Pipe benders are a commonly used tool in fabrication workshops, often when working with copper or stainless steel tubing. If the pipe needs to be curved (such as for a handrail or the curved edge of a gate), then a pipe bender will allow a trained professional to create bends in the pipe without crushing the sides or overly weakening the integrity of the tube.
Manual Pipe Bender
Manual pipe benders are great for use on a construction site where access to power may be limited or where you need something light and portable. These types of pipe benders require a certain level of training to use correctly, otherwise you pipe will be crushed instead of producing a smooth turn.
Tube Pipe Bender
Tube pipe benders have remained popular as they typically offer the best of both worlds: the portability of a manual pipe bender, but easier to use and requiring less manpower to operate. Some tube pipe benders can run off air compressors for added power.
Electric Pipe Bender
An electric pipe bender is generally a large piece of equipment that would be installed in a permanent workshop where heavy duty pipe bending is a regular occurance. They can typically be used on a range of tubing sizes and will significantly cut down on the amount of manual labour that is required, when compared with either a manual or hydraulic pipe bender.