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Old 08-03-2018, 03:02 PM   #21
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We bought an 1/2 and 3/4 for the last big conduit job we did, and now I just keep them in the van. I'll still hand bend box offsets if I'm on doing a couple sticks or whatever, but I do like having all my box offsets the same.
Yup, uniform everytime.

On a large control panel it makes all the difference in the world.
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Or the consistency. Looks great when you have a bunch coming out of a box or panel.

Very much so.
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Am I the only one here that ever used a Greenlee offset bender?

I've had the 1/2" model for about 15 years now, it paid for itself on the first fire alarm job I did in a finished apartment building which was all surface mount EMT and tons of boxes.

I recently picked up a vintage Greenlee 3/4" offset bender from an old EC that went under but hardly use it since I almost never run 3/4". Still, it will come in handy some day.
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Just wanted to know, what are some tricks you guys do when creating box offsets? Do any of you guys use measurements?
The best trick is to not use them. What is it, like an eight of an inch?
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I've had the 1/2" model for about 15 years now, it paid for itself on the first fire alarm job I did in a finished apartment building which was all surface mount EMT and tons of boxes.

I recently picked up a vintage Greenlee 3/4" offset bender from an old EC that went under but hardly use it since I almost never run 3/4". Still, it will come in handy some day.
1/2" and 3/4" were the two main sizes I used for control and automation wiring so they came in very handy.
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figure out what angle and space between bends you like and make a reference mark on your shoe. you only need one. you can make a mark for reference angle or use something to reference it. make your first bend and then pay attention to where your space between bends mark is to judge how far to move the pipe in the bender then bend again. you can transfer your mark to the tube, maybe more when starting out or if you like to be that exact.

in my experience even if you do it a million times, if you get some extended time away from small emt it's nice to have the mark. i don't like wasting time especially with a box offset.

also for keeping bends in-line (more for large offsets or starting out) you can put line up marks on both sides(left and right of the end of the shoe so that you can put one mark on the tubing so where you line the mark up with one side and then when you flip the tube over you line the mark up with the other side like a no dog level. to make these marks on the bender i clamp the bender vertically to a bench and use a no dog and a pipe.

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IMO pipes run without box offsets look hack. I've never used a one - shot bender because there's never been one around. I bend box offsets by feel. If I need to match several, I measure 1" from the end of each pipe, line that up with the front of the shoe, and do all the matching offsets in succession, laying the pipes down side by side, and install them all once they're all bent.

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