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  • Ridgid 246 Frozen

    I purchased a secondhand Ridgid 246 pipe cutter online for $75, described as "excellent condition".

    But after PB-blasting & hammering the hell out of its "dialing" mechanism (to loosen/tighten the chain), it won't budge at all. Clearly it hasn't been used in years because it's completely stuck.

    Is there anything that can be done to this to save it from being a useless 25 pound pile of metal? Would it be a good idea to take it apart and lubricate it, or is that even possible?

    Thanks for any info on this.

  • #2
    Re: Ridgid 246 Frozen

    To loosen it up make a home brew mixture of 50/50 acetone and automatic transmission fluid. Soak for 24 hours. Nothing works better.

    If that doesn't work time to disassemble

    Pressing Technology - RIDGID Professional Tools

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    • #3
      Re: Ridgid 246 Frozen

      Originally posted by plumberscrack View Post
      To loosen it up make a home brew mixture of 50/50 acetone and automatic transmission fluid. Soak for 24 hours. Nothing works better.

      If that doesn't work time to disassemble

      Pressing Technology - RIDGID Professional Tools
      bill, funny you posted the secret sauce. i was going to actually start a thread with different oils and rust dissolver's. it was emailed to me last week.

      i too was amazed at the torque values with different oils.

      it's possible the prior user ratcheted it down to the point of jamming. a pipe wrench will probably loosen the over tightened adjusting knob.

      rick.
      phoebe it is

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      • #4
        Re: Ridgid 246 Frozen

        I've read that 50/50 acetone/diesel works quite well

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        • #5
          Re: Ridgid 246 Frozen

          I vote for ratcheted down. Have found the "pull" on top before showing opposite of what you think. Think your tightening, your loosening and vice versa.

          Hold the pull up and rock the round hand tightener/loosener with a small wrench. Not too hard.

          No luck you can pull the snap ring and washer off the side at the bottom. Then the handle should slide off the gear or you can at least see inside for any problem.

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          • #6
            Re: Ridgid 246 Frozen

            you could donate ...err ship... it to me for inspection. i'll pay for shipping
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            ... it was plumbed by Ray Charles and his helper Stevie Wonder

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            • #7
              Re: Ridgid 246 Frozen

              Never done this myself. Why not grind off a pin then drive it out with a drift pin ?
              I can build anything You want , if you draw a picture of it , on the back of a big enough check .

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              • #8
                Re: Ridgid 246 Frozen

                do not know if this thread will help or not, https://www.ridgidforum.com/forum/t29162/
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                • #9
                  Re: Ridgid 246 Frozen

                  Originally posted by BHD View Post
                  do not know if this thread will help or not, https://www.ridgidforum.com/forum/t29162/
                  here is the actual quote.

                  rick.

                  ToolMan Junior Member

                  Occupation Service ManagerLocation Elyria, Oh. USAJoin Date Jul 2000Posts 17
                  Re: how do you unfreeze a 246 soil pipe cutter?
                  Put the soil pipe cutter's lower portion in a vise. The portion where the Hook assembly and the Chain assembley are attached to the tool. The Ratchet handle housing should be at the top. Put the directional arrow pointing toward the words OPEN on the Housing. Now, push the Handle in the direction the arrow is pointing. This may take a lot of force which may require a cheater over the handle.

                  If this fails, please feel free to send back to the RIDGID Factory Service Center. The address is:
                  RIDGID Factory Service Center
                  321 Sumner Street
                  Elyria, OH 44035

                  Thank you,
                  RIDGID Factory Service Center

                  phoebe it is

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                  • #10
                    Re: Ridgid 246 Frozen

                    This thread shows 10 posts, but I only see 9? (It will now show 11 with my post)

                    Curious.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Ridgid 246 Frozen

                      Originally posted by BobsPlumbing View Post
                      This thread shows 10 posts, but I only see 9? (It will now show 11 with my post)

                      Curious.
                      Strange, this post of mine will be number 11 as I look at this thread, and yours which you say will be number 11 is displaying to me as number 10.

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