Porta – Bender
2-” Sq. Tube
1-1/2′ Schedule 40 Pipe
11,000 lb. Hydraulic Puller
2″ x 3/8″ Solid Steel Frame
1″ x 1/2″ Steel Arms
The Porta-Bender has been designed for use in multiple aspects of rail installation and adjustment both on-site and in-shop.
In order to maximize the number of potential applications, as well as maximize the life of the Porta-Bender, it is important for the user to exercise proper operation and fully understand its capabilities & limitations listed.
The cylinder shaft screw (Allan head), Which holds the anvil block, MUST be tight at all times of use.
Keep all work centered with cylinder. Tack blocks on arms as needed.
(Failure to tighten screw and center all work may result in warping or stripping of the cylinder.)
When bending or straightening a piece (long pieces especially) it is best to make several passes along the entire length versus trying to complete it in only pass.
- It is important not to bend too much at a time. Make 2 to 3 passes over a piece and alternate your contact points for a smooth bend.
- About 4-6″ travel should work well in most situations.
- About all material has spring back, so you must go a little further to get what you want. Cold rolled steel is real bad about spring back.
- On spiral stairs, put a screw at the bottom to hold your channel (If they don’t have tile down). Then start bending your radius using two large cresent wrenches to keep it laying flat on the steps.
**The anvil block can be set in either vertical or horizontal position, depending on application or preference.
**Before using the Porta, Bender on a new type of rail, picket, etc… it is wise to perform some tests on that type of material before using on the actual piece. Much of the technique involved is a result of each person developing a feel for the machine. Practice and use the methods that work best for you.