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#173099 - 01/02/08 03:22 PM 15 degree mark on hand bender?
denny3992 Offline
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Any body know why nobody puts the 15 degree mark on a hand bender?

Denny
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#173112 - 01/02/08 07:06 PM Re: 15 degree mark on hand bender? [Re: denny3992]
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Not offhand, but I do know that Gardner Bedner benders (you know the one with the bubble levels that everybody hates blush) has a spot that lines up with the arrow at 15 degrees. I like that one for 1/2 pipe, but never use anything but Greenlee or Ideal for larger than that pipe.
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#173119 - 01/02/08 10:37 PM Re: 15 degree mark on hand bender? [Re: denny3992]
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I think they just provide marks for the more common bends. You would usually use around 10° for little kicks anyway.
If you need too, you could make your own 15° mark by using a scrap piece of EMT, a protractor and a file to make a mark level with the floor.
Then color in the mark with a black sharpie to make it easier to see.

Speaking of Gardner Bender, the thing that takes some getting use to with those is that the when the handle is straight up it’s a 45° bend, as opposed to a 30° bend for Benfield style benders. So, your multiplier is 1.4 with 3/8” shrink per inch verses 2.0 and 1/4” shrink.
I say, if you want to do math all day use Gardner Bender, if you want to get some work done use Benfield. grin
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#173133 - 01/03/08 08:37 AM Re: 15 degree mark on hand bender? [Re: KJay]
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Good ol' Kentucky windage works for me.
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#173143 - 01/03/08 02:11 PM Re: 15 degree mark on hand bender? [Re: sparkyinak]
KJay Offline
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sparkyinak,
I’ll sometimes do the same thing for single runs, but I could never seem to get multiple runs to look decent without measuring and marking everything as I go.
Same for me, even with PVC. frown
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#173153 - 01/03/08 05:11 PM Re: 15 degree mark on hand bender? [Re: KJay]
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I agree
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#173160 - 01/03/08 08:27 PM Re: 15 degree mark on hand bender? [Re: sparkyinak]
ShockMe77 Offline
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Would using 15º bends even make much sense?

I almost always bend with 30º bends because the multiplier is easiest to remember.
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