Know this pipe bender?


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Old 09-29-14, 06:43 PM
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Know this pipe bender?

Going through my DH's stuff & found this pipe bender. Can't seem to find anything on it so I know how much to sell for. Anyone seen one like it before?

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Old 09-29-14, 07:28 PM
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Welcome to the forums.

I'm pretty sure that is not a pipe bender. It may be an oxy/acetylene tank cart.

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Old 09-29-14, 07:38 PM
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Not a cart; doesn't have the flat part for something to sit. My pic from the other side won't load. It's round with large "grooves"
 
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I'm with PJ - looks like an oxy/acy cart. More pics would clarify - http://www.doityourself.com/forum/el...-pictures.html
 
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If not a gas tank cart then maybe a barrel cart.
 
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Maybe this kind of bender?


Took a pic of it in the storeroom at work--don't know anything about it other than it appears to fill the gap between the little benders all electricians have on their trucks, and the large hydraulic machines found in shops.

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Probably not the same unit as the OP, but might help in determining value.
 
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Bender

Looks like the bending mechanism is on the back side of the photo. Please post another photo taken from the other side.
 
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guy'a photo looks like it. For some reason, I can't upload a second picture to this website. I'll try again later. Thanks!
 
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Looking closer at the 1st pic it looks like you can barely see the die .... which would confirm it's for bending pipe.
 
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What error are you getting trying to upload? PM me if you want .
 
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Old 09-30-14, 12:29 PM
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Back to the original question....anyone have a value? I guess it all depends on condition?
 
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Old 09-30-14, 12:52 PM
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Not sure if it has any substantial value since most pipe bending is machine done now days. But as an antique or "old" tool it has some history. I bet it's still as usable as the day it was made. Tools like that don't loose their ability. But as far as having any current usability I rather doubt it.
 
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Old 09-30-14, 08:11 PM
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Here is a better image of what Mattdd has:

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Mattdd your problem was you picture was too large. You need to resize it. For these forums I try for 900 pixels wide or less. Yours was over 4000.
 
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Old 09-30-14, 09:20 PM
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It looks like that unit is setup to bend only one size of EMT. As a guess I'd say 1". That makes it useful only if you're doing 1" bending.

As far as intrinsic or antique value..... I'd have to say it wouldn't be very much.
 
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No the 3 notches in the die show it's got 3 radiuses--the smaller ones just can't be seen in the picture. Same setup as the pic I posted.

I would think it would be valuable to anyone who needs one ;-)

This similar one from Grainger costs $7100:
GARDNER BENDER Pipe Bender,1.5 Stl/IMC/PVC,2 EMT/Alum - Mechanical Conduit Benders - 15V881|BW30 - Grainger Industrial Supply
 
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I think this Greenlee might be a better comparison than the Gardner Bender....GREENLEE Mech Conduit Bender,1/2-1 In Rigid - Mechanical Conduit Benders - 1ATF2|1800 - Grainger Industrial Supply

Still $1850. If that old one is still fully functional, someone who used it a lot would probably pay a decent penny. It's sure not scrap if it works. Of course if it's all beat up and loose as a goose, very few people would want to mess around with it.

Mattdd, not sure of the circumstances why you are selling DH's stuff, but if he had a friend who was an electrician, that would be the person to ask.
 
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I see the notches now that you mention them. Bending three sizes makes it more valuable.
 
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Old 10-01-14, 09:24 AM
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My husband passed away in August. Why one man needed so many tools, I'll never know. He bought this bender for a project he was working on. Doesn't necessarily mean it works. He was a mechanical engineer so he was always fooling with something to get it to work. No electrician friend. One of his friends said he paid $400. Might be worth more in my scrap metal pile. Thanks for all your info.
 
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Many of us men are infected with the 'tool disease' and it is always nice to have the right tool for the job. That bender doesn't really have any working parts to break - it's probably as good as it was when new.
 
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Old 10-01-14, 09:47 AM
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One of his friends said he paid $400. Might be worth more in my scrap metal pile. Thanks for all your info.
Most likely thats what its worth... Check e bay... Many on there. This one looks like it..

It would be a waste to scrap it for 9 cents a pound for iron prices..

Put it on craigs list if anything....

Greenlee Mechanical Tube Conduit Bender 1801 1 1 4" | eBay
 
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I'm very sorry for your loss. Sounds like a good man...since he liked his tools. Someday many wives will be in the same situation.

Likely he paid $400 used or for a Harbor Freight style model. At a certain point, mechanical tools don't really depreciate that much. A 40 y/o plane might be worth just as much as 20 yrs ago to the right person. All depends on condition. If it's not bent and works...it should be worth a lot more than scrap. Problem is finding the right person. A yard sale would probably net more than scrap.
 
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To bad I am in NC and you are in AL. Would love to go to your garage sale.
 
 

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