Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 13 of 16

Thread: Tubing benders

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Location
    N.E. Ohio
    Posts
    115

    Tubing benders

    I'm finally gonna break down and buy one. I've used the Yellow Jacket but online research comes up with a Master Cool thats a little cheaper. Anyone know anything about Master Cool? I recognize and trust the Yellow Jacket name, but Master Cool is new to me. Thanks. John

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    Arkansas
    Posts
    835
    Quote Originally Posted by tinnerjohn View Post
    I'm finally gonna break down and buy one. I've used the Yellow Jacket but online research comes up with a Master Cool thats a little cheaper. Anyone know anything about Master Cool? I recognize and trust the Yellow Jacket name, but Master Cool is new to me. Thanks. John
    This one?

    http://www.mastercool.com/pages/int_tube_benders.html
    I have the YJ and the Mastercool looks the same, to me.

    From what I have read Mastercool products are hit and miss on quality, and from personal experience their customer service sucks.

    I do have an older MC 5cfm vacuum pump I bought used and it's always worked fine. One of the rubber feet was missing. I called Mastercool to see if they would sell me the part. That was a waste of a phone call. The CSR told me to try the local NAPA store. That didn't work out to well. NAPA told me to call Mastercool.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Location
    N.E. Ohio
    Posts
    115
    Thanks AC5096. Thats the one. There wasn't a lot of price difference, but since I'd never heard of them and I can't do a hands on comparison, I thought I'd run it by you guys. John

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Posts
    1,170
    To me those little 3 tubing size benders are inferior and produce an inferior bend. If you want your installations to look "tight" I highly recommend you buy single size benders from Imperial Eastman like this style. The lever style (70061-70069) from MasterCool are on par.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Location
    North Richland Hills, Texas
    Posts
    14,914
    I just got the YJ ratcheting bending kit today, along with the reverse bending attachment.

    I don't know what difference there is, or if there is even a difference between the YJ and Master Cool benders, but Master Cool products tend to be low quality, and they don't offer a reverse bending adapter for their kit.
    If more government is the answer, then it's a really stupid question.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jun 2002
    Location
    south jersey
    Posts
    1,104
    I also have the yellow jacket with reverse attachment. The reverse attachment cost almost as much as the original unit. Use it once though and you will be happy you have it.
    You need to put the phone down and get back to work!

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Posts
    167
    Looks a little different posting on the new site. I've used both yellow jacket and master cool. Yellow Jacket seemed to be a little better built, better name, and quality. Be careful about using that reverse bender. If somebody does a redneck bend coming out the side of a house and you think you can put that reverse bender on there and make it tighter it will crimp it every time. You are better off just cutting it and starting over. You are almost better off not even buying one and find ways to just use the bender. You'll be better off in my opinion.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    West Valley City, UT
    Posts
    157
    I've used the YJ bender, and it works fine.

    But a few months ago I bought a bender in a red case, and has aluminum dies for the bender from here:
    http://www.northwaysmachinery.com/pr...Bend%20Adapter

    Comes WITH the reverser attatchments, and is only $120!

    Works great, and a big advantage i've found with the aluminum dies vs. plastic dies, is after you make your bend, the pipe comes out of the aluminum dies VERY easily. With plastic dies the copper got real tight and I usually had to hit them off. I would HIGHLY recommend this bender to anyone. VERY pleased with it so far.

    Just found the red case bender is also avaliable with plastic dies, beware!

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/CBI-CT999-Ra...item35bed72d25

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    new york
    Posts
    134
    Buy the yellow jacket worth the money

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    South Eastern Missouri
    Posts
    459
    OK, you all convinced me to buy the Yellow Jacket bending set. I bought it, got it and used it once already. I am impressed and will be using it for every install. Theres just nothing like a nice smooth bend to make a job look better.
    A people who would exchange liberty for apparent safety, will deserve neither and lose both.

  11. #11
    Join Date
    Jun 2002
    Location
    south jersey
    Posts
    1,104
    Quote Originally Posted by Eaallred View Post
    I've used the YJ bender, and it works fine.

    But a few months ago I bought a bender in a red case, and has aluminum dies for the bender from here:
    http://www.northwaysmachinery.com/pr...Bend%20Adapter

    Comes WITH the reverser attatchments, and is only $120!

    Works great, and a big advantage i've found with the aluminum dies vs. plastic dies, is after you make your bend, the pipe comes out of the aluminum dies VERY easily. With plastic dies the copper got real tight and I usually had to hit them off. I would HIGHLY recommend this bender to anyone. VERY pleased with it so far.

    Just found the red case bender is also avaliable with plastic dies, beware!

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/CBI-CT999-Ra...item35bed72d25
    I think I payed more then that just for the reverse attachment. I may look into that as a second. I agree about the tightness. Also seem to have a kinking problem with the 3/4. Sometimes I use a silicone spray to avoid the kinking and sticking.
    You need to put the phone down and get back to work!

  12. #12
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    In the work truck
    Posts
    3,010
    Johnstone has those reverse bender attachments for around $60. On sale this month.
    Gotta have the right tool for the job!

    Where is all the stuff MADE IN THE USA?

    "Thats what we do Troy. Incredible, Invisible, Imbelivable things. We are an Unseen, Unknown, Unvincible fraternity of craftsman.."

  13. #13
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    new york
    Posts
    134
    plus there is 2 less joints and the money saved on the ell plus ss

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Comfortech Show Promo Image

Related Forums

Plumbing Talks | Contractor Magazine
Forums | Electrical Construction & Maintenance (EC&M) Magazine
Comfortech365 Virtual Event