• Due to high ductility, annealed austenitic stainless steels can be bent to equally small bend radii, gauge for gauge, as carbon steel.
  • Dies should be given a high polish and be free from all surface blemishes to prevent marring the stainless steel finish.
  • The power necessary to bend annealed stainless steel is 50 to 60 percent more than is needed for carbon steel.
  • All metal spring-back, or elastic recovery, and 300 series stainless conduit has about 5% more than galvanized steel.
  • Calbrite ½’’- 4’’ standard radius elbows, in types 304 and 316, are kept in stock at our various locations.
  • Offsets and sweeps are made-to-order and are recommended factory ordered in larger diameters.


Manufacturing Stainless Steel Cleansing Process

Selecting Stainless Steel Cleaning Process

Bending Stainless

Greenlee Tested Calbrite Stainless Conduit at their Rockford Illinois facility “has the ability and engineering approval, and is currently using Calbrite™ stainless steel conduit in their ‘Tool School’ bending classes”.

Bending Stainless Steel

Threading Stainless

  • Conduit threads are NPT tapered threads
  • Conduit couplings use straight threads.
  • NECA 101-2001, “Standard for Installing Steel Conduits, Section 4.1.1.
  • Although coupling threads are straight-tapped, conduit threads are tapered. Use a standard ¾-inch per foot taper National Pipe Thread (NPT) die.
  • When field threading on a very small scale, most rigid metal conduit field threaders will work for stainless.
  • Use standard stainless cutting/threading oils.
  • If numerous threading jobs are required at the site.
  • Threading equipment manufacturers have dies designed for stainless.

Threading Stainless