Posted on: February 15th, 2017 in Al's Tech Talk

Pipe Threading Tips

When threading pipe with a Steel Dragon Tools die head, or any die head for that matter, it is important to remember that the scale on the top of the die head iSDT-815A_01s for reference only. The scale is used to get as close as possible to the correct threading size but it is up to the operator to test the die head, dies, and pipe.

 

Start by setting the die head to the desired threading capacity. Thread a sample piece of pipe and test the pipe with a cSDT-815A_07orresponding fitting. A properly threaded piece of pipe will make one and a half to two full turns within the fitting before meeting resistance. A pipe that does not make one and a half to two full turns has threads that were cut too shallow. Shallow threads will not allow the pipe and the fitting to seal properly. A pipe that turns more than two full rotations in the fitting has threads that were cut too deep. A pipe with threads that are too deep may bottom out in the fitting, preventing the pipe and fitting from being tightened.

 

Pipe threading is not an exact science, it will take a little finesse and patience to successfully thread pipe and it is a good idea to test the threaded pipe on a regular basis. It is also important to remember that in most cases a sealant will be used on the pipe and fitting to prevent leaks. Using a sealant will allow the operator a bit of leeway when threading pipe.

 

The pipes themselves can also cause problems during threading. Pipes may not be true to their stated measurements. For example, a 1-inch pipe may be slightly smaller at 15/16 inches in diameter or slightly larger at 1-1/16 inches in diameter. The pipe may also be metric. A 25-millimeter pipe is slightly smaller than a 1-inch pipe but can look identical to the naked eye. Pipe variance must also be considered. Defects in the pipe from the manufacturing process can result in the pipe not being uniform from one end to the other. A pipe might measure 1 in. at the end, bow out to 1-1/16 in. at the middle before returning to 1 in. at the other end. It is always a good idea to periodically test the threaded pipe with a fitting to ensure a tight seal.

 

More information on Steel Dragon Tools die heads and dies can be found by following the links or calling customer service at 877-263-2069

 

Steel Dragon Tools die heads and dies are available for purchase from Craig’s Affordable Tools or Toolz Unlimited.

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Posted on: February 8th, 2017 in News and Events

Best Practices to Ensure High-Quality Products

Steel Dragon Tools has built a reputation manufacturing quality tools and machines while pricing them to beat the competition. Setting forth and following best practices ensures that every product from Steel Dragon Tools meets or exceeds customer expectations and any applicable regulations. Steel Dragon Tools best practices include:

 

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  • All Steel Dragon Tools are CE Approved and government tested.
  • An on-staff master technician inspects all Steel Dragon Tools to ensure top-of-the-line performance.
  • Live, on-site customer service representatives provide valuable product knowledge. Customer service representatives are available to answer questions or offer technical
    assistance on Steel Dragon Tools. Customer service representatives can be reached Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. EST at 877-263-2069.
  • All products manufactured by Steel Dragon Tools are backed by a one year warranty against manufacturer defects.

 

 

For more information on Steel Dragon Tools contact customer service here or by phone at 877-263-2069.

 

Steel Dragon Tools are available for purchase from AffordableTool.com and ToolzUnlimited.com.

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Posted on: November 29th, 2016 in Product Spotlight

K-50 Sectional Drain Cleaner

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Steel Dragon Tools carries several different drain cleaning machines. The Steel Dragon Tools K-50 is the most popular model. The K-50 is a professional-grade sectional drain cleaning machine that is powerful enough to tackle almost any clog. Priced well below comparable machines, the Steel Dragon Tools K-50 is perfectly suited in the back of a plumber’s truck or in the tool arsenal of the ambitious DIYer.

 

The K-50 will clean 3/4-inch to 4-inch pipe including those connected to sinks, showers, or floor drains. Each K-50 comes with the necessary tools and accessories to start cleSDT-K50_05aning drains immediately. The package includes 130 ft. of all-purpose wind sectional C-8 cable with two A-10 cable carriers, as well as an A-17 adapter with bulb auger and 18 ft. of 5/16-inch cable.

An assortment of cutters and augers, including a spiral cutter, grease cutter, four-blade cutter, funnel auger, and straight auger, will power through tree roots, grease, household clogs, and more.

 

The Steel Dragon Tools K-50 is powered by a 1/6-horsepower motor and features a reverse function. The K-50 is compatible with industry-standard C-8 cables and related accessories.

 

To purchase the Steel Dragon Tools K-50 visit Craig’s Affordable Tools or Toolz Unlimited.

 

For more information on the Steel Dragon Tools K-50 call 877-263-2069 or e-mail customerservice@steeldragontools.com.

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Posted on: November 16th, 2016 in New Tools

710DN Pipe Inspection Camera

Being able to see into tight and dark spaces, like drains, sewers, ducts, and tanks, can make diagnosing and fixing a problem much easier and cost effective. The SteeSDT-710DN_01l Dragon Tools 710DN inspection camera can do just that and more. Equipped with a 130-foot cable, high-resolution camera, and a 7-inch LCD color monitor, the 710DN can be used for a variety of inspection purposes thanks to some special features.

 

Most inspection cameras can venture into a dark and damp pipe. The 710DN has a waterproof camera head enclosed in stainless steel. Sending the 710DN into a water suSDT-710DN_02pply pipe or down into a well will not be an issue.

 

The 710DN also features a motion detection mode. Once motion is detected, the camera will automatically start recording. This feature would come in handy for exterminators looking
for pests or plumbers trying to find the source of a leak.

 

The 710DN has a DVR with 8GB SD card for recording inspection and playback. The camera has a 120-degree viewing angle and the lens is protected by scratch-proof Sapphire Glass. The camera head also features 12 adjustable LED lights to light up the darkest pipes. The LEDs are dimmable, allowing the operator to adjust the light level to obtain the clearest possible picture. The camera head is waterproof and enclosed in a stainless-steel housing.

 

To purchase the Steel Dragon Tools 710DN visit Craig’s Affordable Tools or Toolz Unlimited.

 

For more information on the Steel Dragon Tools 710DN call 877-263-2069 or e-mail  customerservice@steeldragontools.com.

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Posted on: October 27th, 2016 in News and Events

Fixing an Old Pipe Threading Machine

Steel Dragon Tools has a large stock of replacement parts and accessories for many industry standard pipe threading machines. If your pipeRD-RF-1224-SDT_01 threading machine isn’t running like new, call the Steel Dragon Tools technicians at Craig’s Affordable Tools at 866-837-6524 to order replacement parts. If you don’t want to fix the machine, Steel Dragon Tools buys used pipe threading machines. Call Steel Dragon Tools at 877-263-2069 for a price list.

 

Steel Dragon Tools is an industry leader in repairing and refurbishing old pipe threading machines. All Steel Dragon Tools reconditioned pipe threaders are disassembled, degreased, painted, and reassembled to original manufacturer specifications. All reconditioned machines come with a one-year warranty against manufacturer defects. Most reconditioned pipe threading machines come with an assortment of accessories.

 

Packages are available with everything needed to start threading pipe straight out of the box. Buyers can choose between packages with original manufacturer accessories or accessories from Steel Dragon Tools.

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