Category Archives: Plumbing Tools
When it comes to plumbing & utility locating Ridgid has to be considered the leader in the industry. Ridgid has 4 different locators depending on the specific applications. Two models are designed specifically for plumbing applications and the other two for utility applications however several models serve double duty.
Ridgid NaviTrack Scout ($1,284) – The basic Ridgid Plumbing locator is designed specifically for plumbers to find sondes and Seesnake camera heads. This model is not intended for those looking to locate plumbing or utility lines.
Ridgid NaviTrack 2 ($2,217) – This model is ideal for plumbers. It locates sondes and Seesnakes as well is also excellent at locating energized lines. The NaviTrack is very easy to learn and use thanks to the simplified display and options.
Ridgid SeekTech SR-20 ($2,217) – This is the most common utility line locator. Similar in size to the NaviTrack 2 this unit offers some advantages when locating utility lines. This unit will also locate sondes and camera heads as a secondary feature.
Ridgid SeekTech SR-60 ($2,794) – The most advanced locator Ridgid has in the lineup. This unit is closely related to the SR-20 but has a few advances features such as the ability to trace two lines at once on the display. If you’ve ever run into a situation where you hade multiple lines overlapping you will certainly appreciate this feature.
Of course Ridgid also offers several options for 5 & 10 watt transmitters, signal clamps and sondes. Red models are intended to work with plumbing locators and yellow with the utility locators. The Ridgid locators will actually work with any Ridgid transmitters and even other brands of sewer cameras and equipment; the coordinated colors are just for show.
Above is great video of the SR-20 locator which really gives you a good idea how easy these units are to use. If you have never used one of these locators I would recommend calling Ohio Power Tool at 800-242-4424 and talking to one of the professional there before making any purchases.
Irwin Industrial Tool is holding the Ultimate Tradesman Competition again for 2008. This is a skill competition which measures your speed and accuracy for measuring, marking and drilling. Irwin is well known for their high quality hand tools and power tool accessories so this competition is a great way to showcases several of their products. The competition is easy to enter, simply attend one of the upcoming events (View Schedules Here) and compete. For complete information, to see standing, see a video of the time trial, information on prizes and more; visit www.irwinchallenge.com.
Prizes include Cash, Irwin & Dickies clothing, Irwin Tools, race tickets & VIP packages, Ultimate Irwin garage, Roush Ford F150 and a chance to win $1.26 million. The top 20 regional winners get to attend the semi finals at the Texas Motor Speedway. The top 4 finalist will then attend the Phoenix International Raceway and compete for the Grand Prize and a chance to win $1.26 million. For more information on Jamie McMurray, Irwin Racing and the Number 26 Car you can visit www.irwinracing.com.
Ohio Power Tool is proud to offer a wide variety of Irwin Tools including their locking tool Vise-Grips, Marathon saw blades, Strait-Line chalk reels, tap & die sets and much more. For more information on Irwin Industrial Tools call 800-242-4424.
Tanaka Power Equipment is commonly known for their high quality gas powered landscaping equipment such as edgers, weed wackers, chain saws, pole saws, hedgers and backpack leaf blowers. The real secret is their ability to build extremely tough lightweight gas motors that just don’t quit. In fact they sell just their engines by themselves which make it into all sorts of RC cars, planes, high powered blenders and all sorts of other weird projects you can find around the internet.
At Ohio Power Tool you won’t find much in the way of lawn care products (…yet) but you will find several models of the Tanaka Equipment line of Portable Gas Drills. The TED-262R and TED262L are almost identical except the 262R featured a powered reversing switch that allows you to automatically back the drill out. These are used heavily by pole workers for drilling through utility poles with up to a 1” bit. The TED-262HS is designed more specifically as a concrete coring drill. Sold separately is a coring drill wet kit 29898 that helps reduce friction, dust and heat. This drill is ideal for road work, bridge installation, sewer, HVAC, plumbing, steel work and so much more.
All the Tanaka drills are real work horses and include a 2 year commercial warranty which is even good on rental tools. Ohio Power Tool also services these gas drills when they need repair. If you have any questions about the Tanaka Gas Drills or accessories, as always, call 800-242-4424 to talk to the pros at Ohio Power Tool.
