Hydraulic benders have multiple benefits. For example, they are energy efficient, environmentally friendly, affordable, accurate, and efficient. However, your choice of bender determines how much you enjoy these benefits. Use these tips to help you choose the best bender for your workshop.
The main consideration is what you want to bend and how you want to bend it. For example, consider the:
- Materials you want to bend
- The sizes or thickness of the materials
- The bending radius or angle
For example, steel is relatively stronger than aluminum, requiring greater bending force.
The bending speed determines your productivity – the number of metal pieces you can bend within a given period. The bender's motor, speed, and gear chain all affect the bending speed. A speedier bender isn't necessarily better – the right speed depends on your targeted productivity.
Bending Precision and Consistency
Consider how accurately you want to bend your materials and whether the bender can provide the accuracy. For example, if you want to bend a pipe to 90o, do you expect it to be exactly that, or is a little error acceptable? This consideration is critical because the machines come with different precisions.
For example, some machines have adjustable pressure settings to help you set accurate bending angles. Others have programmable controls, digital angle readouts, or other ways to measure and determine bending precision.
Hydraulic benders present some dangers that all users should know and avoid. Eye injuries, electrocution, cuts, and blows are common examples. The extent of these dangers depends on the machine since some have better safety features than others.
For example, some benders have automatic stops you can use to quickly stop operations in case of an emergency. Some benders also require both hands and won't operate if you control them with one hand, reducing injury risk. Consider a bender with safety guards and controls that prevent operations if the guards aren't in place.
Ease of Use
A good hydraulic bender should be relatively easy to learn and use. A steep and frustrating learning curve can reduce frustrate workers and reduce productivity. A bender's documentation also determines how easily you can master its operations.
Lastly, you should also choose a hydraulic bender you can easily maintain. Ideally, the vendor or manufacturer should provide the support and necessary parts to keep the machine running. Otherwise, you might experience extended downturns whenever your machine breaks down or requires servicing.
To learn more about hydraulic benders, reach out to a company near you.