How to Choose the Right Pipe Threader for Your Project

Maybe you are new to the plumbing trade and want to buy a pipe threader or replace old equipment, there are a few things to consider.

The pipe threader allows you to cut threads at the end of any pipe, both on male and female attachment.

When buying a pipe threader for your project, always go for the right quality one that can do a perfect job and also stand the test of time.

For a quality threader that can do perfect work and also last very long, the RIDGID pipe threader has always been our number one.

Top 4 pipe threader from Ridgid.

Ridgid 36475 6 Ratchet Threader Set

RIDGID 36345 00-R Exposed Ratchet Threader Set

RIDGID 44918 Model 600-I Hand-Held Power Drive Kit

RIDGID 84097 Model 535 Pipe Threading Machine

Ridgid has different threaders ranging from hand-cranked ones for threading small pipes, to industrial-grade machines for bigger pipes of about 6 inches or more.

Their products are cost-effective and are designed with the interest of customers at heart.

Things to consider before buying a new threader

When going for a new product, always consider its suitability. Pipe threaders come in different sizes, and each size is suitable for different projects.

Make your choice according to your project. If you have a small project like a hot-water tank or gas furnace replacements that require few threads, and you don’t care how efficient the threads are, go for a manual ratcheting threader with a capacity of 2 inches option.

If you are working on higher projects such as plant maintenance, or large remodeling service where efficiency is important, a hand-held power drive with manual die heads will be OK.

For projects that require many thread connections such as fabrication shops, processing plants, and other big industrial projects, go for a threading machine.

Durability: Once you have seen the one that is suitable for your job, the next thing to consider is durability.

It is important to choose a well-constructed and durable tool that can last for many years. It is also important to choose tools from a reputable company with a quality service program.

Finally, make sure you select a tool whose parts are always available.

Reasons we recommend threaders from Ridgid

Built to stand the test of time: Ever since 1923 when RIDGID came into existence, they have been at their best in producing standard equipment.

They build their products for strength, effectiveness, and legacy, resulting in high-performance tools that can stand for generations.

Superior quality die heads.

RIDGIDs come with premium-grade ductile iron die heads for maximum strength and durability.

Lifetime warranty

Though RIDGID tools were built to last, they still come with a lifetime warranty. RIDGID stands behind their tools should there be any defect in workmanship or materials, they will replace or repair the tool for free.

Available in various sizes

RIDGIDs come in different sizes of threaders, ranging from manual ratcheting threaders for minor projects to threading machines for industrial work. Your choice will depend on your work.

Can thread on pipes and conduits

These tools have individual die heads and manually operated ratchets to thread pipes or conduits of different sizes.

Lightweight but strong carrying case

The lightweight and impact-resistant casing of the manual ratchet threader keeps the kit organized and allows for easy transport.

The most complete Pipe Threading Kit

Each RIDGID threader kit comes with a die head, ratchet handle, ratchet assembly, and alloy die to help thread pipe or conduit easily.

Types of pipe threading equipment from RIDGID

There are three types of threading tools and each offers different features and benefits. They include:

Manual Ratcheting Threaders

This is the cheapest and least efficient tool but ideal for jobs that require few threads.

It is lightweight and can handle up to 2 inches of pipe. It comes with individual die heads for each size of pipe and a manually operated ratchet to thread on both pipes and conduit.

Unlike other threaders, manual ratcheting requires you to equip it with accessories such as pipe cutter, drop head, threading oil, reamer, vise, oiler, and bucket.

It also requires more workforce as the size of the thread increases.

Hand-Held Power Drives

This is a good threader for plant maintenance and low-volume application services.

It uses a drop head die just like the manual ratcheting threaders, however; it is faster and requires less effort since it is the power drive that turns the die head around the pipe.

Hand-held power drivers are less portable when compared with manual threaders but can also thread pipes and conduits.

Some tools and accessories required to use the hand-held power drive include: Drophead or die head, pipe cutter, reaction arm, reamer, vise, threading oil, oiler, and bucket.

Threading machine

This is the most advanced and expensive pipe threader in the market. Designed to withstand the toughest job condition, this power tool is durable and can produce reliable and consistent results for many years.

The only drawback is that the machine is immovable, unlike the other ones. They are usually mounted in a place and the pipe is taken to it.

RIDGID threading machines require the least workforce and are the best for high-volume applications

That’s it, I hope the article helps? let me know in the comments section.

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