We use lots of 1" EMT for a new product line and have to make 2 90 degree bends with a hand bender. Why does every 20th or 30th bend come out kinked on the bottom & flat on the top? Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
I would say that it is because you are not applying the right pressure in the right place. If you are bending it on the floor, you have to make sure that you are applying your weight with your foot on the bender and not pulling with your hands, that is when it gets kinked.
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Tim: Check out rotary benders. Some conduit prefers not to be bent. Experiment with location of seam, if one is visible. Experiment with different brands. Will factory nineties work for your project? What is your project? Just curious, no answer expected.
Thanks Bill & Bennie, for some things to check out. The rotary benders seem to be out of reach for now at $1500, until product takes off. The product uses 2 pieces of 10' EMT, each bent twice into U-shape. Bennie, do you know if factory 90s are available is such a configuration?
Now I don't know if this is an electrical product you are talking about or not, or even if it is feasable, but if you have a number of these to make (not for Electrical use - not sure the bends would be suitable for pulling wire through) perhaps you could take a stock of pipe down to a local muffler shop and ask them to bend some for you. They usually deal with larger than 1 inch, but their equipment may be capable. - Just a thought.
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