Category Archives: Plumbing Tools
Several of the power tool companies have launched inspection cameras with varying degree of success. With Milwaukee Tool’s focus so much on the Plumbing and Mechanical trades the need to offer a great inspection camera on the M12 Battery Platform is pretty critical. The redesigned M-Spector, now known as the M-Spector Flex is offered in 3 configurations with basic 3’ head 2315-21 ($479), 9” head 2316-21 ($499) and finally the long awaited PivotView Head 2317-21 ($699). Of course the heads are interchangeable so if you start with the base model you can always get the Pivot Head later.
Chalk this one up in the “why didn’t I think of that” category. The new Ridgid Straplock 42478 ($25) is an ideal tool for handling 3” – 8” PVC pipe and fittings. Super easy to adjust for different size pipe in seconds, just pull the slack. Ideal for aligning pipe, check out the video to see extended setup time, makes a lot of sense.
Check out all the Ridgid Plumbing tools and if you have any questions give the pros at Ohio Power Tool 800-242-4424 a call and they would be more than happy to help you find the right tool for the job.
The Milwaukee cordless drain snake has been a long awaited addition for many in the plumbing and maintenance trades. The M12 Drain Snake 2571-21 ($249) includes a 25’ x 5/16” bulb cable, battery, charger and 5 gallon bucket which is very handy for transport and storage. Some plumbers we talked with were concerned the M12 platform would not have enough power and were also concerned about what would the run time be like in the field. We gave the product to a plumbing professional and our friend, Tom from SewerQuest to try it out with his crew.
It used to be that trades were very loyal to certain trade specific tools electricians used GreenLee for knockouts and crimpers, plumbers used Ridgid threading and pipe tools, general tools whomever did it best like Skil Circular Saw, Bosch SDS Hammer, Milwaukee Sawzall and Dewalt Drill. The big move to cordless however changes everything because now it makes much more sense to stick to a single battery platform, and that platform is king. If you’ve got a dozen Dewalt 20V batteries and in the market for a press tool, chances are good you may consider the Dewalt over Ridgid ProPress.
Coming in June Dewalt will be adding 5 new tools to target professionals in various trades. For electricians Died Crimper DCE300, Dieless Crimper DCE350 and Cable Cutter DCE150, capacity up to 750 MCM Cu/1000 MCM Al. For Plumbing & Mechanical trades a Press Tool DCE200 to tackle 1/2” – 4” pipe. For various trades a Threaded Rod Cutter DCS350 which can do up to ½” steel and 3/8” stainless.
This seems like a somewhat scattered shot approach to building up the platform but these are the most popular power tools for various trades. For more info on these new tools the official Dewalt press release is below and expect more detailed info to follow in June on each tools specs, price and performance. (more…)
It’s that time of the years again for Ridgid’s Spring Fling (see full PDF here) which will run February to April 2016. It’s pretty typical stuff if you’ve seen previous Spring Flings but looks to be a little more simplified. For the Full Size SeeSnake Camera System with a 200’ reel and large monitor you will get a Scout Locator ($1348) for FREE. The SeeSnake systems with a smaller RS6 Monitor, if you add on a drain cleaner you still qualify for the FREE Scout Locator. We like the option here to build the package that makes the most sense for you. (more…)
Our long time friend Rob Robillard, Concord Carpenter is a wealth of knowledge on home repairs, remodeling and prevention of potential home disasters. For our readers soaking up the Southern California sun, you can just skip right past this article. While this year has been extremely mild so far there is still plenty of winter left for an extreme cold snap in the North. Check out this solution for keeping pipes from freezing.
Thermal Imaging Camera have come a long way from the $20,000+ units the military used in the 1980’s to this new 7,854 Pixel (102×77) camera 2258-21 for under $500. Thermal imaging cameras can really change the way we do so many job in plumbing, electrical, HVAC, remodeling, engine repair, roofing and so many more. Up until now the cost of a camera has just been so far out of reach (even $2-5K just a few years ago) that is was very hard to justify. Drop that down to a price you don’t need to take a loan out for and it’ll easily pay for itself in time and problem savings within the first few months.
Starting now and going through September Ridgid has come out with 2 terrific deals on a couple of their more popular items. We see far less deals and promos from the Ridgid Pro Tool side so we are also happy to see nice spiffs like these come though.
For the Ridgid ProPress Tools if you purchase select models of 200-B, 210-B or RP340 you can receive 2 18V batteries ($240 value). See the Full Mail-In Rebate HERE. While these kits do come with batteries already we’ve rarely ever heard anyone say they couldn’t use more. These are also the same batteries used with the SeeSnake Camera systems. (more…)
Each year Milwaukee Tool brings in a large group of media folks from various magazines and tool focused blog sites. They really gear their following 9 months of product launches around this annual event so they invest the time and energy into making the event a big deal. This year was again bigger than ever before and the Red team really showed us some impressive leaps forward in cordless tools as well as expanding their trade focus for hand tools and accessories.
For our “predictions” post we missed the mark completely still no M18 FUEL Hackzall or M18 10’ Mitersaw or Remote Controlled Cooler… at least not for the rest of 2015. Great news is our hope for events several years from now cometh early with the launch of the 9.0Ah High Demand battery. We thought that might be 2017 or 2018 before we would see cordless tools with demands of higher outputs and run-times. The 9.0Ah battery makes possible the first ever cordless 1-9/16” SDS-Max Rotary Hammer Drill which can chip non-stop for 20 minutes on a single battery. This thing uses the same front end as their corded model and hits just as hard, incredibly impressive!
On M18 FUEL 7-1/4″ circluar saw or M18 FUEL Sawzall this battery will go all day long. Charge time with the new M12/M18 RAPIDCHARGE charger can fill these huge fuel tanks in about 90-100 minutes which is certainly reasonable. (more…)