How to Bend a Four-Point Saddle

A four-point saddle bend is very common for bending electrical pipes.
A metal pipe, also called the conduit, is marked at four distinct points where the bends will go. To determine how high the bend needs to be, a chart is provided on the conduit-bending machine. The pipe is then put onto the bender machine and is rotated as it is bent. The end result is a metal pipe with four bends in it.

Step 1

Select a rise of three inches and look at the conduit-bending machine chart.

Step 2

Lay conduit pipe flat on the table and mark four lines with a sharpie that are six inches apart.

Step 3

Set bending machine stopper on the "2."

Step 4

Take conduit and place it in the bender, lining up the first sharpie mark with machine stopper. Bend the pipe until the pipe hits the stopper.

Step 5

Turn the conduit 180 degrees and slide forward to the next mark. Bend pipe until it hits the stop.

Step 6

Slide pipe to the third sharpie mark and bend again until the pipe hits the stop.

Step 7

Slide the conduit to the fourth mark and turn one last time 180 degrees. Then bend pipe until it hits the stop.

Things You Will Need

  • Metal pipe conduit 3/4 inches in diameter
  • Conduit bender with chart
  • Sharpie
  • Ruler

About the Author

Reha Vai began working as a research assistant in 2001. She was credited for her research and was published in BioMed Central in 2005. Vai has written reading goals for Supplemental Education services for No Child Left Behind. She holds a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.