The versatility of a Clarke metal bender stems from the wide availability of bending dies. Bending dies allow you to convert a Clarke metal bender from a rod and square stock bender to a tubing bender or even a craft work and jewellery bender. You need to learn the fundamentals of operating a Clarke metal bender to ensure that your final metal project works and that you avoid injury while metal bending.
Inspect the Clarke metal bender. Examine the bending handle and the bending pin located on either side of the centre holding pin. The centre pin holds the bending dies in place. Make sure that the Clarke metal bender is fastened securely to the floor. If you attempt to use a Clarke metal bender that is not fastened to the floor, the metal bender will pivot and fall. This can cause use serious injury or break the metal bender.
Select a bending die from the bending die set that matches the type of metal you will be bending on the Clarke metal bender.
Attach the bending die to the Clarke metal bender as described in the operating manual. Make sure you have the correct bending die for your particular application to ensure that the metal bender or the metal is not damaged during the bending process.
Open the Clarke metal bender by pushing the bending handle until the two bending pins are in a straight line with the centre bending die.
Slide the metal you will be bending into the Clarke metal bender. The metal needs to have the two bending pins on its back side, with the bending die resting on the front edge of the metal.
Push the handle of the Clarke metal bender forward with steady pressure to bend the piece of metal.
Pull the handle back to the starting position and slide the bent piece of metal from the Clarke metal bender.