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Just looking at various 22/15mm secondhand benders and notice many come without guides.

Are guides generally interchangeable between different brands or are they specific to a particular brand/model?

In use, is there any difference between alloy and steel guides ie is one type considered better than the others?

Regards,

Peter
 

Darren Jackson

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Try to find the same guide as the make of the former you intend to buy. Just make sure you try it out before you buy as a lot of well used formers will be worn and have a tendency to ripple your tubing. And will be no good. As for steel verses alloy There is no difference in my opinion.
 

DuncanM

Gas Engineer
Look at screwfix. They are selling Irwin Hilmour benders for 70 bucks. Keenly priced IMO. Great too.
 
Hilmor is now made overseas, but were made by these guys in the UK


Before Irwin moved production overseas.

You can still buy uk made "hilmor" pattern benders from them for about 70quid.
 
Cheers Gents...I am not a plumber but over the years have dabbled doing pipe work on various DIY projects with some degree of success. However I have never tried bending piping but would love to give it ago even if only with 15mm...
 

DuncanM

Gas Engineer
I just use a big adjustable, if needed.
Hilmor is now made overseas, but were made by these guys in the UK


Before Irwin moved production overseas.

You can still buy uk made "hilmor" pattern benders from them for about 70quid.
If the screwfix ones are tat. Defo go British and get these. They sound great. Glad I saw this, been thinking on a new one to replace my old starting to fail rothenberger.
 
Thanks Gents,

As this is not for my livelihood, I can't really justify £70 or £80 on a brand new one, but at the same time I am trying to avoid the very cheap Chinese crap sold on line..

Any thoughts on a new in box Record 218M for £45 delivered?

It was advertised as an Irwin Record 218M, but looking at the box just says Record....I ve no idea where it was made, but I believe the original Record stuff was made in the UK?
 

ShaunCorbs

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S. Mod
Plumber
Gas Engineer
Use elbows cheaper for diyers
 

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