This Animal Guard Bender has been with Namasté Solar for 2 years now, and it’s still going strong! In fact, we have not had any warranty claims on these tools. Davis at Namasté Solar had this to say about the AG Bender:
“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
Slick Tools was founded to help solar installers, and to make their jobs easier. The last thing we want, is for our customers to worry about the reliability of their tools. Therefore, we chose durable materials that can last for years and designed the Bender in such a way that parts can easily be replaced. This dedication to quality, coupled with our hand assembly of each Bender makes for a tool that will last.
Installers using the AG Bender in the field noticed that pulling the mesh through the machine, slowly wore off the contact rods over time. Back then, Benders were outfitted with contact rods made out of durable polyethylene (UHMW) and we found that by simply rotating the rods, installers could get the maximum use out of the parts.
Since then, we have found that the materials Teflon™ and Delrin™ are better suited for most mesh types. While we have not observed any substantial wear on the current rods, we do offer replacement parts in our shop. These can easily be swapped out by the customer.
Additionally, we have a warranty for the unlikely event of a Bender being defect or not performing like it should be.
As always, reach out with any questions or comments you have!
The Slick Tools Team