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    Believe it or not, I'm lookin' to buy a 161. Why I would wanna thread pipe that big at my age is beyond me... Nevertheless,I sometimes need to do it.
    I can get a reconditioned 161 from a tool repair shop that I use, OR a new one from a new tool supplier in the city. The diffrince is about a thousand bucks between the recon and the newski. ($1200 for recon and $2342 for newski. Both come with new dies.
    Some questions I have are:
    1) Do you think a recon will be as good as a new one? I mean after all, Ridgid tools are made to last a lifetime, now ain't they?
    2) Is there a report of cost comparison between fittin' up welded pipe against screwed pipe? Where can I find this info if it exists?
    ---------------FfP

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    HI Frank,
    I believe you will find that a recon one is as good as a new one. I am in the UK and have been reconditioning RIDGID equipment now for 22 years and i have never in all those years had any complaints with my recons. Hope you manage to find one
    Regards
    Paul

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      FRANK, WHO IS GOING TO CARRY THIS AROUND FOR YOU. A 141 IS HEAVY ENOUGH. ARE YOU USING IT ON A 300, OR A VISE? I WOULD GO WITH THE RECONDITIONED UNIT. THE MONEY SAVED CAN BUY YOU A NEW 700 TO RUN IT WITH.
      THE COST DIFFERENCE IN MY OPINION WOULD BE LESS TO WELD THAN THREAD AND WRENCH. EVER TRY TO CATCH A 6'' THREAD ON A 21' SECTION 10' UP IN THE AIR.
      THATS MY POINT.

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