Category Archives: Plumbing Tools
There’s no denying that the Ridgid Propress RP200 delivered professional results in a compact size, contractors reliability could depended on. A professional grade, powerful ram output of 5400 lbs, delivered over 100 presses per charge in 18V however as a compact option left a little to be desired, slightly heavier and larger than its competitors. Introducing the new Ridgid RP 241 ($1430-$1940 price depends on how many heads in kit), the next generation of compact inline pressing tool. The RP 241 uses the smaller 12V battery platform, same as the PEX-ONE tool. For Ridgid ProPress users on the 18V platform there is still the smaller press tool RP 210 ($1525-$2010) or heavy duty RP 340 ($2222 – $3169) both should remain for sometime. (more…)
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Bosch has increased their cordless reciprocating saw range substantially over the last couple of years. From just a single (mediocre) 18V standard model, to compact, one-handed models in both 12V and 18V, and now the premium brushless GSA18V-125N.
We saw these new Milwaukee Cordless Drain Cleaning solutions at this year’s New Product Symposium (#NPS17) we did leave there with a few questions and recently we had the opportunity to have Morgan in the shop and address some actual usability questions, pricing questions and try to get a glimpse into how deep Milwaukee plans to go into the Drain Cleaning. Below is our chat with Morgan and below that some additional info now available from Milwaukee, including their official product videos.
While at the 2017 New Product Symposium this year, we saw some pretty impressive innovations in plumbing tools and technology from Milwaukee. Milwaukee has made some game-changing improvements on some of their existing plumbing tools, but also introduced some industry-first tools that have never been seen before. They have made an impressive step forward for M12 Drain Cleaning & M18 Drain Cleaning. We are very excited to see how these new tools we saw perform against the current competition.
Milwaukee is continuing to show its dominance in the marketplace by providing innovative, problem-solving solutions for professionals. Just announced, they introduced a a game-changing solution for unclogging toilets, urinals and floor traps for service plumbers and facility maintenance professionals. The new TRAPSNAKE Porcelain Auger System is scheduled to be released in March. Utilizing the M12 battery technology, professional plumbers will have the luxury using a powerful, yet compact tool , that is light weight and delivers superior results. While some plumbing tools may require the M18 battery, the M18 chargers were engineered to all charge the M12’s at the same time. (more…)
RIDGID will soon be lightening tool bags and easing PEX connections with the release of the PEX-ONE Cordless Press Tool. Boasting a 30% lighter design, the RIDGID PEX-ONE enables quick and easy connections overhead and in tight spaces. Designed for one-handed use, the PEX-ONE weighs only 5 pounds, has a 5 second crimp cycle and MSRP is expected at $675 which is inline with other automatic options. Its 12V battery provides over 150 crimp cycles and the quick change head makes for quick die changes. It is compatible with ASTM F1807 copper crimp ring fittings and in the near future Viega PureFlow® fittings.
The new RIDGID SeeSnake Monitor CS65x ($3907) really provides a mobile workstation to document your inspections while you are working on them. Full keyboard allows you to type in all the customer’s info and make notes. You can record the inspection in several ways, photo, video or PhotoTalk which is a photo with audio commentary over them. Once everything is recorded onto the 128 GB solid state hard drive in HQ Software it can easily be sent to customer via email or put on a USB or sent off to be printed, added to DVD or any number of other formats. By utilizing WiFi or BlueTooth you can easily pair with any mobile device or network for internet connectivity.
For the RIDGID 2017 Calendars they have made the change to feature 12 artist’s renderings of Pipe Wrenches instead of the iconic Pinup Girls. I like the graphics, if the calendar were a new promo idea from a company I would think it was pretty cool idea. Of course going from a 50 year tradition for beautiful ladies on the wall of the shop to drawings of pipe wrenches is not going to sit well with everyone. This has been a change several years coming and with the move towards a more PC work place should not come as much of a surprise.
For November & December there are some very aggressive Milwaukee Deals designed specifically to put M18 9.0Ah batteries into your hands. The 48-11-1890 sells for $200, it’ll probably stay that price all next year and we think it’s well worth it but you’d be crazy to buy one. Only a few years ago Milwaukee was a small fry in the cordless game, they got aggressive to become top potato these days but competition is now heating up with many others. Milwaukee solution, 9.0Ah batteries for EVERYONE!!!
One great way into a couple larger batteries is the M18 FUEL miter saw 2734-21HD ($599), which will come with 1 battery normally but for the next couple months or until they all sell out you’ll get 2x of the 9.0Ah monsters. Weight obviously plays no part in how this tool functions so it’s a great partner for the bigger batteries but honestly this saw will work for hours on even a 5.0Ah. (more…)