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Hickey Bars

Concrete workers use Hickey bars to hand-bend rebar for custom work. DC Mach sells a few different versions, but their Type A three-finger Hickey bars are probably the most versatile — they can handle rebar up to 5/8″, using three hardened studs to grip the rebar while bending.  And you can even repair your Hickey in the field, if you have a torch and grinder handy.

DC Mach makes the handles from 3/4″ steel tubing and the heads from 3/8″ plate. Then they press fit and weld hardened, threaded studs into the head. Finally, they paint ’em black with red heads to reduce corrosion and to make ’em easier to locate. The final tool weighs about 3-1/2 to 4 pounds.

Look to pay about $30 for the 24″ Type A Hickey bar, or add a few bucks and get the 30-incher. You can also purchase extra studs, for repairs.

Type A Hickey Bar [DC Mach]
Type A Hickey Bar [Fish Iron]
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3 Responses to Bend Rebar With A Hickey

  1. Bruce says:

    Does anyone know where the term “Hickey” came from? Was there/is there a company named Hickey that became prominent in the manufacture of conduit benders and the brand name stuck to all pretenders like the brand name Coke as we used to apply to all soft drinks.

  2. I’ve seen some explanations go along the lines of … if you let it slip it can hit you and cause a “Hickey.”

    I’m partial to the name coming from the often repeated work site phrase, “Hey Bob! Hand me that rebar bending doohickey, would ya?”

  3. EDL says:

    Dictionary.com claims it to come from early 1900’s, and it’s origins are exactly as Benjamin claims (from doohickey). I found this thread in a search where someone had listed this as a “verb” and called it “hickeyed” (which I originally read as (hick-eyed / hick-ide).

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