New Press-In Branch Connector Tool Kit from RIDGID Eliminates the Need to Weld for 3/4-Inch Branches

Press Release Summary:

RIDGID's new press-in branch connector tool kit features gauges or ¾-inch pipe for applications including hilled water, compressed air, industrial gas and low-pressure steam systems. Other features include an expander that fits tools such as the RIDGID RP 340, RP 330, RP 320 and CT-400. 

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RIDGID® Press-In Branch Connector Tool Kit for 3/4-Inch Branches Eliminates the Need to Weld

ELYRIA, OHIO – January 14, 2019 – Quickly make ¾-inch branch connections on black steel pipe with the new RIDGID® Press-In Branch Connector Tool Kit being introduced at AHR Expo today. Significantly faster when compared to traditional welding, it is ideal for adding gauges or ¾-inch pipe in chilled water, compressed air, industrial gas and low-pressure steam system applications. 

Plumbers, pipe fabricators and maintenance professionals working on 1½-inch to 6-inch black steel pipe will not only save time but also eliminate fire risk and avoid the additional expense of a fire safety watch. 

The Connector Tool Kit includes an expander that fits all RIDGID standard press tools, including the RP 340, RP 330, RP 320 and CT-400, and works with Viega Press-In Branch Adapter Fittings. The kit also contains fitting positioning guides, an arbor shaft assembly, drill guide, and vacuum adapters. 

The hole saw arbor attaches to standard drills, includes an M27 hole saw, and is designed to prevent the saw from penetrating both sides of the pipe; while the vacuum adapters allow for connection to standard size vacuum hoses to help reduce steel chips falling into the pipe while making the branch. Both the positioning and drill guides ensure proper placement against the pipe.

“The RIDGID Press-In Branch Connector Tool Kit takes our standard press tools up a notch. This accessory kit not only reduces complexity, but more importantly, it speeds up the process when creating branches,” said Rob Trefz, RIDGID Director of Business Development and Marketing. “Particularly in industrial gas settings, when you can eliminate flames and a fire watch, it provides significant project cost savings.” 

The Connector Tool Kit comes with the RIDGID Full Lifetime Warranty. To purchase or learn more about the Connector Tool Kit or other press tool products, stop by booth #B2219 at AHR Expo, contact your local distributor, visit, or call toll-free: 1-800-769-7743.

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