Below is a Tanaka Drill demo video which I though was a pretty good sample of the different jobs these drills are built.
If you didn’t know Ridgid has been holding a video contest for some time for faithful Ridgid fans. The contest entry deadline was April 30th so unfortunately you can no longer submit videos. However the winner has not been selected and you still have an opportunity to vote on your favorite video at www.teamridgid.com. You can watch the 5 finalists YouTube Video below and I think there are even some Videos that didn’t make the cut floating around YouTube in addition to the 5 finalists.
These guys are all winners already because they get an all expenses paid trip to Cleveland, Ohio (Only 2 hours away from Columbus & Ohio Power Tool) for the final judging where the winner will get $2,500 in Ridgid Tools.
5 Finalist Videos
Ode’ to the American Plumber
(I pray this is a brand spanking new k-60)
Garbage Disposal Hero
It’s no secret Milwaukee has been planning to come out with a similar product to the Ridgid Seesnake Micro. We mentioned this back when we did the Subcompact face off between Milwaukee 12v vs Bosch 10.8v. The target market should be a little different for these and I believe the new generation of Ridgid Seesnake Micro may focus a little more on plumbers where they have the strongest following. The new 9.5mm Ridgid camera heads available later this month are specifically designed with plumbers in mind. The Milwaukee model will find more broad appeal and working with the same batteries as the 12 volt subcompact tools is a huge advantage, as they will be adding more tools to this line. I like the added features of zoom and high resolution but it’s hard to believe there is not a model capable of taking some still shot images. Read the full Milwaukee press release below.
Milwaukee Introduces New Digital Inspection Camera
MILWAUKEE, WI – Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation introduces a breakthrough in professional inspection technology, the new Digital Inspection Camera. Designed for the professional trades, including plumbers, electricians, HVAC, and MRO professionals, Milwaukee’s Digital Inspection camera significantly enhances productivity by helping professionals quickly and accurately locate and evaluate common jobsite problems.
With advanced digital imaging technology and a 2.5” high-resolution color LCD display, the Digital Inspection Camera provides a crystal clear picture of tough to reach places such as inside pipes, drains and equipment and behind walls. Optimal image quality and control is achieved via an exclusive Image Zoom (2x) feature and LED brightness control. Equipped with a durable, detachable, 3’ water-tight flexible cable and a small camera head, the Digital Inspection Camera fits through holes as small a 3/4” and gets into, under and around tight spaces. An ergonomic handle, comfortable in any orientation, features up-front power and image controls for true one-handed operation. A power saving, auto shut-off feature preserves battery life.
The Digital Inspection Camera is available in 6-volt (Alkaline, model 2300-20) or 12-volt lithium-ion (model 2310-22) configurations. Both models are protected in a durable, impact resistant carrying case. Model 2310-22 includes one, 12-volt lithium ion battery and charger.
• Digital technology delivers superior image quality
• Large, 2-1/2”, high-resolution (320 x 240) color LCD display
• Exclusive adjustable image zoom (2x) and LED brightness control
• Up-front camera controls for true one-hand operation
• Rugged, detachable 3’ water-tight flexible shaft (3’ extension cables also available)
• Small camera head and shaft diameter fit into holes as small as 3/4”
• Handle designed for comfort in any orientation
• Available: June 2008 (12-volt, 2310-22); July 2008 (6-volt 2300-20)
• 2.5” High-Resolution Color LCD display
• 0.7” (17mm) camera head diameter
• Convenient adjustable Image Zoom (2x)
• LED Brightness (3x) Control
• 320 x 240 display resolution
• 3’ expandable flexible cable
• Waterproof camera and cable design
• Power saving Auto Shut-Off feature
• Run time: 8 hours (6-volt), 21 hours (12-volt) of operation
• Available in 6-volt AA (Alkaline) (2300-20) or 12-volt lithium-ion (2310-22) configurations
There are two new Milwaukee Tool offers worth highlighting, good until the inventory is gone.
