Posted on: August 22nd, 2017 in Al's Tech Talk

Making Pipe Dies Last

SDT-477-Alloy_01Quality pipe threading dies should last a very long time if care is taken to keep them in good working order. Steel Dragon Tools manufacturers dies that are compatible with several brand-name die heads and pipe threading machines. Steel Dragon Tools dies are made from a composite alloy or high-speed steel and, under proper working conditions, should last a very long time.

 

To get the most out of a set of Steel Dragon Tools dies, here are some important tips to keep in mind when threading pipe. The following tips should be applied to powered and manual pipe threading machines.

 

  • Always use a high-quality pipe threading oil. High-quality pipe threading oil will reduce the friction between the dies and the pipe. The oil will also absorb heat during the threading process. Excess heat during the threading process can damage the dies and the pipe. Excess heat can cause metal chips to become welded to the dies. Metal chips in the die teeth will affect the consistency and shape of the threads.

 

  • Keep the dies clean. Clean dies make for clean threads. After threading pipe, use a stiff-bristle wire brush to clean any debris that may be stuck in the die teeth.

 

  • Install the dies properly into the die head. Dies that are not properly installed can result in damage to both the die teeth and the pipe. Double check to make sure the dies are properly installed before threading pipe.

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Following these steps will help ensure that the Steel Dragon Tools dies enjoy a long operating life and provide you with many perfectly threaded pipes.

 

To view Steel Dragon Tools dies, click here.

 

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

 

Learn more about the importance of pipe threading oil.

 

Learn more about installing dies into die heads.

 

Learn more about Steel Dragon Tools die heads.

 

Steel Dragon Tools products are available for purchase from Affordable Tool and Toolz Unlimited. Steel Dragon Tools products can also be purchased at major online retailers like Amazon, Sears, and Walmart.

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Posted on: August 9th, 2017 in Al's Tech Talk

Tips and Tricks for the 535

One of the common complaints from users of the Steel Dragon Tools Reconditioned RIDGID® 535 is that the chuck or the pipe wobbles, resulting in unusable threads.

 

If the machine is not threading properly, check the dies first. A good set of dies should last a very long time. Unless the die teeth are chipped or otherwise damaged, the dies should work without issue. Next, check the installation. Dies will fit into the die head only one way but should be installed securely and in the proper order. If the dies are installed properly, check the rear centering chuck. The rear centering chuck simply keeps the pipe centered in the machine. Do not over tighten the rear chuck. Only hand tighten the rear chuck, do not use tools.

 

The front chuck does most of the work when threading pipe. The front chuck should only be hand tightened. Do not use tools to tighten the front chucks.

 

To tighten front and rear chuck, spin chuck forcefully in a counter clockwise motion. The chuck will tighten around the pipe. Do this several times to ensure a snug fit. The sound the that the chuck makes will change as it tightens. Once the sound changes, the chuck is tight. A tightened chuck will give off a short, dull sound as the chuck has already tightened around the pipe.

 

Other Tips to Remember:

The guide marks on the die head are not exact. Always run a simple threading test before threading the actual work piece. Use a properly-sized fitting to test the threads. A properly threaded pipe will allow the fitting to turn one and a half to two turns before meeting any resistance. If the fitting continues to turn easily or does not turn at all, the die head settings will need to be adjusted.

 

Threads should only be cut to the width of the die head. Cutting threads too far down the pipe may result in unusable threads. Some dies are designed to cut tapered threads. Cutting beyond the width of the die head will result in straight threads instead of the desired tapered threads.

 

For more information about Steel Dragon Tools please call contact Customer Service at 877-263-2069 or by e-mail here.

 

RIDGID® marks are trademarks of RIDGID, Inc and are used only for product identification purposes.

 

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Posted on: August 2nd, 2017 in Product Spotlight

Steel Dragon Tools 819 Nipple Chuck

SDT-819_01The Steel Dragon Tools 819 is a nipple chuck adapter used to create pipe nipples on 1/2-inch to 2-inch pipe. The Steel Dragon Tools 819 can be used with both RIDGID® and Steel Dragon Tools pipe threading machines, including model numbers 300, both power drive and compact, as well as 535, 1882, and 1224.

 

The Steel Dragon Tools 819 package includes a nipple chuck wrench, adapter hanger for storage, standard insert and five adapters: 1/2 in., 3/4 in., 1 in., 1-1/4 in., and 1-1/2 in. The base itself serves as the 2-inch adapter.

 

To create a pipe nipple, install pipe into the threading machine and thread pipe as normal. Cut the pipe to the desired length. Install the Steel Dragon Tools 819 nipple adapter into the pipe threading machine and screw the threaded end of pipe into the adapter. Do not over-tighten the pipe into the nipple adapter. Hand tight will be sufficient. Once the pipe is secure in the adapter, thread it as normal.

