One of the most important tools to have when building concrete structures is the rebar bender. It will ensure that the reinforcing steel bars are bent to the correct specifications to provide proper support and strength to the concrete or masonry. Rebar benders make it easier to bend the steel bar, so it speeds up the process of finishing the construction project, while adding an aspect of safety to the workers. Chronic injuries can develop over time as the result of repetitive strain during manual bending. So, if you want to lessen sick days and ensure the health and well-being of your workers, consider investing in a high-quality rebar bender.
The selection of rebar benders can be overwhelming, especially for first-time buyers. However, you can consider these things to make your shopping easier and help you pick the right product for your needs and budget:
- Your bending requirements – Determine the kinds of projects you must do and the size of rebars you must bend, so you can determine the best tool that can serve every purpose. This will also be helpful in identifying the right machinery with the suitable wattage, size, and voltage.
- Portability – If you will be handling multiple projects, consider a portable rebar bender that is easy to transport from one place to another.
- Features – Choose rebar benders that have a small footprint. A compact build will allow for easy storage, transport, and operation. Look into its safety features, and make sure it is easy to maintain.
- The motor – A good rebar bender has a durable and reliable single-phase electric motor. Make sure it is at least 220 to 240V AC – 50Hz, with 1800W of power input.
- Bending capacity and angle – You need to make sure the device is capable of bending the size of rebars you are using, and at angles that are required in your project. Some of the best benders have a maximum bending capacity of 32mm and a minimum of 6mm, in angles ranging from zero to 180 degrees.