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#47240 - 01/12/05 04:06 PM Benders and Tuggers
detubbs Offline

Registered: 11/18/04
Posts: 52
Loc: PA
what type of benders do you guys have for anything over 1"EMT i noticed some of the bigger contractors around here have racheting greenlee benders. they're a bit pricey aren't they? do they limit your versatility?

and secondly what kind of cable pullers do you guys use? what do they run?

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#47241 - 01/12/05 04:34 PM Re: Benders and Tuggers
Active 1 Offline

Registered: 02/22/03
Posts: 684
Loc: Grayslake IL, USA
Greenlee 880 hydralic here. Looking for a deal on an 882. Like to get one to do bigger pipe to. I can't understand paying the high price for a new mechanical bender compared to the price of a hydralic.


#47242 - 01/12/05 05:16 PM Re: Benders and Tuggers
golf junkie Offline

Registered: 04/22/01
Posts: 511
Loc: York, NE
We pulled parallel runs of 500mcm today, about 350'. The temperature was right at 20°F.

We used an all terrain forklift that happened to be on the jobsite.
We don't have a tugger.

#47243 - 01/12/05 05:35 PM Re: Benders and Tuggers
HotLine1 Offline


Registered: 04/03/02
Posts: 6792
Loc: Brick, NJ USA
Greenlee Super Tugger kit...handles anything so far.

Also have the Greenlee cable type for small pulls. Just have to stock-up on shear pins.

Enerpac Electric Bender 1/2 to 2" EMT/RGC/IMC.

Rent the Greenlee Hydraulic for anything >2"

PVC Hotbox...GB up to 2"....rental for anything larger.

#47244 - 01/12/05 05:42 PM Re: Benders and Tuggers
Jps1006 Offline

Registered: 01/22/04
Posts: 609
Loc: Northern IL
Golf Junkie, YIKES. That must have been like pulling rebar.

We hit 61F today out here by Chicago.

#47245 - 01/12/05 08:36 PM Re: Benders and Tuggers
trollog Offline

Registered: 10/02/04
Posts: 273
Loc: San Diego California USA
an ancient greenlee 555 that looks like it was purchased from the jawas' in "Star Wars" for stuff over 1" and

For cable pulling, a greenlee ultra-tugger, and- saw it for the first time in the shop last week- some red-painted dealie that runs off of a super hole hawg. The red painted dealie wins the prize in my book for fitting into odd places, but the greenlee I think could pull an elephant whole, through 1" conduit... For smaller pulls we sometimes use a pulley attached to a rafter or floor joist and our backs.. the worst method in my opinion...

#47246 - 01/12/05 09:08 PM Re: Benders and Tuggers
Northbayec Offline

Registered: 12/16/04
Posts: 26
Loc: San Rafael, CA U.S.A
The tugger powered by the Hole Hawg is great for adding some years on your back, Trollog. Very ideal for runs under 2" and for a pull set-up in a tight area. The Greenlee tugger I use has a rope that dosent fit in pipe smaller than 2" but at 10000lbs max torque it is ideal for those long 4" 500mcm pulls.

#47247 - 01/13/05 01:23 AM Re: Benders and Tuggers
e57 Offline

Registered: 05/27/03
Posts: 2837
Loc: S.F.,CA USA
The red deelie bob....

been thinking of getting one of them too, the 3000 model
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#47248 - 01/13/05 05:23 AM Re: Benders and Tuggers
electure Offline


Registered: 12/24/00
Posts: 4226
Loc: Fullerton, CA USA
the greenlee I think could pull an elephant whole, through 1" conduit...

I once pulled a "welded to conduit" UG burnout (3-750MCM) out with an elephant.
She broke it loose like it was nothing. This after we tried 2- 3/4Ton service trucks and a Ford tractor at once to no avail.
The Greenlee might meet its match there.

We use a Greenlee Super Tugger.
I wish we had an elephant. They're much more fun

#47249 - 01/13/05 07:16 AM Re: Benders and Tuggers
macmikeman Offline

Registered: 07/16/02
Posts: 718
Loc: Honolulu, Hawaii
I have a Greenlee super tugger, Greenlee 555 sb bender for up to 2" and a Greenlee 777 for larger pipe. Have a rigid 300 pipe threader and two porta pony threaders with thier own tripod vice stands also. The funny part is I laid off the helpers in 1993 and have gone it alone since, doing mainly residential. Can't bare to part with the equipment though...

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