 

It is important to make sure the initial thread is the correct dimensions. If the threads are over-sized or under-sized, the pipe may become lodged in the adapter. Removing a lodged pipe will require a pipe wrench and considerable force. Test the threads with a thread gauge or corresponding fitting to ensure the threads are dimensionally correct. A fitting should turn 1-1/2 to 2 turns on a properly threaded pipe.
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Insert the plug end of the nipple chuck wrench into the holes in the adapter to release the tension spring inside the adapter. Unscrew the pipe from the adapter while relieving the tension. A pipe wrench may be required to unscrew the pipe from the adapter. The pipe can become lodged in the adapter if the threads are not dimensionally correct. The pipe will tighten by itself in the adapter during the threading process.

 

For more information about Steel Dragon Tools please call contact Customer Service at 877-263-2069 or by e-mail here.

 

The full line of Steel Dragon Tools are available for purchase from Craig’s Affordable Tools or Toolz Unlimited.

 

RIDGID® marks are trademarks of RIDGID, Inc and are used only for product identification purposes.

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Posted on: July 13th, 2017 in Customer Service

Reconditioning Pipe Threaders – The Process Part 3

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Steel Dragon Tools has over a decade worth of experience refurbishing used pipe threading machines. Steel Dragon Tools will buy used RIDGID® pipe threading machines in almost any condition. These machines are processed, repaired, and sent back to the market good as new. Refurbished pipe threading machines from Steel Dragon Tools are guaranteed to work like new and cost far less than a brand-new pipe threading machine. This post is the second part of a three-part series. Click here for part one. Click here for part two.

 

The final part of the process is sending the finished machines out to the customer. After the used or broken pipe threading machines have been repaired and tested they are boxed and ready to ship. Refurbished pipe threading machines from Steel Dragon Tools are guaranteed to operate like new and are available for a fraction of the cost of a new machine. Reconditioned RIDGID® pipe threading machines by Steel Dragon Tools are available for purchase online from our distribution partners Craig’s Affordable Tool and Toolz Unlimited. Customers can also purchase these machines online from Amazon, eBay, and Sears.

 

Reconditioned RIDGID® pipe threading machines by Steel Dragon Tools are sold with a variety of accessories including reconditioned RIDGID® die heads and dies or Steel Dragon Tools die heads and dies. Steel Dragon Tools manufactures a full line of die heads and dies that are compatible with many of the industry-standard machines.

 

For more information about Steel Dragon Tools please call contact Customer Service at 877-263-2069 or by e-mail here.

 

RIDGID® marks are trademarks of RIDGID, Inc and are used only for product identification purposes.

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Posted on: June 22nd, 2017 in Customer Service

Reconditioning Pipe Threaders – The Process Part 2

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Steel Dragon Tools has over a decade worth of experience refurbishing used pipe threading machines. Steel Dragon Tools will buy used RIDGID pipe threading machines in almost any condition. These machines are processed, repaired, and sent back to the market good as new. Refurbished pipe threading machines from Steel Dragon Tools are guaranteed to work like new and cost far less than a brand-new pipe threading machine.

 

This post is the second part of a three-part series. Click here for part one.
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The second part of the process starts with a thorough cleaning. All parts of the machine are degreased and then inspected to check for integrity. The parts are then sent to be sandblasted. Sand blasting removes old paint and rust in preparation for paint. After sand blasting, the pieces are sent to the paint room. All parts are repainted to match the original machine using a durable, high-quality, rust-resistant enamel.
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Once the paint has dried, the machine is ready to be reassembled. New parts, including motor field, brushes, and armatures, as well as gears, bearings, and power cord are installed in the machine.

 

After the machine has been reassembled it is tested by a technician to ensure the machine will operate in like-new condition. Once the testing has been completed, the machine is boxed and ready to ship.

 

Steel Dragon Tools offers different packages with all the refurbished pipe threading machines. These packages include extra dies or die heads, high-quality pipe threading oil, pipe stands, and other accessories. Steel Dragon Tools also offers packages with new die heads and dies manufactured by Steel Dragon Tools.

 

For more information about Steel Dragon Tools please call contact Customer Service at 877-263-2069 or by e-mail here.

 

RIDGID® marks are trademarks of RIDGID, Inc and are used only for product identification purposes.

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Posted on: June 14th, 2017 in Customer Service

Reconditioning Pipe Threaders – The Process Part 1

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The process starts when Steel Dragon Tools buys a used pipe threading machine. Steel Dragon Tools will buy a variety of models as well as the accessories. For more information on selling a used pipe threading machine, please click here.