The first offer is for Milwaukee Accessories. Purchase one of these three kits: Big Hawg Hole Saw 7 Piece Kit, Bi-Metal Hole Saw 15 Piece Kit & Sawzall Blades 14 Piece Kit. And you receive a second of the same kit FREE instantly. This is not a Mail-in rebate and these are in stock so the free kit can be shipped or picked up at the same time. All 3 kits feature the new ice hardened blades, which is the new technique of manufacturing that significantly improves the strength and life of the blades. This is a great deal and if you don’t think you will need both kits these would make great gifts and Father’s Day is not to far away.
The second Milwaukee offer is for Free Tools. Buy 2 tools and receive 1 tool free. This is a mail-in rebate form so you will be waiting a few weeks on the free tool. Ohio Power Tool is stocked up on the following tools and the prices are really great already. Tools included in the offer Milwaukee Drill 0299-20 ($119.94), Drill 0302-20 ($149.04), Hole Hawg Drill 1675-6 ($321.00), Super Hawg Drill 1680-21 ($359.40), Right Angle Drill 3107-6 ($255.00) & New 15 amp Super Sawzall 6538-21 ($187.50). The free tool options include 0299-20 Drill, 6148-6 Grinder & 0621-21 Sander. There is also no limit on the number of free tools and you can order any combination of tools to receive the free tools. View the PDF for full details on this offer.
Obviously these two deals work together very well so if you are in the market for hole saws / drills or a few of the new Super Sawzalls this deal should make your day. If you have any questions on either of these Milwaukee Tool offers call the pros at Ohio Power Tool (800-242-4424) and they should be able to answer you might have.
*** Update the Milwaukee Titan Cart is no longer available however Milwaukee is working on new Storage Solutions for 2015 and it’s possible we could see mobile storage solutions again. We will share more information as we hear it!
The Titan Milwaukee Work Carts came out well over a year ago and has served many of us very well. Around the internet you will see these selling for $300-600+ depending on the model. The main difference in the two models is the 48-60-5015 has a lockable cabinet on the bottom shelf while the 48-60-5010 is open on the bottom. Both carts have a lockable drawer and work with the same add-on accessories. Milwaukee Tool made an entire site to showcase how these carts can be configured and videos to show how well these carts are built.
Ohio Power Tool is selling the 48-60-5010 cart for $175.00, which we can’t find anything for even double that on any site across the internet. These are brand new in the box from the factory and Made in the USA. Checkout the Google Shopping search on this product for our everyone’s prices. These will move fast at this price. If you have any questions call Ohio Power Tool at 800-242-4424.
The relatively new Bosch Multi-Detector DMD4K at first glance looks like a glorified stud finder but this little gizmo does way more than allow you to point it at yourself and make bad jokes. It does detect wood studs however it also can detect metal and let you know if the metal is ferrous (magnetic) or non-ferrous (non-magnetic). In addition it has a zoom feature which allows you to detect material that is deeper in the material (up to 4”). Recently during a job site demo we used the DMD4K to find rebar in concrete barriers several inches deep in concrete. There is a gauge to tell you how strong the signal is and coupled with the zoom feature it is pretty easy to exactly pin point any pipe, wire or stud. Once the material is located it is easy to mark it through the illuminated hole in the center of the detector, large enough for any standard pencil. Note, don’t use a mechanical pencil or metal pen as the metal next to the detector throws off your readings. The detector also can detect live electric lines and has a separate gauge for the strength of line. This is a big convenience and an even bigger safety feature for demolition work.
The DMD4K is a great tool which you can get at Ohio Power Tool for $89.00. It is also available for free if you buy a Bulldog SDS-Plus Rotary Hammer 11255VSR ($239). It is shipped right with the tool smae day if ordered before 1:00pm EST, no mail-in rebate or anything like that. The DMD4K is very useful for any contractor, handyman, plumber, electrician, you name it.
In a recent post we briefly compared the Bosch 10.8V Pocket Driver PS20-2 and the Milwaukee 12V Micro Driver 2401-22. At the time we had not receive the Milwaukee 12V tools so it was more of an on paper comparison. Now that a few months have past and we have some customers using them it is time to take another look.
I would like to start off by saying both these tool lines have been incredibly successful and I really feel these are professional tools that just happen to be very small. The Sub Compact Tool category has a very legitimate place in many professional tool boxes. An estimated 80-90% of our customers are professionals who come to us for their tools and repairs and we wouldn’t sell any products we don’t stand behind.
