"If you are a hobby plumber you'll never get the throughput to justify spending 50-70 pounds on a professional pipe bender. Thsi almost as good at pocket money price. I clamp mine into a workmate and bend with no probs both 15 and 22 mm. It really is "heavy-weight" and bending 22mm without a workmate or vice takes a bit of effort. The finished bends are perfect. If you do just one bathroom you'll save the cost of the bender in copper elbows alone, not to mention peace of mind having fewer joints to leak test."
"I bought this pipe bender to help with an awkward pipework problem on a replacement power shower. It got me out of a hole and proved very easy to use as well as very good value. I think it does need the use of a Workmate style bench to be fully effective."
"I am upset that I did not find this product before attempting plumbing DIY. So easy to use and to create that perfect pipe for that job. I could have saved tens of hours of planning and hundreds of pounds in end fittings if only I knew of the art of pipe bending..."
"It is good value for money and does the job, although the quality of the former is poor as it has been marking the pipe and the back guides aren't brilliant either as they seem to be made of a soft steel so it is difficult to pull the arms together."
"I have been using these benders for 2 weeks now in the class room under professional guidance. The 15 mm bend is good the 22mm bend is not. The back guide is too shallow and does not wrap the pipe enough. This leads to the pipe having a small groove either side on the outside of the bend. There is nothing at all wrong with the 15mm bends so if you have little intention to work with 22mm pipe buy them they are good value. But if you need to work with 22mm pipe then buy the Hilmors, I wish I had."
Heavy construction looks like a quality tool at first glance . . Cons
No Customer support number No manufacture's name on either; tool, box, screwfix.com or instructions No manufacture's name negates the need to provide quality control.
The pipe I was using was 14.98mm (that is not a typo). I wasted hours trying to get this tool to work as it is designed for 14mm pipe, it isn’t calibrated properly! Eventually after wasting the morning I force the pipe into place; it managed to bend the pipe (badly for a pipe bending tool; but better than wrapping it around my knee). On the corner the pipe is now “oval” shaped; measuring 13.68mm by 15.31,mm with nasty ridges.
All they needed to do was to trim 1mm off the guide, then it would have been perfect – but why bother when there is no name. I suspect it is a reject from a Quality company. As a result of this I have damaged £10 of pipe and wasted a lot of time. Spend the extra and buy a branded item.
I have returned it; and ordered an Irwin Hilmor – looks far better quality. I might only use it once every 10 years, but I take pride in my work."