AG Bender™

The Slick Tools AG Bender is an invaluable tool for installing wire mesh animal guard (AG) around solar PV arrays to protect them from pests and debris.

How It Works

The AG Bender forms rigid, customizable 3D profiles from off-the-shelf wire mesh for use in pest abatement.

1Load a roll of wire mesh into the machine.

wire mesh loading into AG bender

2Pull mesh through machine to desired length; cut and repeat.

3Install using your preferred method and leave your customers with durable, good-looking animal guard!

Features & Benefits

neat stack of bent wire mesh

Speed, quality & consistency

If you install Animal Guards, the AG Bender is a no-brainer. By equipping your team with the right tool for the job, you’ll deliver a high quality product, while saving time and preventing repetitive strain injuries.

Compact and portable

The AG Bender is lightweight, occupies only 14″x16″ of space, and requires no power source; allowing you to bend custom profiles on-site to suit any PV array.

different wire meshes

Mesh compatibility

Easily interchangeable parts make the machine compatible with most wire meshes, including PVC and powder coated.

Technical specs

Compatible wire meshes:

Roll inside diameter: 1¾“-4”

Roll outside diameter: up to 13″

Profile width adjustment

Get the perfect spring fit in roof-to-array gaps from 3.5″ up to 6.5″.

Bend angle adjustment

Adapt your profile to a variety of racking systems and installation methods.

Single- or double-crease

Reinforce one or both edges of the wire mesh depending on roof type and attachment method.

Assembly of Bender by Hand

Built to last

Our products are proudly assembled by hand in Boulder, Colorado.

We offer replacement parts and service machines as stated in our warranty.

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Colorado Made

All of our products are proudly assembled by hand in Boulder, Colorado.


The AG Bender from Slick Tools has helped streamline our installs and is a hit with our install teams. It is faster, safer and consistent. Workmanship and quality are also great.

Joe Montoya – Senior Director of Residential Services, Namasté Solar Electric

This bender is slick, for real. Looking back I feel like bending by hand was the stone age. The adjustment is easy, it’s intuitive to use, you can make any length you need and you don’t have to blow out wrists with hand bending. It’s held up to the abuse it gets in the work van and looks like it will be around for a long time.

Davis Fogerty – Solar PV Installer, Namasté Solar Electric

I bend AG in less than half the time it used to take! Fast and easy! There is less work to do, and I get a more consistent bend on my AG! Actually really helpful.

Paul Scherzinger – Crew Lead, Namasté Solar Electric

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Rental Program

six AG Benders on bench

If you’re a homeowner or installer who wants top-quality animal guard for one specific PV project, our Rental Program should fit the bill. It’s simple and affordable: for a small start-up fee, we’ll ship you a Bender. Use it as long as you like at a weekly rate, and ship it back when you’re done. This is also a great option for installers who would like to try the machine before they buy; rentals can easily be converted into sales. Visit the Product page for more info on pricing and terms, or Contact us directly with any questions!

We offer a 10% discount to Amicus Solar Cooperative and Amicus O&M Cooperative members! Enter code AMICUS10 at checkout.

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