Rib Bending Irons
Our rib bending irons are outstanding value for money because we take less to give you more. It's that simple. Our tools have exceptional performance and lifespan because we ensure only high quality materials, components and processes are used both inside and out.
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Why Luthier's Bench?
Our main advantages are; Our solid former casting, refined profile shape, rapid heating time, solid build quality and value for money. You do not have to waste time waiting for the bending iron to heat up or checking the temperature with a surface thermometer. You can plug it in and go, relying on the performance to save time and allow a more efficient project.
Along with performance benefits, our design also enhances the lifespan of the bending iron. When the heating element and thermostat are used more efficiently they are under less strain. This is a large part of how our bending irons last for many years. We would rather our customer’s get a strong reliable product which they do not have to worry about.
Much of the strength comes from using a cast aluminium base in conjunction with a cast former. After experimenting with both fabricated and wooden bases we found nothing to be as sturdy as castings. We then use two 8mm bolts to go deep into the former through a non-compressive heat shield material. This makes the bending iron absolutely ‘rock solid’ and avoids any wobble at all!
Aluminium vs Bronze
Bronze tends to retain the heat slightly better than aluminium, this can be helpful when bending large or thick ribs. It will also oxidise more consistently over time than aluminium. The heating time for both is very similar: 12 mins to 200°c (400°F). They also both have a similar surface finish and are both built to last a lifetime.
The exact shape of our former profiles have been carefully refined over many years working with Luthiers at the Newark School Of Violin Making. We focussed on creating versatile profiles which provide just the right tight and broad radius without the need for bolt on extensions.