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    We're ramping up to do some heat exchanger production. Most things are copper or bronze. Most are between 1" and 1 1/2" fittings. The finished product must look nice and not be scratched up.

    We're going to get a Ridgid 122 copper cutting/prep machine and some hex pipe wrenches.

    What do you think of the model RT-175 flameless soldering gun?
    Is it good for production work?
    Is it very fast?

    We don't want to scar the bronze fittings when threading them. For those fittings that don't have hexes on them, what's a good way to tighten them?
    Usually strap wrenches slip, is there some that are better than others?
    Will a chain wrench gouge the fittings.

    Todd

  • #2
    Re: What tools to buy.

    Is this a joke?

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    • #3
      Re: What tools to buy.

      Please hire a plumbing contractor!!

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      • #4
        Re: What tools to buy.

        no scratches with sharkbite....
        The Other Rick

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        • #5
          Re: What tools to buy.

          Nope. No joke. I wondered the same thing at first. This is very preliminary research.

          A plumbing contractor? It's production work.

          Sharkbite is great, but we're dealing with "copy exact". That is, we have to make this look exactly like the stuff that's already been installed. Exactly.

          So, what do you know about the RT-175 flameless soldering gun?

          Todd

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          • #6
            Production work using RT-175?

            Can you use a Ridgid RT-175 flameless soldering gun for production work on 1" copper?

            Is gas going to be much better/worse?

            Todd

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            • #7
              Re: Production work using RT-175?

              i tried out a competitors electric soldering tongs.

              i was going to buy them for a 155 unit repipe.

              fortunatly i purchased 1, tried it out and decided against them.

              they are not all their cracked up to be. the carbon tongs remain red hot for some time and the carbons to wear.

              i wasn't impressed


              now if you want impressive and super fast production

              purchase a propress machine. nothing like 4 second joints in a 1/2''-4'' connection. no cleaning, flux, or torch. plus no leaks

              the new propress model #330 is the ticket

              i don't own this model yet

              but i do own 5 others 1-100 b, 3-320 e, 1-ct 400.

              rick.
              phoebe it is

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              • #8
                Re: What tools to buy.

                The 330 will get you into tighter spots---especially if you buy the swivel jaws----and hes right-no leaks

                if you are doing lots of joints--id buy the press---it will save u tons of time and material and leak detecting time and no wasted units due to bad fitting soldering

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                • #9
                  Re: What tools to buy.

                  If you want to solder a lot of joints for production, use oxy acetylene and captin hook tips.
                  Buy cheap, buy twice.

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                  • #10
                    Re: What tools to buy.

                    Todd , I'd like to help. Need more pork on the fork. You'll like my GO FAST

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                    • #11
                      Re: What tools to buy.

                      Oatey #95 does the same thing.
                      Buy cheap, buy twice.

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                      • #12
                        Re: What tools to buy.

                        Thanks for the input.

                        Todd

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