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Three Bend Saddles
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Porcupine Labor Press


Three Bend Saddles

Three bend saddles are often used to cross or saddle a small obstruction that would prevent the electrician from installing conduit in a straight line.  One of the obstructions that the electrician most often has to saddle is another run of electrical conduit or pipe that has been installed by a different trade.

Three Bend Saddle

Figure 1 is a picture of a three point saddle that crosses a conduit.

Most three bend saddles are bent using  22.5 for the two outside bends, and 45 for the center bend.

The steps to making a three bend saddle are:

  1. Measure the height of the object to be saddled.
  2. Measure the distance from the end of the conduit to be bent to the center of the object to saddle.
  3. Place mark on conduit at distance to center of object.
  4. Add 3/16" to the distance for each inch of saddle required.   This distance becomes the new center of the 45 bend.
  5. Place marks on the conduit 2 1/2 time the height of the object to saddle each way from the center of the 45 bend.  These marks are where the bender will be placed to make the two 22 1/2 bends.
  6. Place the conduit in the bender with the center mark on the 45 center mark on the bender.


Step 1.

Measure for the saddle.

saddle_measure.wmf (7418 bytes)

Step 2.

Lay out the saddle on the conduit.

saddle_layout.wmf (9964 bytes)

Step 3.

Place conduit in bender

saddle_placement.wmf (40900 bytes)


Step 4.

Make bend number 1.

saddle_bend1.wmf (94580 bytes)


Step 5.

Make bend number 2

saddle_bend2.wmf (37720 bytes)


Step 6.

Make bend number 3

saddle_bend3.wmf (55604 bytes)




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