Reliably bad outcome
Bought these today as needed some for a job, and forgot my normal ones that are 10+yrs old.
They are reliable yes. They reliably crease and pinch every pipe you put through them. I'd read similar for the 22m capability but they sounded ok for 15m.
However my pair were awful. The insert was for too shallow and caused a grove to rum on every single attempt.
These will be going back.
25 Jan 2015
Crushed pipe at same time as bending creating a badly deformed oval shape. Screwfix very good and replaced first one with a second which was even worse and finally gave my money back. All it did was to trash some expensive copper pipe. Don't buy!
23 Jan 2015
The 15 mm guide was so tight that when you eventualy get it in, it crimps the pipe on the top and throats the bottom.
The 22 mm just ripples all though the bend in the former.
Not worth the money! Bleugh! what a waste of time!!
20 Jan 2015
Nameless and a lack of quality
Heavy construction looks like a quality tool at first glance
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 isnât 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 âovalâ 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 â 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 Â£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 â looks far better quality. I might only use it once every 10 years, but I take pride in my work.
22 Nov 2014