YELLOW JACKET’S Ratchet Hand Bender — A Best-Selling Favorite Among HVAC Techs

Recently, YELLOW JACKET offered HVAC techs the opportunity to receive a classic “BUZZ” t-shirt featuring the old school YELLOW JACKET logo. To receive a shirt, HVAC techs simply needed to share what was their favorite YELLOW JACKET HVAC tool, and why.

As we poured through the more than 1,000 entries, we were surprised to see how many HVAC techs love our Ratchet Hand Bender.

We really shouldn’t have. After all, it is YELLOW JACKET’s No. 1 selling “hand” tool.

“It wasn’t a huge surprise to our sales team,” says Michael Lanners, director of sales. “Contractors love this tool because it allows them to make bends on the job site in the exact spot the bend needs to be (in the wall).”

Introduced in 1998, the 60331 Ratchet Hand Bender allows HVAC techs to bend metal tubes (soft copper and soft aluminum) ranging in diameter from ¼-inch to 7/8-in. with one hand. Hard copper must be annealed before bending.

It features quick change mandrel and shoes, a trouble-free ratchet mechanism, index marks to locate bends and all of the accessories to bend ¼-in., 5/16-in., 3/8-in., ½-in., 5/8-in., ¾-in., and 7/8-in. tubing.

What some HVAC techs may not realize is that a reverse bending mandrel is available
with the 60325 kit (it can be purchased separately as item 60342).

“It’s easy to use with a finished product that is not crimped, cracked or leaving a stress point in the tubing,” adds Lanners. “Probably the most beneficial factor of the Ratchet Hand Bender is the contractor doesn’t have to buy pre-manufactured “elbows” or solder equipment. It eliminates the need to join two pieces of tubing together (soldering), which saves time and eliminates the potential of another leak point.”

Tim Burger, an HVAC tech with Florida-based Peaden Air Conditioning, Electrical and Plumbing, says he uses the Ratchet Hand Bender every day.

“I’ve been using it for about two years, every day, five-days a week, doing residential installations on a local military base,” says Burger, who has been a tech for three years. “I use the 7/8-in. and the 3/8-in. benders the most. I take pride in my job and the YELLOW JACKET Ratchet Hand Bender helps me create a clean look. It’s awesome.”

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