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    tubing bender

    is their any definate advantage to a bow/ratchet type bender over the standard individual sized lever benders for soft copper?
    im looking for a bender but have never really used either? any thoughts would be appreciated.

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    The Bow bender will do up to 7/8 in one kit. Not to mention it takes up less room on the truck..
    Gotta have the right tool for the job!

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    I use bow bender for everything i can. Regular and reverse bends. Cuts down on the amount of welds and it's pretty compact

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crazecodyk View Post
    I use bow bender for everything i can. Regular and reverse bends. Cuts down on the amount of welds and it's pretty compact
    X2

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    Quote Originally Posted by boilerman856 View Post
    X2

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    X 3, It has saved me many a time.
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    X4 for bow bender. Just bought reverse bender but haven't had to use it yet.

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    Another vote for the bow, and like kdean i just got the reverse bend attachment but haven't used it yet.
    Its on sale at johnstone this month for anyone interested.

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    i got the YJ bender with composite mandrels....broke one bending soft tubing...if I can buy metal replacements I will.

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    Is it a dedicated reverse bender or the crappy adaptors? I am looking for a good reverse bender and if i can't find one I will just make one.

    Quote Originally Posted by kdean1 View Post
    X4 for bow bender. Just bought reverse bender but haven't had to use it yet.
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    X5. I really like mine. I can't tell how much I've saved in fittings and sil-fos. To me this is a must have tool.

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    x6. I find tubing that is bent much neater. less places for chance of leak, less fittings used, usually quicker, one thing that I love is that on a new lineset or when replacing lineset inso, you can just put the inso back while you bend and you save ugly tape/glue seams. and we all know that using that self-tack glue is not fun. if your an installer I think this is definitely a must have tool.

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    whats the best brand for the money?

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    Quote Originally Posted by acguytx View Post
    whats the best brand for the money?
    The one I purchased was made by Yellow Jacket, I have not seen any other manufacturers in my area, I am sure there are others though. The Y.J unit has worked for me for the last 2+ years without a problem. that and the Y.J expander make my life much easier.
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