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Imperial® 470-FH Tube Bender Wins Motor Magazine Top 20 Tools Award

Magazine praises tool's functionality and ease of use

GLENWILLOW, OHIO (September 8, 2005) — The Imperial® 470-FH Triple Head 180° Tube Bender has received a Top 20 Tools Awards from Motor Magazine. The publication has issued the annual awards since 1992.

In its September issue, Motor Magazine applauds the ease of use and functionality of the 470-FH tube bender. The special, patent-pending Roto-Lok™ handle is designed to bend tubing up to 180° in two simple stages. The first stage bends the tubing to 90°. Then, the handle is released and rotated to lock into its starting position to bend the tubing up to an additional 90°. The editors were also impressed with the tool’s radius forming grooves.  “These grooves allow the user to bend the tubing in the smallest radius possible to enable tighter turns and minimize the amount of space taken by the bends,” the magazine said.

Motor Magazine, the oldest to chronicle automotive service and technology, was founded in 1903 by publisher William Randolph Hearst. The publication extensively covers aftermarket parts and independent repair facilities.

Stride Tool Inc. designs, manufactures and markets professional and DIY hand tools for a global customer base. Its brand, Imperial®, is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2005 and is sold through HVAC, retail, industrial and automotive distribution. The privately held company operates production facilities in Illinois, New York and Ohio.  More information is available at A hi-res image of the 470-FH Triple Head 180° Tube Bender is available on the website for downloading.

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