Various types of construction and machinery work regularly call for customized tubes, bent to a specific shape in order to fit the requirements of the project. And in those cases, the standard practice is to outsource this bending process to another company which specializes in that. This allows you to not only focus on completing other parts of the project in the meantime, but it also guarantees some level of quality for the tubes that you're ordering.
This can all be achieved just as well by doing the bending yourself though, and that's something not many people seem to realize. Tube bending is not too difficult as a process, and it requires rather little experience in order to get good results. The only truly important thing is that you have access to a reliable, high-grade machine for the job, because this is what will determine your success to a large extent.
Tube bending machines are usually not very expensive even if you're buying them from a professional company, although this doesn't mean that you can rush your purchase and go about it carelessly. Quite on the contrary, you should do some research on the market and find out what benefits you can get from each manufacturer and accordingly from each of their products.
Sometimes it might actually be a good idea to invest in more than one type of tube bending machine, especially if you're running a larger operation and frequently need different designs to be completed quickly. Of course, in that case you should also make some additional considerations such as the size of the equipment and how well you can fit it into your currently available room, and whether all your workers would be sufficiently experienced to work with all the different types of machines which you buy.
On that note, you may want to check if the company you're buying from also offers any training courses or materials that can help you out in getting your workers more accustomed with their new hardware faster. This is an important consideration to make in any case, because you always have to consider the overhead which will be created as a result of working with new hardware. Of course, if you think through this carefully, it should not be a problem at all.
Industrial equipment like that usually comes with special warranty plans and it's not very easy to compare them objectively, because each company likes to give you different benefits on top of the standard support that you'll get. This depends on the type of machine you're buying as well, so you should try to just focus on making sure that you're getting the best support and maintenance features that you're eligible for with the kind of hardware which you're ordering. In some cases, buying extended warranty may be a good idea too, although that's not featured in every manufacturer's product line so you may have to ask about that explicitly if you want to be sure before finalizing the deal.