The Bosch PS20-2 claims to be able to drive 100 3” screws on a single charge and I though a good comparison would be to see if that was true and then see if the Milwaukee 2401-22 could match it… then though about screwing in 200 3” screws and decided against that particular comparison.
On paper it looks like the Milwaukee Micro Driver has a serious advantage over the Bosch Pocket Driver.
Milwaukee 2401-22 Micro Driver – 12 Volt – 120 ft lb
Bosch PS20-2 Pocket Driver – 10.8 Volt – 80 ft lb
Some interesting information on the PS20-2, the rating is actually on their “average power” not the “initial power”. The claim from Bosch is that their starting power rating is actually above 12 Volts and the initial ft lb torque is also higher, presumably around 120 ft lb like the Milwaukee 2401-22. The entire line of 10.8V Bosch tools will actually get a name change to “Bosch 12 Volt Max” at some point in the near future. This explanation leads me to believe their will be no real changes to the components only the name will change to reflect their “Max” power rating. This information is from Bosch so you should consider the source; Milwaukee probably has a completely different view on comparing the two products.
If this is the case essentially these two tools are even more similar than they appear. When you look at the batteries they look almost identical in shape and size. It is not hard to believe the power output would be very similar as well. The chargers and cases are also very similar as you can see in the picture below. I did test these both out on a few screws and from that basic test I couldn’t feel any real difference in power although I wasn’t exactly testing the limits.
Currently Bosch has 4 tools in their line-up while Milwaukee only has the 1 but both companies are planning to have 20-30 tools out for each line in the next year or two. It will be very interesting to see what new tools we will see in the sub compact tool market. Milwaukee for instance has plans to create a product that will compete with the Ridgid Seesnake Micro 25643 so we are going to see all sorts of new tools outside traditional saws, drivers and drills. This makes the comparison much more difficult because you always want to choose the line that will have the most versatility using the same battery system.
Bosch does currently have a special for a free ESPN fleece with all 10.8v purchases until April 11th if that might effect your buying decision.
So who wins the ultra compact driver comparison between the Bosch vs. Milwaukee? I personally would have to give a slight advantage to the Milwaukee 2401-22 and this is under the assumption the power output and torque are more similar than the numbers say, which I can believe. The Milwaukee had a few features over the Bosch that makes it stand out. First, the quick bit-loading 1/4” hex chuck is really nice and easier to use than the Bosch. Second the Milwaukee has a battery gauge, where the Bosch doesn’t. Finally the Milwaukee 12V Driver just looks cooler. Now the Milwaukee did come out 6 months later so they had time to really make more improvements. Both tools have build in light, weight about the same and feel very similar in hand. What would really make the decision much easier is if I knew what 20+ products were going to be added to each company’s line up. These are just the drivers; I can’t wait to see how competitive this gets in the next year.
If you have any opinions about either of these tools or any other sub compact tools feel free to post a comment.
The Seesnake Micro 25643 has been an incredibly successful product. The price is affordable, it’s easy to carry around, extremely useful and just a lot of fun. There have been a few complaints. It is after all a brand new product. Specifically customers have had problems with the heads breaking during heavy use. Also the neck is not always flexible enough for different plumbing jobs. Many of our customers have used the regular Seesnakes for years and know the Seesnakes are durable machines. I think perhaps some users got a little aggressive with their micros and had it doing jobs they maybe should have used something like a Seesnake Compact 95542 instead.
If you have found yourself in this situation there is good news. Ridgid has come out with a new 3’ camera head that is more flexible and the head is 9.5mm (current model is 17mm). Another big advantage is the new camera head will be made of aluminum, instead of plastic, so it can take more abuse without cracking. There is no immediate plan to replace the heads on all new Seesnake Micros so everyone will still need to buy the regular Micro 25643 and then also buy the 9.5mm 3’ camera head 30068.
Good news is you can pre-order the 30068 Camera Head for $99.95 at Ohio Power Tool. The bad news is it won’t arrive until May and there will only be a limited supply so if you don’t pre-order you could be waiting until mid summer before you get your hands on one.