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Old 12-20-2017, 11:18 PM   #1
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Whats up guys I've been doing electrical work for going on 2 years now. Ive got offsets on hand benders down and I'm getting there on the saddles. Ok so I want to know how to bend a 3 point saddle with a 1" rise after a box offset, and 15 1/2" of space to the obstruction the correct way. What degree should I use for the saddle? Thanks
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Old 12-20-2017, 11:21 PM   #2
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Take a look at this: http://www.porcupinepress.com/_bendi...ndDrawings.htm

This should help you with calculations and such...
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Get this
https://www.amazon.com/Benfield-Cond.../dp/0872885100

You'll thank yourself later.
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For small saddles I bend the center bend at 30 degrees and the outside bends at 15 degrees. The multiplier is 3.9 for 15 degree bends. I add a little to distance between bends so the saddle doesn't rest right on whatever is being saddled. I also always bend 3 bend saddles from the center of the bend using marks that I put on the bender. I put center marks on the bender for 15, 22.5 and 30 degree bends (the notch is center of a 45 degree bend). That way you don't have to reverse the direction of the pipe in the bender. That's how I do it anyway. YMMV.
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I use to tell my guys to get Benfields book on conduit bending. I had one on hand for them to look at on site.

Heres a link where you can actually read the manual ( and I think download it as a pdf)

https://www.scribd.com/document/2648...Bending-Manual

I think every conduit person should know how to bend a 3 point saddle. I also think every conduit person should avoid the use of them as much as possible as they do make wiring pulling harder.
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Agreed. Total degrees are the same but a 4 point is better to pull.
Just depends on the space limitations to fit the bend.
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Put 7/8" strut behind your box and forget about the saddle.

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I like the Electrical wiring lite app. Punch in what you want and away you go. They have a paid version also with more features.

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The Benfield method turned me from an amateur into a pipe bending master.
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Check out the app called ibend pipe, comes in pretty handy.
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Start your own business. That way, the boss isn't looking in the dumpster to see how much pipe you wasted.
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Start your own business. That way, the boss isn't looking in the dumpster to see how much pipe you wasted.
Better yet learn to become a conduit master on someone else's dime. That way when you go on your own your not wasting time on bending incorrectly and money on wasted materials ..............
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Old 12-27-2017, 08:45 AM   #13
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A good bending app and a digital level can go a long way.

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I found this simple guide that came with my Ideal bender to have the perfect solution to three point saddles. It even gives a nice chart that shows how much to advance the middle mark to account for shrinkage.

https://idealind.com/content/pdfs/gu...nder_guide.pdf
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Everybody go look and see what telsa did to the op's home page.....
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