Pipe Grooving Tool incorporates auto tracking feature.

Press Release Summary:

With grooving capacity of 1¼ to 6 in. pipe, Model 975 offers auto tracking technology that keeps pipe engaged to groove rolls throughout grooving process. Combo groover provides accurate grooves on schedule 10 and 40 steel, stainless steel, aluminum and PVC pipe, and permanently fixed, depth-setting gauge allows for quick, repeatable setup. Weighing 26 lb, rugged design includes heavy-duty bearings and heat-treated top plate. Groover can also be mounted to RIDGID 300 power drive.

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RIDGID® 975 Combo Groover Offers Exclusive Auto Tracking Feature for Manual and Automatic Grooving

ELYRIA, OHIO - July 2008 - The new RIDGID® 975 combo roll groover is the first RIDGID groover designed to provide both in-place and machine grooving capabilities. With grooving capacity of 1-1/4 inch to 6-inch pipe, the Model 975 also offers auto tracking technology that makes grooving faster and easier. Whether grooving by machine or hand, this patented design keeps the pipe engaged to the groove rolls throughout the grooving process.

Like all RIDGID roll groovers, the Model 975 combo groover is designed to provide consistent, accurate grooves on schedule 10 and 40 steel pipe, as well as schedule 10 and 40 stainless steel, aluminum and PVC pipe. The Model 975 groover also includes an easy-to-use, permanently fixed, depth-setting gauge for quick, repeatable setup. Weighing 26 pounds, the rugged design of the combo groover includes heavy-duty bearings and a heat-treated top plate for extended life. An integrated cast-in handle and 55 percent higher gear reduction provide easier overhead grooving, and the convenient handle allows easy carrying of the unit to and from the jobsite.

The RIDGID 975 combo groover easily mounts to the RIDGID 300 power drive, and it includes a ratchet wrench with 1/2-inch drive for both machine and in-place grooving. For machine grooving, the Model 975 can also operate with any 15/16-inch hex wrench.

"The greatest benefit of the Model 975 is efficiency-one tool can now perform the job of two groovers," says Rick Barone, director of marketing, pipe tools, RIDGID, adding "And with our patented auto tracking technology, the RIDGID 975 combo groover keeps pipe automatically engaged on the groove rolls, which allows for much easier operation for both machine and in-place applications."

The Model 975 combo groover carries a lifetime warranty from RIDGID.

RIDGID®, a leading manufacturer of hand and power tools, markets its products in more than 130 countries. The company's broad offering of more than 300 types of tools serve the rental, plumbing, HVAC/R, utility, industrial, electrical, petroleum, institutional, commercial and hardware markets. RIDGID is part of Emerson Professional Tools(TM), a business of Emerson, which brings technology and engineering together to design and produce some of the highest-quality tools and equipment in the world. From wet/dry vacs to the industry's best-selling pipe diagnostic system, key brands include RIDGID®, KNAACK® and WEATHER GUARD®.

About Emerson
Emerson (NYSE: EMR), based in St. Louis, Missouri, is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions to customers through its network power, process management, industrial automation, climate technologies, and appliance and tools businesses. For more information, visit www.Emerson.com.

For additional information on the RIDGID 975 combo groover, please visit www.RIDGID.com, call toll free: 1-800-769-7743, or contact RIDGID, 400 Clark St., Elyria, Ohio 44035 U.S.A.

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