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After being disappointed with the electric bazooka, I did at least find a propane flamethrower!  This lovely tool burns propane at a rate of 5.7 lbs. per hour and puts out 125,000 BTU, to bend 1/2″ to 8″ schedule 40 or 80 PVC — or you can set fire to your boots, pants, and anything under the pipe!

The marketing video on their site shows a time comparison between the flamethrower method of bending PVC pipe and the oven method, and at least the way they do it, this looks faster. Good thing, too — they want $823 for the gun and fittings. You’ll have to provide your own propane, so you’ll want to either see if your propane tanks are full or check ’em by weight; and why not weed your garden while you’re at it?

Street pricing on the HotBend has only one hit at $825.

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2 Responses to HotBend Your PVC

  1. Scott says:

    This tool is great! I have used it at work. The best feature is that it allows you to bend the PVC pipe both in and out of a trench. Also the range in pipe size is much larger than an oven or blanket type of bender.

  2. JayJaySmaker says:

    I can see how this would save a contractor time and money. If you don’t want to spend the time on an oven, the alternative was pre-made 30, 45 and 90 degree bends (for electrical work I used “soft 90’s” alot) that you glued in place. The challange was planning your wire feed direction. You needed to be sure your fittings all went the same way for the wire to feed correctly through these bends.

    I did a home job a few years ago and used multiple sizes of pipe, across long distances with many turns. My contractor decided to “help” me by using a piece of paper, a match and a tight 90 degree bend when I wasn’ looking. I found out when we had to dig up a section of pipe to determine why we couldn’t feed anything through it. (Man, you coulda’ fried an egg on my forehead.)

    Anyway, I probably would not have purchased this before I started the job, becuase I was ignorant of the time and money it would have saved me. But if I had the same job to do all over again, this would be one of the first tools I would purchase. The glueing, bending, quality alignment and ease of use make this look like a god send for any large project.

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