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Old 09-16-2009, 11:17 PM   #1
 
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Default Bad 1" GB benders out there?

I have been bending conduit for over 13 years now and was in disbelief today at what I found. Using a GB 1" EMT/ 3/4 rigid bender today my 1" EMT 90's were coming up exactly 1" short. Even though the bender is marked to deduct 8" at arrow for 90 like all others I have ever used the take up is only 7" on this one. We put the bent 90 in a Klein/Benfield and a Greenlee and with the bend in place the mark was 1" away from the arrow on them towards the radius. We returned the bender to the local supplier and compared it to the ones they had in stock and all of them were bad. This was the Big Bend model. We went back and forth double checking and bending scrap and cant imagine how mant bad castings they sent out. It seems that the arrows are just in the wrong spot on the shoe.
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Old 09-17-2009, 02:29 AM   #2
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The problem is the name,,,,,,GB IS JUNK
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Yup got one of those POS's as well. Anytime a newly surfaced GB pops up, which thankfully isn't often, I always bend a test piece first.
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It's not only me then. I beat myself up over it thinking there was no way they could mess up that bad and I was missing something. The guys at the supply house thought I didnt know what I was talking about. But I probably have bent more pipe than they have in stock.
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The problem probably occured while tranlating metric centimeters to inches.
It's probaly right on when useing metric. Is the big C metric?
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Why didn't you just deduct 7" from now on instead of 8?

Yeah, I wouldn't want to do that either. I don't like GB, simply because their handle straight up is 45 degrees.
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Why didn't you just deduct 7" from now on instead of 8?

Yeah, I wouldn't want to do that either. I don't like GB, simply because their handle straight up is 45 degrees.
They actually changed this model to a 30 degree bend straight up but unlike the greenlees it was off by at least 5 degrees if you plumb the handle with your torpedo.

Keeping that bender around would waste a bunch of money in conduit.
"Don't forget guys, deduct 7 with the GB and dont use your level bending 30 degree offsets."

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I noticed the samething on my 3/4" GB bender. I found that bending backwards on the notch with no deduct was spot on.

I agree that the GB is a POS. Nothing compairs to the Ideal bender.
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