Aluminum Pipe Wrenches

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice, Tips & ' started by dlarrivee, Feb 14, 2010.

  1. dlarrivee

    dlarrivee New Member

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    Thoughts or opinions on these?

    I think beyond the weight savings, they'd be great because they wont rust if you end up working in a ditch or out in the rain.
  2. nhmaster

    nhmaster Master Plumber

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    They are twice as expensive to do the same job. I think the small ones are a wste of money though if you carry a bunch in the tool bag they sure save some weight. When we get into the 2' range though they are a lot easier on the muscles.
  3. Cass

    Cass Plumber

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    if you use them all the time that is what you want...I haven't found any I like as well as Ridgid brand...the ones from china are junk...
  4. nhmaster

    nhmaster Master Plumber

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    Reed makes a pretty good one and so does Lennox.
  5. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    lumnum

    The new ones are similar in size to the forged steel ones, but I am not sure if they will take the same beatings. The original ones were so much bulkier that we never used them.
  6. nhmaster

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    From experience I can tell you that if you put a big cheater bar on an 18" aluminum the handle snaps clean off with disasterous results. Steel bends.
  7. dlarrivee

    dlarrivee New Member

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    I'm sure it says not to use a cheater bar on the tool anyways.
  8. nhmaster

    nhmaster Master Plumber

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    Yep, reading dem directions can sure save you a broken tool and 6 stitches to boot :)
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