 

Steel Dragon Tools actively seeks out used or broken machines for repair. Shop manager David Krell searches Craigslist, eBay, and other internet forums and classifieds to find these used machines. Steel Dragon Tools can arrange for shipping. After working out a deal with the seller, these machines are brought into the shop to be refurbished.

The used machines are brought into the shop and disassembled. All pieces are examined to determine condition. Parts in poor condition will be replaced to ensure safety and effective operation. All wear items, including motor field, brushes, and armatures, as well as gears, bearings, and power cord will be inspected and replaced as needed.

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Steel Dragon Tools also offers repair service for many of the most popular pipe threading machines on the market. Along with repair shop, Steel Dragon Tools also manufactures a wide variety of industrial tools including a full line of pipe threading machines die heads, dies, and replacement parts that will fit many of the industry-standard machines. Steel Dragon Tools also manufactures cable wire hoists, core drill rigs, drain cleaning machines, lifting magnets, annular cutters, and pipe inspection cameras. To view a full list of Steel Dragon Tools products, please click here.

 

For more information about Steel Dragon Tools please call contact Customer Service at 877-263-2069 or by e-mail here.

 

 

Steel Dragon Tools is not an authorized distributor of RIDGID® and/or Ridge products. RIDGID® Marks are trademarks of RIDGID, Inc and are used for product identification purposes only.

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Posted on: June 6th, 2017 in Customer Service

Selling To Steel Dragon Tools

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Hello! My name is David Krell. I am the shop manager at Steel Dragon Tools. If you are reading this page you probably found it yourself or was directed here by me. I am here to put your mind at ease about selling your used equipment over the internet.

 

Steel Dragon Tools buys used RIDGID® pipe threading equipment. Most of the used equipment we buy is found online. Anyone who has sold anything online, especially with Craig’s List, has probably encountered their fair share of scammers. I am here to assure you that Steel Dragon Tools is a legitimate business. Steel Dragon Tools has been buying and refurbishing RIDGID® pipe threading machines and accessories for over 10 years. Steel Dragon Tools located in Erie, MI — just north of Toledo, OH.

 

Before I tell you about how the process works let me tell you a little about myself. I grew up in the Toledo area and attended the University of Toledo where I received degrees in entrepreneurship and management. When I’m not at work looking for more machines to refurbish, I can be found by the water either working on my boat or helping others on theirs. I enjoy boating along the shores of Lake Erie to Vineyard Lake in the Irish Hills.

 

Now that you know a little about me (and I have hopefully gained a bit of your trust) let me explain the process:

 

Payment

We will pay for your used pipe threader in one of three ways; Paypal, credit card (business to business transaction), or company check. Funds can be sent almost immediately with Paypal or credit card transaction. To issue a company check, the machine or accessories will need to be sent to our warehouse before a check can be cut.

 

Shipping

There are several options for shipping depending on the size and location of the product.

 

Freight Shipping

Pipe threading machines are heavy and sometimes need to be shipped as freight. Please secure the machine to a pallet and cover it with cardboard and shrink wrap. The card board and shrink wrap will protect the machine. Also, some shipping companies are picky about shipping machinery.

 

Once the machine is ready to ship I will create a bill of landing, shipping label, send them to you, and then schedule the pickup.  I will then send the money to your Paypal account with an e-mail confirmation. Payment will be in your account prior to the machine being picked up.

 

Small Items

We make shipping smaller items easy! I will locate a UPS Store near you to set up shipping. I will let you know where the store is located. Steel Dragon Tools will pay for UPS to box the item and will provide a shipping label. When the item is ready for drop off I will send payment to your Paypal account. Take the machine to the designated UPS location for shipment. Payment will be in your account prior to shipping.

 

If you would like to save us a little money on shipping, please feel free to box the item yourself. Send us the dimensions and weight of the package and I will send a shipping label that can be printed and attached to the box. When the item is ready for drop off I will send the payment to your Paypal account. Take the box to any UPS pick up location. Payment will be in your account prior to shipping.

 

If you live nearby, please feel free to bring the machine directly to us. We will write you a check on the spot.

 

Thank You!

Thank you for taking the time learn a little more about us. We hope this information has put your mind at ease and made you feel comfortable with this transaction. I look forward to working with you in the future.

 

Contact David

For more information on selling a used pipe threader or accessories, please contact David directly at 877-263-2069 or e-mail here.

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Posted on: May 26th, 2017 in News and Events

Sell Your Used Pipe Threading Tools

Steel Dragon Tools will buy used and broken pipe threading machines and accessories. Steel Dragon Tools has ten years of experience refurbishing pipe threading machines and is always looking for items to refurbish.

