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    I have a full range of Ridgid pipe wrenches (6-48)that belonged to my Grandpa and Dad. As we are farmers they have been used alot and abused some. The teeth on the jaws are getting flat and don't grip like they used to. I am assuming refiling them is possible, but what is the correct method. Thanks for any advice.

  • #2
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    Get new jaws, I believe Ridgid will give you new ones.

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    • #3
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      Originally posted by Bogart View Post
      Get new jaws, I believe Ridgid will give you new ones.
      not really, it's a wear and tear item.

      ebay usually has them for a good price.

      i would try a dremel tool with a high speed reinforced cut off wheel to touch up the original angle of the teeth. try it on a smaller wrench before you move up to a big one.

      rick.
      phoebe it is

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      • #4
        Re: Pipe Wrench

        Pipe Wrench Parts List - http://www.ridgid.com/CatalogDocs/pipe_wr.pdf

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        • #5
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          If you get a thin grinding wheel like is used on a commercial chain saw grinder,
          and the dress the wheel to the angel of the jaw teeth, one can sharpen them up very nice and professionally,

          http://www.right-tool.com/grindingwheels.html
          you will need an arbor adaptor for a regularly bench grinder, as there arbor is 7/8".

          YOU WILL NEED TO DRESS THE WHEEL TO THE CORRECT ANGLE other wise you will dull the teeth, instead of sharpen them.

          (you can dress or shape the wheel with a old grinding stone). jsut use light pressure.

          and use light pressure when grinding the teeth,
          Last edited by BHD; 08-26-2007, 09:58 AM.
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          • #6
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            Originally posted by BHD View Post
            If you get a thin grinding wheel like is used on a commercial chain saw grinder,
            and the dress the wheel to the angel of the jaw teeth, one can sharpen them up very nice and professionally,

            http://www.right-tool.com/grindingwheels.html
            you will need an arbor adaptor for a regularly bench grinder, as there arbor is 7/8".

            YOU WILL NEED TO DRESS THE WHEEL TO THE CORRECT ANGLE other wise you will dull the teeth, instead of sharpen them.

            (you can dress or shape the wheel with a old grinding stone). jsut use light pressure.

            and use light pressure when grinding the teeth,
            For Christ's sake buy some new jaws.
            the dog

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            • #7
              Re: Pipe Wrench

              MR Dog,

              I have a full range of Ridgid pipe wrenches (6-48)that belonged to my Grandpa and Dad. As we are farmers they have been used a lot and abused some. The teeth on the jaws are getting flat and don't grip like they used to. I am assuming refiling them is possible, but what is the correct method. Thanks for any advice.
              DOG the question was on how to redress the teeth not replace them,

              and DOG a farmer has about three dozen areas to put money, no jsut one area such as into a single trade such as plumbing,

              a farmer is a mechanic, a plumber, a carpenter, a welder, heavy equipment operator, an agronomist, a veterinarian, range (grass) specialist, a grain storage specialist, and so on,
              most have earned less than min wage and yet has to handle hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in expenses, and to make ends meet they repair things not replace, items,

              And unlike you who set the price you work for they are told on how much they will get out of a bushel of grain or animal and that price changes ever day. and in grains there has not been any real increases in price in 30+years, (since NIXON devalued the dollar), and yet they still provide grain, meat, and fiber for the people of this country and the world.
              http://www.chartsrus.com/#COMMODITIES
              wheat: http://www.chartsrus.com/chart1.php?...p?ticker=FUTKW
              corn: http://www.chartsrus.com/chart1.php?...hp?ticker=FUTC
              cotton: http://www.chartsrus.com/chart1.php?...p?ticker=FUTCT
              http://www.chartsrus.com/chart1.php?...hp?ticker=FUTS

              the price of equipment since early 1970's has gone up ten fold, the price of fuel has gone up ten fold, the price of tools, the price of fertilizer, the price of seed, the price of nearly everything but the price of grain, and yet they do on early 1970's income.

              so because you jsut want to replace your jaws on your wrenches may be others don't.
              And you can jsut pass the cost on to your customer, he can't pass the cost on.

              ~~~~~~~~~~
              and he asked how to dress the teeth on the jaws not how to replace them,
              and since I have dressed the teeth on pipe wrenches in the past, in my machine shop, (note: I also farm), I thought I would pass the information on.

              IF he screws them up then he can replace them. if not for about 30 seconds of work he can have a good biting wrench again,

              Then he can tighten his disk gangs again and pull his wells, and fix the other items he needs to fix, with the tools he has, and if the moment comes by he can even tighten or loosen some pipes, with them.
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              • #8
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                BHD,

                I understand what the farmer has to deal with on an annual basis.I spent a year on 1200 acres in Illinois.I was fortunate enough at the silly age of fourteen years to learn,how to arc-weld,operate the top of the line John Deere combine,drive a stick shift P/U,shoot pheasant,coyote,fox,deer,rabbit,plant miles of corn,soybean and sorgum,move circular irrigation systems and pumps from wellhead to well head in the middle of a midwest summer in nine foot corn.So I can see your frustration at how we appear so into ourselves

                The construction trade molds a person into a unique individual.Especially the position Dog holds.You see,he is at the top of the child care chain.You get tired of changing grown mens diapers and tying their shoes for them all day long

                So when the construction worker gets realeased from the (BABOON COMPOUND that normal peer into through the fence) out into general population we have a very individual way of expressing ourselves.Some are better at presenting a sociological pose than others.Some of us do not care all that much to change our mask when we are dealing with non-construction people.

