A tubing bender is a device used for bending different kinds and sizes of tubes to a desired angle. It is a very simple tool to use to bend even the hardest tubes.
Tubing benders can either be electronic or manual. Electronic tubing benders are very big and bulky and are harder to use than the manual ones. Electronic benders are usually found in steel fabricator shops.
Manual tubing benders, on the other hand, are very handy, and can be used anywhere as they are very mobile. Ease and convenience of use the best features of manual tubing benders.
Aluminum, steel and copper tubes are just three kinds of tube that can be bent up to a hundred eighty degrees by a manual tubing bender. If you want to take a shot at bending tubes for your house project, a manual tubing bender is the best one for you. Read on to learn more about how to use one.
Choose the best manual tubing bender
There are many brands and styles that you can choose from. Choose the one that suits your need and meets your preferences. Familiarize yourself with the tool. Read the owner’s manual and study how it is properly used as well as getting to know the different components that make up the bender. Once you understand how it works, you can now start using it.
Prepare the tube to be bent
The tube must fit into the tubing bender and it thickness must be compatible with the bender’s specifications. Mark the tube on the point that you want it to be bent. Set the right degree measurements on the tubing bender.
Insert the tube into the tubing bender
Make sure that the marking on the tube is visible. Insert the tube in such a way that the marking is on the outer side so you can see it. Lock the tube into the bender with the tube latch so it does not move.
When the tube is in place, and the right angle is set, grip the short handle at the top of the tubing bender and press it down as hard as you can. Press down until you reach the desired angle.
Remove the tube from the bender
When you are done bending the tube, release the tube latch and remove the tube. Examine the tube and see if it is in the right angle. Keep the tubing bender after use.
In handling a tubing bender, you have to be careful not to get your hands in the way when you are bending tubes. You may accidentally bend a tube together with your finger or fingers, and you do not want that to happen.
Utmost care and caution must be exercised when handling tools like this. When not in use, store it in a place where kids cannot reach them. If played by kids, the tubing bender may be damaged or worse, the kids may be injured. Be responsible in owning tools and equipment that are not suitable for kids. You do not want to see your kid bleeding because you left your tubing bender lying about.