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 734-224-7112 or by e-mail here.

 

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

We are 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: March 30th, 2017 in News and Events

Steel Dragon Tools Buys Used Equipment

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
RIDGID® 300 Power Drive
RIDGID® 300 Power Drive with Stand
RIDGID® 300 Power Drive with Stand, Carriage, Die Head, Cutter, Reamer
RIDGID® 811A and 815A Universal Die Heads
RIDGID® 811 and 815 Universal Die Heads (older models)
RIDGID® 141 with dies in good condition
RIDGID® 161 with dies in good condition
RIDGID® 1224 Pipe Threader
RIDGID® 535 Pipe Threader (Old Style) with die head
RIDGID® 535 Pipe Threader (New Style) with die head
RIDGID® 535M Pipe Threader
RIDGID® 1822 Pipe Threader
RIDGID® 300C Pipe Threader
RIDGID® 700 Power Drive
RIDGID® 12R Die Heads
RIDGID® 42620 Model 774 Square Drive Adapter
RIDGID® 42405 844 Drive Bar for 141/161 geared pipe threaders
RIDGID® 19366 758 Loop for 141/161 geared pipe threaders
RIDGID® 40A TRISTAND®
RIDGID® 460 TRISTAND®

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 734-224-7112.

 

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

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Posted on: March 28th, 2017 in News and Events

Steel Dragon Tools Repair Service

Steel Dragon Tools is now offering repair services for used or broken pipe threading machines. Steel Dragon Tools will inspect, repair, and refurbish pipe threading machines manufactured by RIDGID®, Wheeler-REX®, Steel Dragon Tools®, ROTHENBERGER®, and Collins.RD-RF-300-RD-CR

 

Steel Dragon Tools has ten years of experience refurbishing pipe threading machines and is now offering repair service on a wide range of equipment. Steel Dragon Tools technicians will troubleshoot, repair, and replace parts as needed to make used or broken pipe threading machines run like new. Steel Dragon Tools technicians use genuine OEM parts along with aftermarket parts to bring the tools back to OEM specifications.

 

Repair Service by Steel Dragon Tools

 

1. Contact Steel Dragon Tools

Contact Steel Dragon Tools at 734-224-7112 or e-mail here.  Include the make and model of the machine and any issues or problems with the machine. Steel Dragon Tools will reply with an estimated repair cost.

 

2. Shipping

Steel Dragon Tools can arrange for shipping. Shipping charges will be added to the final bill. Customers may also arrange shipping at their own expense.

 

Please have all paperwork submitted prior to the machine’s arrival at the Steel Dragon Tools facility. Customers will be responsible for the inbound and outbound shipping charges as well as the inspection fee.  The Steel Dragon Tools repair rate is $80 per hour plus cost of parts.

 

3. Initial Inspection and Cleaning

Machine inspection rate is $100 per hour with a one hour minimum.  Steel Dragon Tools will contact the customer with an estimate for the repairs.  Example of inspection check list:

  • Power Cord
  • Switches to include Foot Pedal
  • Motor and Gear Box
  • BearingsRD-RF-41935_01
  • Driveshaft
  • Front and Rear Chucks
  • Support Arm Alignment

If the estimated cost of the repair exceeds the value of the machine, Steel Dragon Tools will offer to purchase the machine.  The inspection cost will be deducted from the agreed purchase price.  The inbound freight charges will be removed from the balance if Steel Dragon Tools arranged the shipping.  The remaining credited balance can be used to purchase a refurbished pipe threading machine or a check will be mailed out.

 

Steel Dragon Tools offers a 30-day warranty on all parts.

 

Contact Steel Dragon Tools at 734-224-7112 or e-mail here.

 

RIDGID® is a trademark of RIDGID, Inc and is used only for product identification purposes.

 

Wheeler-Rex Inc.® is a trademark of Wheeler Manufacturing, a division of Rex International, and is used for product identification purposes only.

 

ROTHENBERGER® is a trademark of Rothenberger and is used only for product identification purposes.

 

Steel Dragon Tools® products are backed by a one (1) year warranty against manufacturer defect.

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Posted on: March 16th, 2017 in Product Spotlight

Steel Dragon Tools Line of Die Heads

 

Steel Dragon Tools manufactures a wide-range of die heads that will fit a variety of industry-standard pipe threaders, as well as the Steel Dragon Tools line machines. Steel Dragon Tools die heads will fit popular RIDGID® pipe threading machines, including Model 300, 535, and 1224 machines.

 

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Steel Dragon Tools also manufacturers die heads for RIDGID® 11R and 12R Pipe Threaders. 11R and 12R die heads can be used manually with a ratchet handle or in conjunction with a power drive like the RIDGID® 41935 Model 700.

 

Steel Dragon Tools also manufacturers die heads that will fit certain Wheeler-Rex® pipe threading machines. The Steel Dragon Tools 70131 die head will the Wheeler-Rex® 6790 Pipe Threading Machine. All Steel Dragon Tools die heads will also fit the related Steel Dragon Tools pipe threading machines.

