Here's a roundup of offerings from the different manufacturers of bending and cutting tools.
Benner-Nawman: Benner-Nawman carries the industry's most extensive line of bending and cutting tools. Most tools are electric/hydraulic, using hydraulic power to actually drive the cutting heads. "The electric/hydraulic system keeps the power requirements to 12 amps," says Benner-Nawman's Mel Kientz. B-N's tools are simple, easily serviceable, and reliable. They carry both corded and cordless handheld cutters, and bench-mounted benders.
EZE Bend: This company's clever system has three different heads (two benders and one cutter) that connect to a Simplex hydraulic pump. Taking the hydraulic pump out of the handheld part of the tool results in a tool that is much lighter. The worker carries only the heads, which connect to the hydraulic pump via a 25-foot hose. Both the push-bender head (at 12 pounds) and the pull-bender head (at 18 pounds) have a capacity up to #6, Grade 60 bars, although a set of heads for #8 bars is in development. Another innovation, introduced at this year's World of Concrete trade show in Las Vegas, is EZE Bend's shock absorber system for its cutters that prevents short pieces from flying off when cut. (World of Concrete is owned by Tools of the Trade's parent company, Hanley Wood, LLC.)
Fascut Industries: The 14-pound Lobster lightweight rebar cutter comes in both corded and cordless versions for up to #5 bars. Fascut also has the 600 series (cutters, benders, and cutter/benders for up to #6 bars) that it claims is ideal for contractors setting up a jobsite rebar operation. It also offers the 800 series for up to #8 bars.
Gensco Equipment: The Novopress line of cutting and bending tools has a maximum capacity of #8 bars with several smaller models.
HIT Tools USA: This company makes a cordless cutter for smaller bars and corded handheld cutters for up to #11 bars. It also makes two models of a bench cutter/bender with capacity to #8 bars.
Hitachi Power Tools: The VB16Y is a 120-volt hand-held cutter/bender for up to #5, Grade 60 bars. The tool weighs 42 pounds, and it cuts in 3.1 seconds and bends in 5.1 seconds.
Multiquip: MQ makes benders and cutters with a maximum capacity of #8 bars. The single bender model is a bench-top unit while the cutters are corded (120-volt) handheld and bench units.
Pacific Benders: This company offers a complete line of benders in sizes from a small handheld model for in-place bending (the Jimmy, which is powered by a separate hydraulic pump), up to large rebar shop?production benders for up to #11 bars.
Automatic Rebar Tying Tools
|The Construction Innovation Forum presented two of its NOVA Awards in April, including one awarded to two different companies for automatic rebar tying tools. Max Co.'s (Max USA in the United States) Rebar Tier and Japan Automatic Machine Co.'s (a division of Toyojamco) U-Tier have revolutionized how rebar is fastened into position. Both tools accomplish the same thing?wrapping, twisting, and cutting off tie wire to securely tie bars together in less than a second with the pull of a trigger. |
|Max's three models vary in tying capacity with the smallest (the RB213) making three wraps of 21-gauge wire to fasten up to two #7 bars, and the new RB650 making one wrap of 16-gauge wire to tie up to #8x#10 bars. The RB650 was recognized by our sister publication Concrete Construction as one of the Most Innovative Products of this year's World of Concrete show. All of the tools are cordless and take 30 to 40 minutes to recharge their batteries. You'll get about 120 ties from a roll of wire (specially made by Max for their tools), and there is an extension handle that makes it possible for the worker to tie bar (or mesh) for a slab without bending over. Maintenance is minimal on these tools, which weigh 7.7 pounds. Prices for Max tiers start at around $2,150.|
The U-Tier has two configurations: a long, vertical model for tying bars for slabs without the worker having to bend down, and a short, horizontal model for steel in walls and columns. Each unit weighs about 7 pounds. Both models are equipped with one of four different guides, or jaws, that tie various sizes of bars up to two #10s. Priced as low as $1,300, the U-Tier uses proprietary 18-gauge ties, wrapping the intersection two times. The company claims that although their ties are about 1.7 cents each (as opposed to about one-half cent each for conventional ties) the time needed to make a tie is reduced by one-third.
William D. Palmer Jr. is editor in chief of Concrete Construction, a sister publication of Hanley-Wood's Tools of the Trade.
Sources of Supply
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