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Metal Bender

This little hobby metal bender from Groz can shape hinges, brackets, wrought iron, chain links, hooks, clamps, and much more. It handles flat bar up to 40mm wide and 4mm thick, thin-walled tubing up to 10mm in diameter, and solid bar stock up to 6mm thick.

You can either mount the bender in a vise or use the pre-drilled body holes to mount it to a bench. When you’re done you can pack the metal bender into its metal case along with the included mandrels and grooved bending rollers.

Groz’s miniature bender will set you back about $85, if you can find a place to buy it.

Metal Bender [Groz]
Metal Bender [MSC]


12 Responses to Little Bender

  1. kif says:

    When will we get the modern bending units, like Bender, Flexor or Anglene? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bender_%28Futurama%29

  2. Tony Clifton says:

    No good- that bender unit is hecho in Mexico.

  3. Chris says:

    What’s wrong with Mexico? I’d almost always rather buy something made there than China, for any number of reasons. (And frankly, a lot of things Made in the USA are probably assembled by Mexican labour anyway, so I’m not sure I really see much difference.)


  4. Maureen says:

    It’s gotten to the point where I refuse to buy something made in China unless I can’t find it anywhere else and I have no choice. Or unless it’s free. Because I won’t spend my money on something that’s going to last a week and then break.

  5. fred says:

    Re Maureen Says:

    I notice that more and more of the tools that I buy have been sourced to Chinese factories and others to Taiwan. Out of curiosity, I’ve been keeping a rough tally of what comes in the door to our shop/yard to see where it was actually made. Not surprisingly, I’ve noted a lot comes from China. These include some of the Johnson Level / Acculine-Pro and CST Berger laser levels and transits that we’ve bought. Our recent Senco screw guns all come from China. So do our new (the old ones were USA) Crain undercut and Toe-Kick saws. We bought a few sets of Milwaukee Big-Hawg holesaws — China too. Our recent Felker tile cutters say USA in some spots – but made in China elsewhere – I guess the USA refers to the company office not the production facility. It also looks like most new battery chargers for Bosch, Paslode (tools still made in Illinois) etc. cordless tools come from China.

    It’s also getting harder to tell who makes what where – and while I care about American jobs, our standard of living and the legacy that I leave for my grandchildren, when it comes to tools – I look for quality, good performance and vendors who stand behind their product – not where it was made. I do not buy knock-offs from Harbor Freight or elsewhere – because I can not afford the potential downtime, loss of productivity or poor job quality that can result from tool failure. That’s not to say that high-quality tools don’t fail – but their lifespan and performance is more predictable and my local supplier can also turn around repairs on them in a reasonable time.

  6. Zathrus says:

    Yes, because as we all know, anything made in China is crap!

    Like iPods. Or iPhones. Or other mobile phones. Or Dell/Apple/Asus/other laptops. Or most CFLs. Or virtually all LEDs. Or Leatherman products. Or [insert major tool brand here]. Or…

    Not everything made in China is cheap. Not everything made in China is crap. Not even everything made cheaply in China is crap either. And for damn sure, not everything made in the US/Europe/wherever is quality.

  7. JamesB says:

    I say we propose a bill that requires any item, the name of which implies it was made in USA, to report the country of origin in the same typeface and on the same surface. So when it says NAPA, Chicago Tools, Pittsburgh, Millwaukee, US Tools, etc, it has to say Made in xxx in letters just as big on the front of the box.

    • ryan says:

      I could not agree with you more. The label needs to be BIG, just like the cancer warning on a box of cigarettes. One other option would be to have what percentage of parts were made where. As some products have multiple manufacturing locations.

  8. Do you really think getting congress involved in such a bill a good idea? Besides making a new law which helps no-one and actually hinders most people, there would be a rider on the bill to build a new bridge to connect Hawaii to the mainland in about 30 seconds. Sadly, I’m only half kidding…

    The increased cost of having to retool every time you change where parts come from would be passed directly on to the consumer. For no real added value. The quality of a tool has nothing to do with where it’s manufactured and everything to do with how it’s specified. If specify the same materials, the same process, and the same quality control it matters not where the product is made.

    I will give you the fact that many times when parts are made abroad, it’s a cost cutting measure, so how the product is specified gets changed to save money too, but it needn’t be so.

  9. Zathrus says:

    My second post to this thread got eaten for some reason.

    Anyway, if a product claims “Made in the USA” then it must be manufactured entirely or almost entirely in the US, including all of its component parts. If it claims “Assembled in the USA” then the parts can come from anywhere, but the majority of the assembly has to be done here.

    And yes, there are laws regarding this. And regarding company names too. See http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/pubs/buspubs/madeusa.shtm for the details. So hey, no new bill is required! Feel free to file with the FTC if you think a company is violating the standard on this.

    And I fully agree with Benjamen about quality tools — you can get high quality stuff made in the US, Europe, China, Japan, South Africa, etc. but you can also get complete and utter crap made in the US, Europe, China, Japan, South Africa, etc.

  10. David Bryan says:

    There are an awful lot of plain old iron tools like those yellow Stanley prybars made in Mexico. I’ve got some very high quality Gardner Bender pliers made in Mexico. Anybody disparaging the quality of Mexican products as a generality is uninformed.
    I have certainly enjoyed spending time in some good old-fashioned Mexican ferreterias.
    And I remember working with a lady from Mexico who wanted me to hook up a sink NOW instead of waiting for the “right” parts telling me “Tu sabe todo y no hace nada” (you know it all and you don’t do nothing).

  11. Guy says:

    Where can I find video on how to use this bender

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