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    wannabe plumber billsnogo's Avatar
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    Default Aluminum pipe wrenchs

    Are they really worth it, or is just a luxury item? I am gathering my tools for my apprentice class and went to Harbor Freight. I am going there just because I am just starting and can upgrade as needed.

    Anyways, they had aluminum pipe wrenchs there, and the prices were not too bad, and was wondering if it is really worth buying aluminum over the cast iron ones? I already have the cast iron up to 24", but have not really had to tote them around much since I am still a DIY until a shop hires me as an apprentice. Also, are the aluminum ones strong? They say HD aluminum and have a 48" wrench, and I wonder if they are more likely to snap.

    thanks for taking the time to respond.
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    The only aluminum pipe wrenches that I think are worth a hoot are Ridged Brand.

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    Talking harbor freight

    all that place sells is--- JUNK----

    maybe you could get a hammer but that is abou tit....


    honestly

    you would be better off to go to a pawn shop

    and buy any RIGID tools that you can find..

    of go on **** and get some used stuff made by

    rigid first......

    look at what they got on ****

    http://cgi.****.com/3-Pc-Offset-Aluminum-Pipe-Wrench-Plumbing-Tool-Set_W0QQitemZ330029950551QQihZ014QQcategoryZ20772Q QrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
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    Thank you both, glad I asked here first.

    MasterMark, are those ones on evilbay a good quality, or should I be on the lookout for RIDGID only?

    thanks again!
    Last edited by billsnogo; 09-23-2006 at 03:11 PM.
    wannabe plumber, trying to get into an apprenticeship

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    Talking rigid is the best

    rigid is usually the absolute best


    most everything else really doenst "feel right"

    and most of them dont even grip right either....

    eventally you will just throw them away

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    Go with Ridgid, Craftsman or Reed. Ridgid makes Craftsman. I finally broke down and bought a 10, 12, 14 and 18. The 10 and 12 stay in my bucket, the 14 and 18 come off the van when needed.

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