[TowerTalk] How is the best way to bend rebar

Blake M n4gi at tampabay.rr.com
Sun Aug 27 01:04:04 EDT 2006

My definition of the "best" way to do rebar-

Call your local construction materials supply place, in my case it's Hughes
supply http://www.hughessupply.com.  Tell them what size rod, how many
pieces, and what bends you need.  Go pick them up in two or three days.
They bend and cut stuff for MUCH bigger projects every day so our piddly ham
stuff is no problem.

I paid about $57 for the iron in my 100 footer. Didn't have to cut or bend a
anything, just laid all the pieces next to each hole and wired them in situ.

Blake N4GI

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From: "K8RI on TowerTalk" <K8RI-on-TowerTalk at tm.net>
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Sent: Sunday, August 27, 2006 12:46 AM
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] How is the best way to bend rebar

> >
> > In a message dated 8/26/2006 11:45:58 P.M. Greenwich Standard Time,
> > jimlux at earthlink.net writes:
> >
> > I'm  having a bunch of concrete work done for landscaping, and after
> > watching  the guys bending and cutting rebar to go around curves and
> > I'm never  bending rebar by hand or cutting it with a hacksaw  again.
> >
> >
> >
> > Cutting rebar is a piece of cake using a 7 inch grinding blade in a
> > circular
> > saw.  It takes about 15 seconds to reach about 2/3  through  and then
> Folling this line of thought, try a "chop saw". They are available at
> Home Depot, and most hardware store at a fairly reasonable cost.  Keep in
> mind the size one can cut goes down in a hurry when cutting at an angle.
> Mine has a 12 or 14" wheel.  In 3 to 5 seconds it'll cut all the way
> a piece of 1/2" rebar.  A few seconds more for 1 to 2" steel angle. It'll
> 3" steel pipe in 10 seconds.
> OTOH you do need to be careful about the stream of sparks coming off the
> thing.  They are more than just a shower of sparks.  When it goes through
> that much metal that fast there is a *lot* of heat given off in that
> The ends of the rod will be glowing cherry red.
> I have a dust collection system in my shop which works very well.  I was
> cutting 1" square steel tube with a 1/8" wall.  There is about 30 feet of
> flex hose going to the manifold.  After about the 5 th cut I noticed the
> first three feet of hose didn't look all that great.  It didn't catch fire
> and the sparks were cool by the time they got back to the collector, but
> little was left of that first three feet except the spring steel wire that
> gave the hose its shape.  it did do a good job of keeping all the crud off
> the floor though.  Chop saws make a real mess!
> Outdoors you'd need to keep it away from dry grass, leaves, and paper.
> Roger Halstead (K8RI and ARRL 40 year Life Member)
> N833R - World's oldest Debonair CD-2
> www.rogerhalstead.com (Use return address from home page)
> > snap it at the cut.  I've done dozens of these and it's a  sure fire way
> > to go
> > for the average guy working with rebar.
> >
> > Bill K4XS
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