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  • #16
    I know right!
    yes it uses unique jaws, which I think they said cant be used for water fittings, I'm not sure about the tool/machine. I think it was 3/8" to 1 3/8", or at least I know it covers most of the applications we design.

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    • #17
      Add high pressure hydraulic lines to its capabilities and you would make some on site machinery mechanics very happy people!

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      • #18
        That's pretty cool - beats brazing the lines with oxy-acetylene. Now that refrigerants with very high pressures are possibly in the future such as R-744 (CO2) I wonder how these will stand up to those kinds of systems. Like any product it will probably undergo revisions to cope with such systems.

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        • #19
          Are Ridgid going to have jaws approved for this? Im trying to find the answer on the web, plus I have made a few calls and no-one seems to know so thought I would try on here.
          We will buy into the Sporlan system we would prefer not having to buy 8-10 more tools if we had to. Anyone know what stage the devlopment is at?

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          • #20
            Anyone on here attend the AHR expo and seen the Sporlan tool? I saw some new tools that were to be released at the AHR showcased in last month's edition of RSES journal but did not see any mention of the press tool.

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            • #21
              A fitting to hold water needs to hold a high pressure of 85psi, but refrigerant lines need to hold 350 for r22 and 600psi for 410a. If you have copper piping then use solderless compression fittings.

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              • #22
                Finally the Ridgid jaws are coming to market for Zoomlock! So excited to get our hands on these.

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                • #23
                  Sounds like it could be a real time saver. I would not be worried about the pressure but the temperature swings

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                  • #24
                    I got pricing on the Zoomlock last year and the press tool is similar in price to the pro-press tool. Of you already own a pro-press and only need new jaws that would be cost effective way to get into using the Zoomlock system.

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                    • #25
                      zoom lock jaws work with propress tools? interesting. I have propress works great. I wonder why ridgid /milwaukee don't make different jaws for other applications like cable cutters.. rebar cutter.. bolt cutter..... like one tool 20 different heads.

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                      • #26
                        zoomlock is pretty much crap. especially in residential. it doesnt work well on soft copper and cant handle any major vibration, let alone a shift in the pipe.
                        ~~

                        ... it was plumbed by Ray Charles and his helper Stevie Wonder

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by Plumber Punky View Post
                          zoomlock is pretty much crap. especially in residential. it doesnt work well on soft copper and cant handle any major vibration, let alone a shift in the pipe.
                          Did you buy into their system? What were the specific problems you've had?

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                          • #28
                            I didnt (I almost did!), but a few of the people I know did. Those are the problems they experienced. The OEM only basically said "oops! - dont use it in those areas then." It's fine for commercial/industrial, on hard pipe, where it is secured and wont be hit or damaged.

                            In residential, by far, the best method is brazing with a silver based braze. That's what the people I know had to go back and do.
                            ~~

                            ... it was plumbed by Ray Charles and his helper Stevie Wonder

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by Plumber Punky View Post
                              I didnt (I almost did!), but a few of the people I know did. Those are the problems they experienced. The OEM only basically said "oops! - dont use it in those areas then." It's fine for commercial/industrial, on hard pipe, where it is secured and wont be hit or damaged.

                              In residential, by far, the best method is brazing with a silver based braze. That's what the people I know had to go back and do.
                              Ah ok thanks for the info. It would be a pointless tool for me if it did not work on soft copper and subject to vibration. Seemed like a nice idea - no worry working with a flame in confined spaces - also no need for an N2 purge setup.

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                              • #30
                                those were the 2 major marketing points for the OEM. reality and now a few years of use has said differently.
                                ~~

                                ... it was plumbed by Ray Charles and his helper Stevie Wonder

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