Using any kind of equipment would require some time to learn, including a Baileigh pipe bender. A pipe bender can make bending tubes and pipes easier and simpler.
But as mentioned, using a pipe bender should be learned first so the job will be easier to do the next time. In such cases, it is a good idea to seek advice from the experts, especially if it is your first time to use it.
What is a pipe bender?
A pipe bender refers to a tool used to bend pipes and tubes regardless of their material. It can work on different metals such as steel, aluminum, and copper among a few and then formed into different curves and angles.
There are different types of pipe benders: dual pipe, mini pipe, ergonomic, free-standing, ratchet pipe, and conduit pipe. Each of these pipe bender types serves different purposes and produce varying pipe-bending results.
- Dual pipe bender – a manual type of bender that can bend pipes into different angles
- Ergonomic pipe bender – features a curved handle that aims to make bending pipes easier while using less force
- Mini pipe bender – can only accommodate smaller pipes and works similarly as a dual pipe bender
- Conduit (electrical) pipe bender – has only one handle specially designed for conduit piping and requires using a floor or any flat surface as leverage
- Ratchet pipe bender – can be used in smaller spaces and does not need exerting extra force to bend a pipe
- Free-standing pipe bender – commonly used to bend thicker or longer pipes and requires using more force when using it
How to use a pipe bender
Here are some tips of using a pipe bender so you will be properly-equipped with enough knowledge and skills for your future bending projects.
1. Learn the right measuring technique.
When measuring pipes to be bent, it is important to determine the center and use it as a base point. It will also help locate the exact pipe area that will be bent and ensure that the bending procedure is done in equal measurement.
2. Practice on bending.
Try bending practice pipes first and attempt to bend in different angles. Make sure you learn how to bend them without stressing and even hurting yourself at work. Pipe bending is supposed to be done fast and smoothly.
3. Avoid the occurrence of tube crimping.
Crimping commonly occurs on lighter materials such as aluminum. Such kind of materials tends to crimp when bent. To avoid this, fill it with water and sand. With a tapping motion, gently move the sand around. It will then form air bubbles and make your pipe bending procedure easier.
Pipe bender maintenance tips
Here are some tips to ensure your pipe bender’s optimum condition and performance.
Apply lubricant to the joints of the pipe bender, particularly to its handle joints and roller. This will help loosen the equipment and make the bending job easier.
Avoid using a damaged bender or if any of its parts are lacking. Make sure to have the tool repaired first before using it again.
When not in use, make sure to clean it well and store in a non-humid and clean area. Keep it out of reach of children and other unauthorized persons.