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#39630 06/27/04 11:51 AM
Joined: May 2002
Posts: 132
Has anyone had any experience with the Evans Bender? I am currently on a large commercial job and can see the benefit of having one of these machines. Does anyone know the price of one of these as well?? I will try and pitch to the higher ups only if I can justify its usefullness and cost/profit ability.


#39631 06/27/04 08:16 PM
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Posts: 687
I priced it out if I remember right it was just over $1,000. I allways thought it would be great to come up with or have a tool like this but I think it is over priced for what it is. I am a sucker for buying new tools.

If you set this up at a job for your people how far are they going to have to walk to get to it? Are you going to need to move it around and lock it up every day? You still need to use some thought using it to figure in "10%, 15%, etc. spring back" like the video said. It might be nice for the stiffer pipes like 3/4 ridgid. It may be nice for exposed work.

I would think a skilled pipe bender could do just as good and save time by not walking to the mackine. I believe the key to being a fast piper is no waisted steps, no waisted motions, and a little concintration. Maybe you would have more benifit from training emploiees(vedio/books/demostrations) on bending formulas etc.. I don't know your peoples skill levels but something as simple as making all the same bends at the same time will save alot. It is crazy to see some guys where everything is the same (wall hight, outlet, switch) and they measure and make each piece one by one.

#39632 06/27/04 08:26 PM
Joined: Jan 2003
Posts: 4,391
You can check out this thread for some more info.

IMO it is to limited for it's price.

Bob Badger
Construction & Maintenance Electrician
#39633 06/27/04 09:27 PM
Joined: Apr 2002
Posts: 2,527
Seems to be crippled in not being able to make 90° bends.

#39634 06/27/04 09:42 PM
Joined: May 2004
Posts: 697
I checked it out & felt it was too costly for me. The selling point of reducing scrap didn't apply for me. The other selling point of saving time really only applies if you don't include going to the bender, setup, teardown, etc. It also looked like it wouldn't do short pieces. After looking at the video I thought it would be better for machine production where you could do 20+ of the same bends at a time. For my commercial work, I run about 1000' of pipe & have about 10' of scrap...all shorts, not mis-bent offsets. The figuring for spring-back as a percentage put me off, as well as its weight (over 100 lbs. as I recall...not something I'd throw in my pickup regularly).


#39635 06/28/04 08:41 AM
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How many people have ideas for a better bender? I do! I day dream about them all the time........ Especially after running 1"+ rigid, and saying to myself, "If I could only put an off-set, or a kick there without having to go back to the shop..."

I came across the evans bender while researching some ideas. my thoughts were that it was too big to move around to different sites. It is meant as a production bender. One guy cranking out the same type bend over, and over again. Great idea though!

Mark Heller
"Well - I oughta....." -Jackie Gleason
#39636 06/28/04 11:13 AM
Joined: May 2002
Posts: 1,716
We own one and it has sat in our tool cage for two years.

It has only been on one job I know of and was not that well thought of.

It works well, but it didn't save enough (if any) time to be a worth it's price tag.


#39637 06/28/04 11:38 AM
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Shameless, totally unapologetic huckstering on my part

[See: "Back Pocket Bending Buddy"}

#39638 06/28/04 12:59 PM
Joined: Jun 2004
Posts: 32
We own one too, with the same experience as Roger. It works well but the guys never really cared for it. Too heavy to haul around!

#39639 06/30/04 07:48 AM
Joined: Jan 2004
Posts: 91
you would be better off with an enerpac or cyclone bender. they look like a beehive. can bend emt or rigid up to 2" all on the same beehive shoe. they both have adial on top which serves two purpose: 1 set the size of the pipe, 2 set the degree of bend , push the button sand it automatically stops at the desired bend.

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