[Market-farming] Coleman's Quick Hoops

Allan Balliett aballiett at frontiernet.net
Sun Oct 11 09:50:19 EDT 2009


Johnnys is now marketing a bender to make Coleman-style hoops for 
'quick hoop' houses for over wintering product.

$70 for the bender.

I'm wondering if there is a cheaper or better solution for lite hoops 
like this?

Thanks

-Allan in WV

Quick Hoops Bender 6' diameter

New! Hoophouse style protection at 1/20th the cost.
Extend the growing season for cold-hardy crops with a very late 
season harvest or overwinter them for earliest possible Spring 
harvest. Quickly creates low tunnel hoops out of galvanized 
electrical conduit (EMT) to withstand brutal fall winds and heavy 
winter snow loads. 1/2" conduit is recommended for most applications, 
and can be purchased at your local home improvement store or 
electrical supply house for about $2 per 10 ft length. Will also bend 
3/4", or even 1" conduit, which can be used to provide extra strength 
for tunnel ends. Bender comes in 4- or 6-ft diameter configurations, 
so Quick Hoops can span one or two beds at a time. Mounts to any 
solid surface, such as the corner of a shop workbench, a picnic 
table, hay wagon, etc. When frost is expected, Quick Hoops are 
installed over the beds by inserting them into the soil about 10" and 
then covered with spun-bonded row cover. 10 - 15 ft widths are 
recommended. When real winter threatens, the row cover is then topped 
with UV resistant Tufflite III plastic greenhouse cover; sold in 10 x 
100 ft rolls. Covers are usually secured with sand bags or some other 
type of weight placed at the edge of each hoop. Includes curved 
bender, lever bar (for "finishing" the bend) with removable inserts 
to accommodate 1/2", 3/4" or 1" electrical conduit, and detailed 
instructions.




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