Portable Rebar Tool combines bending and cutting functions.

Press Release Summary:

Model VB16Y cuts and bends concrete reinforcing rod during construction of foundations and structures. It bends up to No. 5 Grade 60 rebar at max angle of 180 deg. Tool works with 3/8, 1/2, and 5/8 in. dia rebar. Operator has complete control over velocity and angle at which rebar is bent. Reference markings on bending plate provide for easy position adjustment, and dial lets operator make cuts at variety of angles.

Original Press Release:

Hitachi Introduces The First Portable Rebar Cutter And Bender In The Industry, The VB16Y

NORCROSS, GA - Once again, Hitachi Power Tools proves itself to be a leader in the power tool industry with the introduction of yet another tool a cut above the rest - its revolutionary VB16Y. This new rebar cutter/bender provides jobsite cutting and bending of rebar in one portable and completely unique tool.

Yes! - It can do both!

A once very labor-intensive and time-consuming chore has been amazingly simplified by Hitachi's VB16Y. Unlike other machines on the market that can just bend or cut, but not do both, the new VB16Y can both bend and cut rebar with ease. Precision angle bends are preset and completed in just seconds. Utilizing an impressive 530 watts of power, the VB16Y's built-in microprocessor uniformly bends up to No.5 Grade 60 rebar at a maximum angle of 180 degrees.

You're in control

And although the tool does all the work, the operator has complete control over the velocity and angle at which the rebar is bent. A variable speed trigger with safety lock provides the operator with "manual-like" precision and control over the bending speed. Reference markings on the bending plate provide for easy position adjustment. And with the turn of a pre-set dial, you can make cuts at a numerous variety of angles with no problem at all.

Lightweight, yet solid as a rock

Because the VB16Y combines bending and cutting functions into one machine, now the operator only has to transport half the weight and tools he normally needed to get the job done. The VB16Y weighs 42 lbs, meaning it can be easily transported to the jobsite or bolted to a fixed base. Furthermore, the VB16Y's extremely low profile design, combined with two reaction receivers at the front and the rear, balance and stabilize the tool.

Hitachi's VB16Y offers jobsite simplicity, precision, and portability promising to dramatically reduce the cost of on-site rebar installation.

Hitachi VB16Y, Portable Rebar Cutter/Bender, Technical Specifications

Capacity: 3/8", 1/2", and 5/8" diameter
Power Input: 530W
Cutting Time: 3.1 seconds
Bending Time: 5.1 seconds
Weight: 42 lbs.
Dimensions: 18.4"L x 8.5" H x 9.1"W
Standard accessories: 1 wrench, 1 cutter
Applications: Cutting and bending of rebar (concrete reinforcing rod) during construction of foundations and external structures. Cutting and bending of rebar for fitting building parts during construction of reinforced concrete buildings.

Customer Contact: (800) 546-1666 Website: www.hitachi.com/powertools

Public Relations Coordinator 1.800.829.4752 x208 cifreod@hitachi-powertools.coni

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