The frame has a bending lever with a roller that pivots on a steel conical mandrel with a diameter from 3.2 – 38.1mm (0.12 – 1.5”). A graduation indicates the mandrel diameter in both mm and inches.
The specimen can be bent on part of, or along, the entire length of the mandrel, and the results (cracks) corresponding to different test diameters can be observed in a single operation. This is ideal for use in conjunction with the cylindrical mandrel, as it identifies the stop point for more focused testing.
As the instrument is machined out of a solid block of steel, the particularly robust and rigid construction provides excellent resistance to wear and provides long service life. A large, sturdy anodised base, which can be permanently fixed to a workstation, ensures stability during testing.