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    yellow jacket with reverse bender. Oil and go slow.

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    Love my YJ bender. Glad I have the Master Cool swaging tool to supplement the Hilmor.
    Quote Originally Posted by Timber View Post
    yellow jacket with reverse bender. Oil and go slow.

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    Been using lever benders for years. I still use them when there is lots of room, but sprung for a ratcheting bender last year.

    Bought a Hilmor and stripped out the gear within a month. Returned it to the wholesaler and bought the Yellow Jacket with reverse mandrel. Been working great! You can really make bends in tight spaces with the reverse mandrel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GenesisRefrig View Post
    ...Yellow Jacket with reverse mandrel. Been working great! You can really make bends in tight spaces with the reverse mandrel.
    Love this set up.

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    I was a tech in the 80's for a company and rarely had to do piping but when I did, I preferred bending (Used my knee) to elbows because I thought it must be more efficient.

    To think how many times I got yelled out for doing that, because it didn't look as good and was "The way we do it".
    Now, bends are preferred over fittings.

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    I apreciate all of the replies. I mainly do service so I don't use my benders much but I have used it 2x since I posted this and used wD40 with my yellow jacket ratchet bender it does seem to work better. I'll look into getting that reverse bender attachment

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    Just got a TEMCo Th0029 reversing bender. Works great now but time will tell. Sure beats fittings.

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    I have used the Yellow Jacket. Not much good to say about 7/8 tubing. I have a REMS. Perfect bend first time, perfect bend every time. Had it about 10 years. Costs more, but does it right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sawgrass Jack View Post
    Just got a TEMCo Th0029 reversing bender. Works great now but time will tell. Sure beats fittings.
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    The cps bender bends the 7/8" perfect without lubrication. It doesnt oval the pipe either. The only down side is that the mandrels
    do not have the lines on them to know where to place the copper to make the bend on a certain measurement. Maybe im not making it clear what im trying to say. In one of the pictures i have the 2 mandrels side by side the purple mandrel is the cps. I had to copy the lines from the yellow jacket mandrel. That part sucks but i made mine work. Well the cps mandrels are aluminum vs yellow jacket they are plastic. Also my cps bender comes with the reverse bender attatchment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anthonyac1 View Post
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    The cps bender bends the 7/8" perfect without lubrication. It doesnt oval the pipe either. The only down side is that the mandrels
    do not have the lines on them to know where to place the copper to make the bend on a certain measurement. Maybe im not making it clear what im trying to say. In one of the pictures i have the 2 mandrels side by side the purple mandrel is the cps. I had to copy the lines from the yellow jacket mandrel. That part sucks but i made mine work. Well the cps mandrels are aluminum vs yellow jacket they are plastic. Also my cps bender comes with the reverse bender attatchment.
    I can't find that model tubing bender online. Do they not make it anymore?

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    Quote Originally Posted by shellkamp View Post
    I can't find that model tubing bender online. Do they not make it anymore?
    Courtesy of the googler http://www.centurytool.net/mobile/Product.aspx?id=52847

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    I got it from my local distributor called Tropic supply. They did not have the tool in stock but they do sell cps products so they called cps and ordered it for me. I would recommend you checking your local distributor especially one who carries cps products. Give them the model number. It's brand new from what I was told.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anthonyac1 View Post
    I got it from my local distributor called Tropic supply. They did not have the tool in stock but they do sell cps products so they called cps and ordered it for me. I would recommend you checking your local distributor especially one who carries cps products. Give them the model number. It's brand new from what I was told.
    Thanks. So why did you get a second set of tubing benders? Are you unhappy with the YJ?

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    Sorry, I just realized that you were the OP who was unhappy with the YJ benders. :grin:

    Are you looking to get rid of the YJ? do you have the reverse mandrel?

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    Quote Originally Posted by shellkamp View Post
    Thanks. So why did you get a second set of tubing benders? Are you unhappy with the YJ?
    I wasn't happy with the yellow jacket bender. Yellow jacket is pretty good I never had a problem with one of there products, until this bender. The 7/8" would always kink or it will be oval on the bend with a bunch of ripples on the inside of the 90 degree bend. So I would always make a 45 degree then slide the bender down the pipe a lil but the make another 45 degree to give me the 90 degree bend I wanted. Also I wanted the reverse bender attatchment. So I bought the new cps bender that came with the reverse bender attatchment. Other people say they love the y/j bender but for me it didn't work out to good.

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    I have the Hilmor and it works great. Does anybody know if they make a reverse bender for it

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    Quote Originally Posted by anthonyac1 View Post
    The cps bender bends the 7/8" perfect without lubrication. It doesnt oval the pipe either. The only down side is that the mandrels
    do not have the lines on them to know where to place the copper to make the bend on a certain measurement. Maybe im not making it clear what im trying to say. In one of the pictures i have the 2 mandrels side by side the purple mandrel is the cps. I had to copy the lines from the yellow jacket mandrel. That part sucks but i made mine work. Well the cps mandrels are aluminum vs yellow jacket they are plastic. Also my cps bender comes with the reverse bender attatchment.
    I need to mark mine, too... Can you please measure and share the positions of the bend location index marks?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cornchips View Post
    I need to mark mine, too... Can you please measure and share the positions of the bend location index marks?

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    On the white paper I wrote how far in from each end you need to make a mark. Use a square to make a straight line. For example the 7/8" die you need to measure in from each end 2.5"

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