"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."
"These are not a good purchase at all. They don't give a clean bend in fact they kink the pipe. I bought them as a spare set and have been regretting it ever since. Most of the time, budget goods are passable if not excellent but these are rubbish."
"The one I bought was a very poor quality tool. The 22mm guide piece was badly made (wrong concave diameter) so it creased the pipe as it was being bent as all the pressure was on the edges of the guide rather than evenly distributed. This also caused the guide edges to flare out and be damaged by contact with the pipe former. (I didn't try the 15mm guide and former.) I took the tool back to the trade counter and upgraded to the Irwin Hilmor version."
"These pipe benders drove me. Round the bend! kept getting a kink in the pipe when bending it was anything but clean. A problem i have not had with the irwin pipe bender i bought. In this case you definitely get what you pay for."