 

The Steel Dragon Tools line of die heads includes:

 

Steel Dragon Tools 811A

  • For use on RIDGID® Model 1215, 1233, 300, 300 Compact, 535, 535A and 1822 Machines.
  • For use on Steel Dragon Tools Model 300 and 300C Machines.
  • Replaces Part Number: 97065

 

Steel Dragon Tools 815A

  • For use on RIDGID® Model 300, 300A, 500, 500A, 535, 535A, 800, 801, 802, and 1822 Machines.
  • For use on Steel Dragon Tools Model 300 and 300C Machines.
  • Replaces Part Number: 97075

 

Steel Dragon Tools 711

  • For use on RIDGID® Model 1224 Machines.
  • For use on Steel Dragon Tools Model 1224 Machines.
  • Replaces Part Number: 26132

 

Steel Dragon Tools 714

  • For use on RIDGID® Model 1224 Machines.
  • For use on Steel Dragon Tools Model 1224 Machines.
  • Replaces Part Number: 26152

 

Steel Dragon Tools 12R

  • Steel Dragon Tools manufacturers a full line of 12R die heads. All Steel Dragon Tools die heads thread in the right-hand direction and come with one set of corresponding dies.
  • For use with RIDGID® 12R Manual Pipe Threaders and RIDGID® Model 700 Power Drive.
  • For use with Steel Dragon Tools 12R Manual Pipe Threaders and Steel Dragon Tools Model 700 Power Drive.
  • Replaces Part Numbers: 37390, 37395, 37400, 37405, 37410, 37415

 

Steel Dragon Tools 11R

  • Steel Dragon Tools manufacturers a full line of 11R die heads. All Steel Dragon Tools die heads thread in the right-hand direction and come with one set of corresponding dies.
  • For use with RIDGID® 12R Manual Pipe Threaders, RIDGID® Model 600 Power Drive and 700 Power Drive (with adapters).
  • For use with Steel Dragon Tools 12R Manual Pipe Threaders, Steel Dragon Tools Model 600 Power drive and Model 700 Power Drive (with adapters).
  • Replaces Part Numbers: 20928, 20948, 37110, 37115, 37120, 37125,

 

Steel Dragon Tools 70131

  • Steel Dragon Tools 70131 die head will fit the Wheeler-Rex® 7991 Pipe Threading Machine.
  • For use on Wheeler-Rex® Model 7991 Machines.
  • For use on Steel Dragon Tools Model 7991 Machines.
  • Replaces Part Number: 70131

 

For more information on the Steel Dragon Tools die heads, 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 734-224-7112 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 for product identification purposes only.

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Posted on: March 1st, 2017 in Al's Tech Talk

Pipe Abbreviations

As with any profession, there can be lots of arcane abbreviations and jargon – pipe threading is no different. Steel Dragon Tools is committed to educating customers and helping them make informed decisions. Buying a new pipe threader from Steel Dragon Tools may have been the easy part, but trying to figure pipe nomenclature can be downright confusing. For anyone new to the industry, or for veterans looking for a quick refresher, here is how to make sense of pipe nomenclature.

 

American National Standard Pipe Thread standards are always represented as a string of numbers and letters. Pipe nomenclature will look like this: 3/4 – 14 NPTG. All numbers and letters stand for something and are important to understand the pipe size, the threads per inch, and how the pipe will be used. The first number (3/4) refers to the pipe’s nominal size or outside diameter. The second number (14) will give the threads per inch. The string of letters will describe the threading standard (N stands for National), the type of material being threaded (P stands for Pipe), the thread type (T stands for tapered), and the pipe’s intended use (G stands for gas). All pipe nomenclature must have four letters. Without the fourth letter the use of the pipe and the proper threading procedure cannot be determined.

 

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A – Aeronautical

 

C – Coupling

 

F – Fuel

 

G – Gas

 

H – Hose

 

I – Intermediate

 

L – Loose

 

N – National

 

P – Pipe

 

R – Railing

 

S – Straight

 

T – Tapered

 

 

Steel Dragon Tools manufactures a variety of different pipe dies and die heads for use on the pipe material listed above. For more information on Steel Dragon Tools pipe threading machinespipe dies, or die heads please click here or contact customer service here or by phone at 734-224-7112.

 

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

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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 734-224-7112.

 

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 734-224-7112.
  • 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 734-224-7112.

 

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

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Posted on: February 2nd, 2017 in Al's Tech Talk

Different Types of Pipe

tubes-pipes-geometric-abstract-81628Steel Dragon Tools pipe threading machines can cut, thread, and ream a variety of different types of pipe with the right die head and dies. Some of the different types of pipe available on the market includes black iron, galvanized steel, stainless steel, copper, and plastic. Each pipe material has different uses and qualities.

 

Black iron pipe is made from mild steel. Black iron pipe is susceptible to corrosion when exposed to alkaline or acidic water. Black iron pipe is typically used for low-pressure and low-heat applications with gas or steam but is not suitable for potable water.

