When it comes to bending conduit, there are many options available, including manual-operated benders that come in two types: either hand-operated or mechanical. Additionally, you'll find electric conduit benders, as well as hydraulic and heated PVC benders. Choosing to upgrade from a manual bender to an electric conduit bender can be a great way to minimize physical strain and maximize accuracy. If you're considering making the switch, here are a few major pros and cons to consider as you make your choice.
Less Physical Strain
The most obvious reason to switch to an electric conduit bender from a manual bender is to lessen the physical toll on your body that a manual bender can cause. Electric benders can do the job quickly and accurately without any need to strain your back, arms, or legs. When you're working in a physical job, any chance you can take to minimize strain will maximize your longevity in your career.
In addition to the ease of use, electric benders bend conduit with a great degree of accuracy and with no risk of damage to the pipe when compared to manual benders.
Because there is more accuracy with electric benders, there is less damage. Less damage means that there will be less material waste. You'll save money by ensuring that you get accurate bends every time without having to waste conduit.
Electric conduit benders allow you to bend multiple degrees, bends, and multiple materials. In many cases, the pre-set shoes on electric benders will allow you to use different materials without having to change shoes as often.
You'll be able to bend much more rigid materials with an electric conduit bender than you'll be able to bend with a manual bender thanks to its additional power.
Unless your electric bender is battery-operated, you'll need to have a power source in order to use it. This can be tricky when you're out in the field.
Some electric benders have more weight and are therefore less mobile and more awkward to transport than manual or mechanical benders. That will need to be something you keep in mind if you're on the go all the time.
You can expect to pay quite a bit more for an electric bender than a manual bender. But that additional cost comes with many more features and options so for some, the extra cost is worth the additional versatility.