I hoped this was an electric bazooka when I saw the picture, but it only bends PVC pipe. But maybe that isn’t such a tiny feat; I’ve cracked or snapped a lot of PVC while trying to get a shape I wanted. The key: You’ve got to heat it up to get a good tight angle. Something like this scheme might be ok if you only bend PVC as an art or hobby, but if you’ve got lots of PVC pipe to bend you’ll probably want a PVC-bending oven, or box — or tube.
Gardner Bender designed the HotTube to bend 1/2″ to 2″ PVC conduit, schedule 40-80. We’ve mentioned before that the product information on Gardner Bender’s site is tough to find — you’ll have to jump to page 31 if you follow the link.
MyToolStore.com sells the HotTube for $688.