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#56480 - 09/22/05 10:03 PM HotBend PCV bender  
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Has anyone here used and have an opinion about the HotBend PVC bender? http://www.hotbend.com

I normally use Hot Boxes but occasionally have jobs where there isn’t an adequate electrical source nearby especially for the larger boxes that require 240 volts. I thought there was a topic on this subject some time ago but didn’t find anything doing a search of the general forum.

Curt

Sorry for the subject line. I noticed the mistake as I clicked post. I don’t think I can edit the subject line.

[This message has been edited by caselec (edited 09-22-2005).]


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#56481 - 09/22/05 10:12 PM Re: HotBend PCV bender  
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Liked it until I saw the $$$ price tag.


#56482 - 09/22/05 10:26 PM Re: HotBend PCV bender  
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We have two of them at work. You can't beat their speed and portability. They sound like a jet engine taking off, they seem to always turn a few heads.


#56483 - 09/22/05 10:35 PM Re: HotBend PCV bender  
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I know you guys are probly bending big stuff but the other day at my parts house I saw some big springs that you slip inside 1/2" and 3/4" then just bend it cold. The counter guy did a demo and it worked fine. They are made by a Mom & Pop outfit.


#56484 - 09/23/05 03:10 PM Re: HotBend PCV bender  
mhulbert  Offline
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How could they bend PVC cold? It would just snap back to its original shape as soon as you let go. My guess is that the spring keeps the PVC from "folding" while it is bent hot. Once cool, you pull off the springs.


#56485 - 09/23/05 03:46 PM Re: HotBend PCV bender  
earlydean  Offline
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Talk about deja vue. When I was a first year apprentice over 30 years ago, we would use propane torches to heat PVC for bending. Sometimes we would ignite the conduit. Nasty black smoke. Ugly scorch on the pipe too. The Hot Box was the expensive alternative only the big contractors could afford.


Earl

#56486 - 09/23/05 03:55 PM Re: HotBend PCV bender  
jw electric  Offline
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Quote
originally posted by earlydean Talk about deja vue. When I was a first year apprentice over 30 years ago, we would use propane torches to heat PVC for bending.


Yea, this is how I learned also. I didn’t even know that there was another way.


[This message has been edited by jw electric (edited 09-23-2005).]


Mike

#56487 - 09/23/05 05:57 PM Re: HotBend PCV bender  
master66  Offline
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I've used the HotBend on jobs. OK for bending conduit that will be burried but I would never use it on exposed PVC.

You have to spend some time with it to get the nack.

Brian

[This message has been edited by master66 (edited 09-23-2005).]


#56488 - 09/23/05 06:57 PM Re: HotBend PCV bender  
Tom H  Offline
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Good for bending pipe.......AWSOME for those jobsite hot dogs


1 hot dog + 1 10"screw driver + 30 seconds of hot bend = quic lunch [Linked Image]


#56489 - 09/23/05 07:30 PM Re: HotBend PCV bender  
BigJohn  Offline
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Propane torch my foot! Why, back in my day all we had to use was the muffler on any available truck, backhoe, or genny set and we still managed to run a couple thousand feet of bends before lunch time, dag nabbit! [Linked Image] [Linked Image]

-John


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