                Words do not hurt in the compound.The construction workers have a special way of being very course but respectful of others in an unseen way by those same unseen others.

                BHD,I wonder if you know how much some(most) of us respect who you are on this forum

                Some of us tease,others pinch to see if the resipiant fight or flights.

                Dog makes me smile,and actually laugh quite hard sometimes when a poser gets exposed.

                So he is one who is get to play bad cop,I like it,looks like Dog likes it.Some people think it's rude and obnoxius.I would not have it no other way on our what I consider our perfect GROWING forum.

                I would hope people could see the full spectrum of this forum and take what rewards them and not worry too much about the special intricacies about our unique morphisism(I hope this is a word cause I think it sounds cool)

                This is more or less entertainment here on some issues.Also a place to gather a plethura of priceless knowledge.I do not let my television(or my golf game) get me too riled,so I really don't let some electronic device screw up my head.Now if a forum member were to take a shot at me face to face,well that's an entirely different scenario.

                You guys and gals done with this post yet,MEEE TOO

                With a Light Heart
                ....ADAM.....

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                • #9
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                  I think Rick would be lost with-out his dremel tool I`m to lazy to dremel every thing
                  http://www.all-clear-sewer.com/

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                  • #10
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                    I'm going to use my dremel for portioning game birds...Worth a good laugh at christmas dinner with the in laws
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                    • #11
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                      While filing the teeth by hand isn't a bad idea, I would not want to grind any of the jaws on my pipe wrenches or other tools. The heat from grinding them will de-temper the steel and you'll have fast wearing soft jaw teeth. Now if you wanted to grind them nice and flat so as to make yourself a 1/2 @$$ Spud Wrench then grind away. "The Dog" was thinking of a quick and easy way to restore pipe wrenches and for no where near the cost of buying brand new ones, especially the larger sizes. This is one time where I'm backing "The Dog" and doing some of my own howling. Price the replacement jaws and a few pin punches which I would hope any farmer would have as he/she really needs them for equipment repairs. It's not near as high as buying new pipe wrenches.

                      I would look long and hard at the teeth of a brand new pipe wrench (Buy a smaller size new one) and use that to guide with the hand filing of the teeth on the larger wrench jaws. By the way, for most users they do not have to be perfect.
                      Last edited by Woussko; 08-27-2007, 05:36 PM.

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                      • #12
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                        I use to chase my jaws with a hand file all of the time. It is amazing what a few minutes with a file can do.

                        Mark
                        "Somewhere a Village is Missing Twelve Idiots!" - Casey Anthony

                        I never lost a cent on the jobs I didn't get!

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                        • #13
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                          when you tool sharpen with a power grinder you use a light touch and move it reasonable rapidly as to not HEAT up any thing,

                          jsut like in sharpening a drill bit, you keep it moving and only remove a very small amount with each pass, and keeping it cool in the process,

                          when sharpening chain saws you adding wax to the wheel will help as it will melt and keep the cutting edge cool, there are special waxes jsut for this purpose, if wanted.

                          The size and weight of the jaws of a pipe wrench would take some work to over heat, If you have any concept of tool sharpening in the first place, especially if your jsut cleaning it up,
                          the IDEA is the same as if you were hand filing jsut removing a little at a time, but if you have the wheel and have the wheel dressed at the correct bevel, one quick pass in the valley will clean up the face of one tooth and the back of adjacent one, it will do both edges in one pass, then move on to the next tooth, less than a second on each tooth,

                          I always felt the jaws were a little hard for effective hand filing, but others says it works well, take a triangle hand saw file and try it, it would be the safer of the two methods.

                          I have a chain saw grinder and have the wheels and that is what I used and thought it worked well.

                          (and what I said is, Not that a farmer can't afford to replace the jaws of a pipe wrench, but I would guess if he can clean them up easily he would prefer to do that than buy some thing as there is more than enough places for the money to go).
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                          attributed to Samuel Johnson
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                          • #14
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                            When I chase the jaws with a file it is just as much about cleaning the pipe dope and dirt out as anything else. When the jaws get to worn (many many years of use) I generally replace the jaws. However, I agree if I had more time than money I would likely learn to sharpen them on a grinder.

                            Mark
                            "Somewhere a Village is Missing Twelve Idiots!" - Casey Anthony

                            I never lost a cent on the jobs I didn't get!

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                            • #15
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                              I bet a very fine water mist would help keep them cooler too. Actually I have made use of compressed air for cooling. It does work. My thinking about the pipe wrench jaws was that like ToUtahNow I can touch them up with a hand file in short order. Same with other tools. BHD does have a good point about taking it easy when grinding anything. It can be done and done well, but then should anyone have to go grinding the jaws on a tool? Why not just file them with a few light strokes long before they ever get to that point?

                              I hope this ends this thread and all the howling in here. It's not worth any fights.

                              Mark, Good point about cleaning them. A little stiff wire brush (hand type) has worked well for me there.
                              Last edited by Woussko; 08-27-2007, 07:55 PM.

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