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Pipe Wrench Thoughts

Discussion in 'Tools and Test Equip' started by Raymond Moreno Jr, Dec 20, 2017.

  1. Raymond Moreno Jr

    Raymond Moreno Jr New Member

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    Question.

    I love tools.

    Looking for a lightweight aluminum pipe wrench for gas pipe. (Residential furnace and water heater installs).

    Don’t wanna weigh down my tool bag.

    Anyone ever use one of these?

    RIDGID ALUMINUM PIPE WRENCH
     
  2. Ballvalve79

    Ballvalve79 It's only fire what could go wrong

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    I have a set of the steel version of that same wrench. The moveable part of the jaws seemed clubby and even the smaller size never really worked on 1/2 iron pipe real well. I never got used to using it. It seems to me that the pipe wrench design was something that they have nailed correct the first try, kind of like the toilet a few varieties and brands but all the same basic things.
     
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  3. pecmsg

    pecmsg Junior my ASS

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    Had a set on P I Wasn’t happy with them. If your 90 deg to the pipe they tend to slip.
     
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  4. heavyevans

    heavyevans FNG

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    For small pipe, I always grab a 14" offset and a 18" straight.
     
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  5. flange

    flange Act like you care and do SOMETHING!!

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    for anything two inch and under I always used 430 channel locks.
     
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    HMD does it matter?

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  7. Chuck

    Chuck SSP

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    HMD does it matter?

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  9. doc havoc

    doc havoc A cunning linguist

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  10. HMD

    HMD does it matter?

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    :chairshot:
     
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  11. Zman

    Zman Hanging by a Thread

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    Still got my old Steel Craftsman. Can't use them Aluminums as a Hammer,trust me,i know!
     
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  12. Sdeery

    Sdeery Machinist in training

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    Milwaukee for the win
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    sdeery
     
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  13. Raymond Moreno Jr

    Raymond Moreno Jr New Member

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    Nice!

    Thanks, Folks.

    I have heard mixed reviews on the Ridgid wrench I originally mentioned. Most were good though.

    I saw an awesome 10” or 12” aluminum pipe wrench today at a customers house. Super lightweight. Looked like the “Schick” mentioned in one of your responses. I really liked how lightweight it was. Traditional pipe wrench design.

    Hmmm...might just go for a 12” or 14” inch, original design, aluminum Ridgid instead.

    Still on the line.

    Really liked the design of the one I originally mentioned. But if it doesn’t work well...umm...well...I guess it doesn’t work well.

    Never found any video reviews on it either.

    Might look for a “Schick”.

    Bottom line, wanted something to GRIP the gas pipe when installing a furnace or water heater. And DID NOT want to overly weigh down my tool bag.
     
  14. Snoring Beagle

    Snoring Beagle Need Little - Want Less - Love More

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    Looks like a basin wrench.
     
  15. frozensolid

    frozensolid Psychologist's Dream

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    Someone say they wanted a pipe wench? Here you go.
    pipewench.jpg
     
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  16. MOFO the psychic gorilla

    MOFO the psychic gorilla sitting on two achers

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    Got a steel version of the spring jaw. I'd trade it for a traditional jaw. I wouldn't buy one again.
     
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  17. Catpower

    Catpower The Crowd Pleaser

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    I've had many Rigid aluminum only broke one 14 inch offset, but I had a 6 foot cheater on it
     
  18. jamesyarbrough

    jamesyarbrough Amateur Gynecologist

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    I've used a few different brands, rigid, Milwaukee, husky, etc. Rigid is the best. And if you don't mind the price the al ones are hard to beat
     
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  19. oroy54

    oroy54 New Member

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    I may be wrong about this, but I thought those light weight pipe wrenches I saw in the 60's were magnesium. That was about around the time of the muscle car age. Creager came out with the mag "short for magnesium" wheel. Thus the Mag wheel term is still used.
    I still remember a four on the floor, a fifth under the seat and foot prints on the ceiling. Those girls in the 70's were cool!
     
  20. HMD

    HMD does it matter?

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    mebbe you might be thinking 'beryllium'? non sparking.