/07 04:12 PM Re: Conduit Bender [Re: togol]
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Registered: 12/04/04
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Loc: Massachusetts
I prefer the 882CB with the 975 pump.
One person can move just the pieces needed and set up in no time.
Can even be brought up stairs by one guy in pieces for those small jobs.

I also have wheels on the box so it can be rolled up ramps into the van if you need all of the parts.

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#162886 - 04/26/07 04:26 PM Re: Conduit Bender [Re: tkb]
bot540 Offline
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Registered: 09/14/04
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Loc: Vernon Hills, IL
I have used the gardner bender model and liked it, but I try to avoid buing their tools. Besides the thing cost close to just as much as the greenlee smart bender.
Does anyone own the 855? It looks like it makes bending easy.
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#162913 - 04/27/07 02:15 PM Re: Conduit Bender [Re: bot540]
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Registered: 03/17/07
Posts: 25
Loc: Maryland
if you ask me the 855 smartbender is the best on the market for bending up to 2" conduit. emt imc rmc the digital control makes bending the same bend over and over easier. its on wheels so you can move it around fairly easy.

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#162968 - 04/27/07 11:18 PM Re: Conduit Bender [Re: Mark20]
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The one I have is a 555 SBC, a defunct series, it has the programable pendant, and wheels. It has two seperate sets of bending shoes which is not as efficient as the new 855 series, but otherwise they are pretty much the same machine.

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