Conduit Bending Tools

Conduit bending is a common task for commercial electricians, with many 
jobs requiring a combination of 90-degree, offset and saddle bends. 
IDEAL industries offers a selection of bender heads, hickeys and handles
 to help get the job done. <br><br>The place to start is in the selection of bender heads. IDEAL Industries

James R. Dukart

Conduit bending is a common task for commercial electricians, with many jobs requiring a combination of 90-degree, offset and saddle bends. IDEAL industries offers a selection of bender heads, hickeys and handles to help get the job done.

The place to start is in the selection of bender heads. Engineered features in each IDEAL bender head include:

  • Arrow — to be used with stub, offset and outer marks of saddle bends.
  • Rim Notch — locates the center of a saddle bend.
  • Star Point — indicates the back of a 90-degree bend. 
  • Degree Scale — for offsets, saddles and special situations or calculations.

All of these features can be found either in IDEAL’s high-strength ductile iron or light-weight aluminum heads. Iron heads weigh more and are designed to handle the the stress of the most trying bends, while aluminum heads will be lighter and easier to maneuver around the job site.

Both types of IDEAL bender heads are heat-treated for extra strength, feature markings cast into both sides of the bender body for easy visibility and feature deeply serrated steps to help prevent slippage when applying maximum leverage. Grooved internal hook surfaces in the bender heads help prevent conduit from slippage, with a flat hook surface providing a stable starting point.

Ductile iron bender heads are available for anything from 1/2-inch EMT, Rigid and IMC up to 1-1/4 inch EMT and 1-inch Rigid and IMC. IDEAL also offers ductile iron bend hickeys for use in producing bends with a very tight radius. Both iron bending heads and hickeys come with a lifetime replacement guarantee.

Aluminum bending heads are only available for 1/2-inch and 3/4-inch EMT and for 1/2-inch Rigid and IMC.

For either or both types of bending heads, IDEAL offers steel handles with a baked-on blue corrosion-resistant enamel finish designed to enhance visibility as well as a convenient bending guide for offset bends. The handles also carry a lifetime warranty.

IDEAL also offers 3.5-inch and 6-inch conduit bending levels that feature an integral conduit wheel with a contoured screw designed for non-slip grip and stability to prevent doglegs in complex bends. The level’s chassis is CNC machined from 6061 T6 aluminum billet for straightness and features a corrosion-resistant brass screw for easy vial replacement. Oversized neodymium rare earth magnets provide high magnetic field strength and stability.

Finally, the company offers an illustrated Conduit Bender Guide in PDF on its Web-site for download or reference.


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