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fxpose 10-13-2009 11:16 AM

Rebar Bending Tool
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After bending some 1/2" rebars over the weekend using a couple of steel pipes I decided to get the right tool for the job. So I ordered a rebar hickey to make the job a little easier.
This tool is great for making tight bends close to one another which cannot be done with two long lengths of pipes, although there are other ways of doing it such as using your car bumper or chassis to hold the rebar. There's nothing wrong with using pipes for making simple bends.
I also thought of pouring a large concrete block with a couple of thick steel pins sticking out but I decided to just order the right tool. I got the Tolman rebar hickey with a 36" handle for $30. It can handle up to 5/8" rebars.


kebwi 10-13-2009 12:09 PM

Re: Rebar Bending Tool
Although I admit it was a hassle to pipe-bend 1/2" rebar in the HD parking lot (to get the 20' rebar on top of my car to take home), I had no trouble subsequently pipe-bending it into very precise shapes at home with the use of a vice on a work bench (in conjunction with a pipe). You can see some of the ridiculously precise bends I achieved in my oven thread and my album.

That said, there's nothing like the right tool for the job.

fxpose 10-13-2009 12:25 PM

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I thought of using my bench vise but I have so much stuff around and above my work bench that it would have been such a hassle to maneuver the rebar over and around them without having to clear lots of stuff out of the garage.

But come to think of it, since my garage/workshop is clearly on the other side of the house I might just set up a simple outdoor work bench with a cheap, heavy vise next to my current project.

I like to simplify these projects as much as I can....:D

kebwi 10-13-2009 12:30 PM

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By an ironic twist of fate, my house is so *small* that the workbench is outside the basement, under the deck, which provides me with a bit more room for working around the vice than I would otherwise have had in a walled enclosure.

arren 10-29-2009 06:47 PM

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Hello to all

Concrete is poured over rebar to create a slab -- rebar provides reinforcement.

A reciprocating saw has typically been used to cut rebar in the past but has been time-consuming and labor-intensive. Rebar was bent into shape with a manual bending tool. Today, a rebar cutting and bending machine eliminates much of the work and saves time. The machine can cut and bend up to number 5 rebar.

Thanks for sharing

fxpose 10-29-2009 07:50 PM

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^^ I don't think I want to spend $4,000 on a rebar cutting and bending tool unless I do this for a living. :D

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