Extend the growing season for cold-hardy crops with a very late season harvest or overwinter them for earliest possible spring harvest. Quickly create low tunnel hoops out of galvanized electrical conduit (EMT) to withstand 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. 10' lengths are very economical. Will also bend 3/4", or even 1" conduit, which can be used to provide extra strength for tunnel ends. Bender comes in 3', 4', or 6' wide configurations so Quick Hoops™ can span one or two beds at a time. 3' wide model is ideal for taller crops such as cut flowers, peppers, and Brussels sprouts. Mounts to any solid surface, such as the corner of a shop workbench, a picnic table, or hay wagon. Mount it to your farm truck's hitch receiver, using our optional hitch mount, for convenience and portability. 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 and detailed instructions. Developed in conjunction with Eliot Coleman. Finished tunnel measures 4' W x 4' H. NOTE: Lever bar shown in instruction manual is not included with #9377 Quick Hoops Bender.