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    Copper tubing benders. Is the price worth it?

    I am trying to decide if buying a copper tubing bender is really worth it? Most of my competition just solders in elbow and it pretty easy to bend a sweep into a pipe... Do anyone have any suggestions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by garrej View Post
    I am trying to decide if buying a copper tubing bender is really worth it? Most of my competition just solders in elbow and it pretty easy to bend a sweep into a pipe... Do anyone have any suggestions?
    IMO they are definitely worth it. Not only will it pay for itself in not having to constantly buy fittings but it also means you only have to do half the brazing thus half amount of contamination from soot and half the chance for leaks


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    Definitely worth it.

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    I’ve borrowed this photo from another professional member of the site that is extremely talented with a bender.
    I take absolutely zero credit for this work. Full credit to member @ billg.
    I’ll let you decide, does it look better then sweat joints?

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    A good swedger if you dont already have one.
    Ratchet bender is used more often but I prefer my lever benders when repiping compressors etc.

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    Ridgid made a ratchet bender that was made for hard copper. I knew a plumber that could do a house very fast with just a few fittings. He was faster with the bender than sweating.
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    One of the smartest tools you will ever buy.

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    Have to agree, two of the best tools I ever bought were the bender and the swedger tool, almost never bought another fitting and the swedger saved a lot of time and fittings


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    Quote Originally Posted by rider77 View Post
    I’ve borrowed this photo from another professional member of the site that is extremely talented with a bender.
    I take absolutely zero credit for this work. Full credit to member @ billg.
    I’ll let you decide, does it look better then sweat joints?

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    Beautiful work


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    You will need the bender and sedger and the fittings all three. Sometime you just can't get where you need to be by just using one (bender or fittings)

    By the way the bending work above is some of the nicest work I've seen

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    Be sure and get the reverse bending attachment if you buy the ratchet style bender.
    It allows you to make the bend from the outside of the bend
    Use it just as much as bending from the inside.

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    Bending by hand gives you passable work. Using proper benders gives you professional looking work. Pick which one you want your name attached to forever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by garrej View Post
    I am trying to decide if buying a copper tubing bender is really worth it? Most of my competition just solders in elbow and it pretty easy to bend a sweep into a pipe... Do anyone have any suggestions?
    If You are in the Hvac/r Trade, or Plan to be in the Hvac/r Trade, a Tube Bender is a "Must Have"! No Questions about it, Period, end of My Story! One day you will realize, that the less copper fittings you add to the run, the less likely it is for Leaks to develop.

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