Category Archives: Plumbing Tools

No Priming and Auto Shutoff with M18 Fluid Transfer Pump 2771

fluid transfer crop

The Milwaukee cordless fluid transfer pump 2771-21 ($271) seeks to provide a cordless solution for jobs that require water transfer. (more…)

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Dewalt 20V Adds Crimping, Cutting & Pressing

Dewalt Crimpers

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…)

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Ridgid Spring Fling Deals 2016 SeeSnakes, Pressing, Pipe Wrenches

Spring Fling 2016

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…)

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Preventing Frozen Pipes with an Electric Heating Solution

Electric Pipe Heater

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.

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Milwaukee M12 Thermal Imager 7.8K 2258-21, $499

M12 Thermal Imagers

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.

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Ridgid ProPress Deal & FREE Pipe Wrenches with Stands

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.

Ridgid ProPress Free Batteries

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…)

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Milwaukee Media Event, New Product Symposium 2015 #NPS15

NPS15 Milwaukee

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.

Cordless SDS-Max

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!

M18 9.0Ah batteries

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…)

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Ridgid Spring Fling Promotion for 2015

Ridgid Spring Fling

The latest Ridgid Spring Fling Promotion is now available. These are all Mail-In Rebate offers for additional free product with the purchase of specific products or the most common combinations of product. The Ridgid brand while known for excellent quality products for professional plumbers, electricians and other trades they are not known for much discounting or sales so this annual promo really has become the most popular time of the year to purchase Ridgid Tools. (more…)

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Lifetime Hole Saw Tooth Warranty for Milwaukee Hole Dozer

Lenox vs Milwaukee

It is a pretty bold move to put a Lifetime warranty of any kind on a hole saw. By definition “bi-metal” hole saws are designed to go through various different materials. This is certainly the first time we’ve heard of any company willing to replace a hole saw for a tooth break for any reason, typically a tooth break would be considered “user error” and be deemed void of warranty. It is clean Milwaukee has developed something special with the Hole Dozer Hole Saws and not afraid to put their money where their mouth is.

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Ridgid Portable Pipe Beveller B-500 and Pipe Cutter 258 for Large Diameter Pipe

Ridgid B-500 Beveller

For cutting and beveling steel pipe onsite there are a couple ways to go about it however no process is going to be faster, cleaner and more accurate for larger diameter pipe than using these Ridgid tools. The new Ridgid B-500 Portable Beveller 49298 ($3046) puts a perfectly 37.5 ° bevel on a 4”-12” pipe in under 2 minutes. You can also get 30 or 45 degree bevels cutting heads if needed. This is a very easy tool to setup and operate however it does require a clean strait cut on the pipe so the Ridgid Pipe Cutter 258 for 2.5”-8” 50767 ($2937) or Ridgid 258XL for 8”-12” 58277 ($3049) is going to be the best option to ensure the cut is perfectly even. (more…)

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