 

Steel Dragon Tools will buy the following machines:

 

MANUFACTURER MODEL PRICE
RIDGID® 300 Power Drive $450-$500
RIDGID® 300 Power Drive with Stand $550-$600
RIDGID® 300 Power Drive with Stand, Carriage, Die Head, Cutter, Reamer $650-$775
RIDGID® 811A and 815A Universal Die Heads $100
RIDGID® 811 and 815 Universal Die Heads (older models) $75
RIDGID® 141 with dies in good condition $400
RIDGID® 161 with dies in good condition $300
RIDGID® 1224 Pipe Threader $3,000-$3,500
RIDGID® 535 Pipe Threader (Old Style) with die head $650
RIDGID® 535 Pipe Threader (New Style) with die head $1,000
RIDGID® 535M Pipe Threader $2,000
RIDGID® 1822 Pipe Threader $800
RIDGID® 300C Pipe Threader $900
RIDGID® 700 Power Drive $400-$500
RIDGID® 12R Die Heads $15-$20 each
RIDGID® 42620 Model 774 Square Drive Adapter $45
RIDGID® 42405 844 Drive Bar for 141/161 geared pipe threaders $50
RIDGID® 19366 758 Loop for 141/161 geared pipe threaders $15
RIDGID® 40A TRISTAND® $75
RIDGID® 450 TRISTAND® $75-$90
RIDGID® 460 TRISTAND® $90-$125

 

All prices will vary depending on machine condition and current inventory.

 

Reduced prices will be offered for machines with cracked or missing feet, missing front chuck, etc.

 

Please send photos and contact information to: purchasing@steeldragontools.com or call 877-263-2069.

 

RIDGID® marks are trademarks of RIDGID, Inc and are used only for product identification purposes.

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Posted on: May 19th, 2017 in Customer Service

The Art of Active Listening

 

By Samantha Benson, Customer Service Manager at Steel Dragon Tools

 

Active Listening

The customer service representative at Steel Dragon Tools have all been trained to be active listeners. Active listening is a way of communicating with another person to improve mutual understanding. Sometimes, when two people are talking to each other, one or both may not be actively listening, they may be distracted or simply waiting for the other person to finish so they can speak.

 

Below are some active listening techniques that we use to help our customer service representative become better communicators. These techniques work well in the realm of customer service but can be applied in any situation to help us understand each other better and improve our daily relationships.

 

Active Listening in Every Situation

 

Do:

  • Paraphrase the speaker’s words.
  • Be mentally prepared to listen.
  • Evaluate the speech, not the speaker.
  • Be unbiased toward the speaker by depersonalizing and stepping away from emotional response.
  • Fight distractions by tuning out external sounds.
  • Ask questions to clarify and corroborate thoughts.

 

Don’t:

  • Show boredom.
  • Get distracted by outside stimuli.
  • Prepare your response or mentally argue while the speaker is talking.
  • Interrupt the speaker.
  • Reflex on the rightness or wrongness of what is being said.

 

This is the second part of the article Communicating for Success. To view the first part of the article, click here.

Steel Dragon Tools customer service can be contacted by e-mail or by phone at 877-263-2069

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Posted on: May 11th, 2017 in Product Spotlight

Dies from Steel Dragon Tools

Steel Dragon Tools manufactures high speed steel and alloy dies to meet or exceed industry specifications. These dies are compatible with Steel Dragon Tools pipe threading machines and can be used in compatible dies heads with other machine brands.

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Dies are an essential part of the pipe threading process. Sharp, well-made dies will ensure consistent, useable threads. Dies with dull or chipped teeth will result in poorly threaded pipe that will not seal properly. Replacing dies as they wear or chip is a necessity but it doesn’t have to break the bank.

 

Steel Dragon Tools dies are compatible with the specified Steel Dragon Tools pipe threaders and will fit certain other brands. Steel Dragon Tools dies will match the quality of comparable dies but for a fraction of the price. Steel Dragon Tools can offer dies for far less since there is no middle man. Steel Dragon Tools manufacturers the dies and then sells them directly to the customer. Buy an extra set of dies and never worry about chipping a tooth while on the job site.

 

Steel Dragon Tools manufactures dies for powered and manual pipe threading machines. Many of these dies can be used in compatible die heads from Wheeler Rex® and RIDGID® machines.

 

For more information on the Steel Dragon Tools dies, click here. For more information on Steel Dragon Tools pipe threading machines, click here.

 

For more information about Steel Dragon Tools please call contact Customer Service at 877-263-2069 or by e-mail here.

 

The full line of Steel Dragon Tools are available for purchase from Craig’s Affordable Tools or Toolz Unlimited.

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