Category Archives: Plumbing Tools
It was 60 degrees in Columbus, Ohio this weekend, and that has folks thinking about spring even though it is mid-January. Well, it could be the weather, or it could be the Ridgid Tools Spring Fling promotion that we just got our hands on. From now until the end April when you buy one of a select few drain cleaning machines such as the Ridgid K-50-6 Sectional Drain Cleaning Machine or the Ridgid K-7500 Drain Cleaning Machine, you will be eligible for a free cable or a credit on a future Ridgid tools purchase from your favorite distributor. This could be a good way to get an extra cable if you are in the market for one of these drain cleaners. (more…)
This is our first look at the new Ridgid 238-P Soil Pipe Cutter attachment that can be used with any ½” impact wrench to cut cast iron & clay pipe up to 8” (6” concrete). Shown faintly in the above picture it is working with the wildly popular Ingersoll Rand Cordless Impact IQv W7150, but it could also work any other brand of high torque impact drivers: cordless, electric or air powered. The target price for one of these units should be around $600 and they will actually hit shelves later this month! This is an ideal solution for folks who are looking to get away from using manual cutting tools but don’t want to go all the way up to the more expensive hydraulic pipe cutting tools. These units will be available shortly from Ohio Power Tool, in the meantime read more in the Ridgid press release below. (more…)
For reasons I do not fully understand (perhaps as a tax write off), December always seems to be a good time of the year to buy a Ridgid SeeSnake Inspection System. While SeeSnakes are flying off the shelves, I thought I would take an opportunity to discuss the different recording systems that are available for the full size Ridgid SeeSnake reels and talk about what each can and can’t do.
It seems the folks at that design the Ridgid pipe and tubing cutters have seen the err in their ways after the release of the PTEC 2550 and have sought to correct the most major issue with it. The PTEC 3000 features an open, rather than closed, design for 1-1/2″ pipe. This feature allows you to cut pipe that is single or double flanged or already has a fitting or something that increases the diameter of the pipe. (more…)
The trend over the past several years has been moving more and more towards pressing copper pipe rather than traditional sweating methods. These connections are more secure and there is less room for error/leaks that will cause trouble down the road. We don’t have any exact figures to go on but our feeling from talking with plumbers daily is that this is a growing trend, but there is certainly a large portion of the tradesmen population that has yet to commit the investment needed to get a press tool and continue to sweat pipes. We recently announced 2 new Milwaukee Press Tools to hit the market, which must mean Milwaukee sees an opportunity for growth here. The new Milwaukee models feature a similar inline design which offers some advantage over the traditional gun type tools. Ridgid, now looking to be one-upped, is striking back with their own compact Strait Line design tool ProPress 200B ($1837, Ohio Power Tool). (more…)
The new Milwaukee cordless M12 & M18 copper press tools are just hitting store shelves now. Milwaukee has added a nice Mail-In Rebate promotion to help build a little excitement as well as help sell the whole copper pipe solution. The Milwaukee M12 Press Tool 2473-22 ($1799, Ohio Power Tool) and 2673-22 ($3099, Ohio Power Tool) or any of the copper pressing tools for that matter are serious investments, their thought is to automate the entire process it looks like. (more…)
There are now dozens of small handheld inspection cameras on the market with any number of options and price ranges. What is becoming more obvious is that as there are more units available each needs to find its specialty. The Ridgid CA-300, for instance connects to reels from 30-100’ and replaces larger camera at a fraction of the investment. Other cameras with tiny heads are finding useful application looking into motor blocks for automotive applications. The Milwaukee M12 Camera 2314-21 ($240, Ohio Power Tool) has found a happy place as the toilet specialist.
The Ridgid brand of professional plumbing equipment is the clear industry leader with some of the most well built and innovative products available. Unfortunately this also means they do not run many promotions for their products with the exception of the once per year Spring Fling promotion where you can pick up a few extras with your purchase. The promo is a mail-in rebate and can include additional cables with Drain Cleaners, a free year to RidgidConnect or a NaviTrack Transmitter (valued at $915) with full SeeSnake Camera System.
We recently had a few days with this thermal imaging camera and learned a fair amount about its functionality and our own home in the process. We originally got to see the unit at Milwaukee’s headquarters (see original post here). Given a little more time with it the Milwaukee M12 2260-21 ($2500, Ohio Power Tool) really is an amazing piece of technology you need to get your hands on.
If you are looking for a very precise way to bend up to 3” steel and stainless steel pipe these new manual pump, hydraulic benders may be interesting for you as they bend and measure at the same time. The manual pump also makes these units competitively priced and provide excellent control. The model HB382 ($1019, Ohio Power Tool) can handle up to 2” pipe and weights about 160 lbs. The model HB383 ($1790, Ohio Power Tool) will handle up to 3” but hits the scales at nearly 400 lbs making it a little tougher to just throw in the back of the truck. Read more information on these units for the official Ridgid press release below.