 

Cast iron pipe is manufactured with molds and is mostly used for sewage and waste removal. Cast iron pipe will corrode when in contact with carbonic or sulfuric acids. Cast iron pipe can be found in the sewage systems of many homes due to its durability and longevity. This type of pipe is popular for use in waste removal before of its thickness. The pipe’s density helps to muffle the sound of water and waste moving through it, resulting in a quieter home.

 

Galvanized iron pipe, also known as galvanized steel pipe, is steel pipe with a protective zinc coating. The zinc layer prevents rust and corrosion for approximately 40 years. Once the layer of zinc has been worn away, corrosion and deposits of salt and lime will eventually block the pipe. Galvanized pipe was used for potable water delivery but has been replaced with the more resistant copper and easier-to-handle PVC. Thanks to its anti-corrosion properties, durability, and relatively low cost, galvanized pipe is still popular for use outdoors in irrigation or in large construction projects where the amount of copper pipe needed might be cost prohibitive.

 

Stainless steel pipe is made with different alloys for use across many industries including food, aircraft and aerospace, nuclear energy, military, and medical applications. Stainless steel pipe is highly regarded for its low maintenance, corrosion resistance, hygienic properties, ease of fabrication, durability, and recyclability. Some types of stainless steel pipe are highly acid resistant and are typically found in chemical plants or for use in food processing.

 

Copper pipe is durable and corrosion resistant. This type of pipe is easy to handle and install but can be expensive. Copper pipe is typically used for potable water delivery and refrigerant lines in air conditioning systems. Copper pipe can also be used for gas delivery systems, both industrial and medical.

 

Polyvinyl chloride pipe (PVC) is a versatile material that comes in several chemical variations for different uses. This pipe can be used for pressure and non-pressure applications including potable water service, radiant floor heating, drains, waste removal, venting, irrigation, and ice melting. PVC pipe is inexpensive, easy to handle, and resistant to most household chemicals. PVC pipe does have a low resistance to heat and will expand rapidly when heated. PVC also has a lower pressure rating and crush resistance when compared to most metal pipe.

 

Steel Dragon Tools manufactures a variety of different pipe dies and die heads for use on the pipe material listed above. For more information on Steel Dragon Tools pipe threading machinespipe dies, or die heads please click here or contact customer service here or by phone at 734-224-7112.

 

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

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Posted on: January 13th, 2017 in News and Events

Steel Dragon Tools Buys Used Pipe Threading Equipment

 

 

Steel Dragon Tools buys used RIDGID® pipe threading equipment ranging from handheld pipe threader die heads, like the 12-R, up to heavy-duty models like the 1224 and 161. Steel Dragon Tools will also buy the various RIDGID® stands, die heads, and associated products.

 

Used RIDGID® models that Steel Dragon Tools will purchase:

 

  • Machines: 700, 1215, 300, 300C, 1822, 535 (manual or automatic, all three generations), 1224

 

  • Hog Heads: 141, 161

 

  • Stands: 1206 (300 stand), 450, 460, 460-6(chain vises), 40A (yoke vise)

 

  • Die Heads: 12-R, 811, 811a, 815, 815A, 711, 714

 

Steel Dragon Tools will also buy accessories that work with the units like drive adapters, pipe cutters, and pipe reamers. Steel Dragon Tools will consider items that are missing components or have been disassembled for purchase as parts units.

 

Selling used equipment is a great way to clean up the shop and make extra money at the same time. For more information about selling used equipment, please contact us by phone at 734-224-7112 or by e-mail here.

 

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Posted on: January 4th, 2017 in Al's Tech Talk

Replacing Dies In A Die Head

500aReplacing or installing new dies in the Steel Dragon Tools 811A Die Head is quick and easy. Lay the die head on a stable surface and move the handles to make the scroll inside the die head retract. The scroll holds the dies in place.

 

Once the scroll has retracted, slide the die into the die head. The scroll must be fully retracted to remove or install a die into the die slot. Each die is marked with a number and should slide into the corresponding die slot on the die head.

 

Push the die into the die slot up to the marked line on the top of the die. Once all four dies have been inserted, move the handle to re-engage the scroll, securing the dies in the die head. Some adjustment on each die may be needed if the scroll will not fully engage.

 

Wiggling the dies back and forth while moving the handle will usually remedy the problem. Once the dies are firmly in place, reinstall the die head onto the pipe threading machine.

 

Having multiple die heads with
different-sized dies can reduce work stoppage. Utilizing two die heads with different sets of dies will reduce the work load from switching outs dies when threading a variety of pipe sizes and materials. Simply remove the die head from the machine, install the second die head with a different die set, and continue threading pipe.

 

Steel Dragon Tools dies and die heads are interchangeable with compatible dies and die heads from a variety of manufacturers. Steel Dragon Tools die heads will fit compatible machines and will accept compatible dies. Steel Dragon Tools dies will fit compatible die heads as well.

 

For more information on Steel Dragon Tools dies and die heads, please contact customer service by e-mail or by phone at 734-224-7112.

 

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

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