[Market-farming] Coleman's Quick Hoops

Owsley lucy boulderbelt at embarqmail.com
Sun Oct 11 11:02:24 EDT 2009

Wow, that sounds a lot like the hoop houses we developed about 12  
years ago. Auctions can be a good place to get cheap benders. You can  
even use the crotch of a sturdy tree.

On Oct 11, 2009, at 9:50 AM, Allan Balliett wrote:

> 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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