Posted on: March 20th, 2018 in Customer Service

Selling Your Used Pipe Threading Equipment to Steel Dragon Tools

 

Who is this guy asking me to ship my threader?  Hey all, I am Brett LaVoy, manager of the RIDGID® reconditioning shop at Steel Dragon Tools.  I may have contacted you on Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, OfferUp, eBay or Letgo. I am well aware of the scams and dishonest business practices that have plagued internet sales over the last decade or so.  I decided to write this blog to give insight of what I do here at Steel Dragon Tools and a bit of my personal life.  I hope to not just purchase your RIDGID® equipment but develop a long lasting relationship with you.

 

One of my main jobs here at Steel Dragon Tools is to purchase, used RIDGID® pipe threading equipment. Many of the used RIDGID® items I buy is from ads I find online.  Anyone who has sold anything online, especially on Craigslist, has probably encountered their fair share of scammers.  I have built a solid reputation personally and for my company by doing online transactions the correct way.  I encourage any of my prospective sellers to research our company, Steel Dragon Tools.  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.  I’ve been managing the refurbish shop Since the beginning of 2018, and have been with the company for over 7 years.  I am determined to build as many relationships as possible to help boost my reputation and purchases.

 

Along with purchasing used equipment, I also manage a crew of three highly skilled and talented technicians.  They do fantastic work and not a day goes by that they don’t impress me with their craftsmanship.  I manage the inventory of used and refurbished equipment to ensure these machines are in stock and posted on the marketplaces.  I also oversea that the quality of the machines meets industry standards and make changes as necessary to the reconditioning process to further improve our machines.  I keep track of the competition on the marketplaces to ensure my items are priced correctly and are of better quality.  I also screen the ads for errors or mistakes, don’t hesitate to drop me an email if you see errors in the ad titles, descriptions or photos… you would be helping me out!

 

When I’m not at work growing this department or out purchasing equipment I find myself busy doing my other passions.  I have an amazing wife Sarah, she is the greatest and is currently 4 months pregnant with our first child.  We are beyond excited to be parents!  I LOVE the sport of hockey, I play every single chance I get, sometimes 5 nights a week if I can.  Of course growing up in southern Michigan I am an avid Detroit Red Wings fan and I bleed blue.  I’ am a huge car enthusiast, I love Chevy trucks, Camaros, Corvettes, CTS-V Cadillac’s, even a few Mustangs… anything that is powerful and has a pure American V8 note coming from the exhaust.  I like to deer hunt and be outdoors whether it is warm or cold.   In the last 5 years I’ve been spending a lot of time and money renovating my house.  I have really enjoyed making it my own and learning along the way.

 

Enough about me, lets talk about what you really want to know!  How will you be getting paid and how will I get my equipment.

 

Payment

I can give you multiple options to get paid for your used equipment. I can do PayPal (my personal favorite), credit card (business to business transaction), or company check. Funds can be sent immediately with PayPal or credit card transaction. To issue a company check, the machine or accessories will need to be shipped to my shop before I can mail your check (once I send a check in the mail I cannot get it back).  Of course if I am picking up locally I can bring a check with me.  Company policy does not allow me to bring cash to pick up locations, this is for my safety.

 

Shipping

I have reliable shipping options with UPS. I use both their ground shipping and freight trucks for larger machines and purchases.

 

Freight Shipping

Pipe threading machines over 150lbs need to be shipped as freight. They will need to be secured to a pallet.  This can be accomplished using ratchet straps, banding or stretch wrap.  I always appreciate covering the machine(s) in cardboard to keep them protected.

Once the machine is ready to ship I will create a bill of lading, and address label, then email them to you.  I will schedule the pickup for a day and time convenient to you.  Before scheduled pick up time, please print the bill of lading and address labels.  The address labels will go on the pallet itself (just tape them on).  Print two copies of the bill of lading and give one to the driver when they arrive and have the driver sign one for you to keep(this is your proof of pick up).

 

Ground Shipping

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, and let them know you are coming in to drop off tools for me.   I will pay UPS to package the items and will provide them with a shipping label. When it is convenient for you, take the machine to the designated UPS location and we will handle it from there.

 

If you prefer to box and tag the items yourself, that works as well.  Just let me know the weight and dimensions of the box and I will send you a prepaid UPS label.   Then you would just have to tape the label onto the box and drop off at any UPS location.

 

If you are local, I can pick up the machine or you can drop it off here.  If you stop in and see me I’d love you show you our operation and reconditioned machines.

 

Thank You!

Thank you for taking the time to learn a little more about me and Steel Dragon Tools.  I hope this information was helpful to make our transaction smooth and easy.  I look forward to working with you.

 

Contact Brett

For more information on selling a used pipe threader or accessories, please contact Brett directly at 734-735-0378 or e-mail here. That is my cell phone, yes you can text me and send me pictures on it.

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Posted on: March 5th, 2018 in News and Events

Steel Dragon Tools Store on Amazon

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The Steel Dragon Tools store is now open on Amazon. All Steel Dragon Tools products are all available and easily searchable. Most products are eligible for two-day shipping through Amazon Prime. Contractors and skilled tradesmen can quickly and conveniently get the tools they need to get the job done.

 

Steel Dragon Tools manufacturers a wide variety of tools and components used for pipe threading, roll grooving, core drilling, drain cleaning, wiring stripping applications. The Steel Dragon Tools product line also includes drain cameras, pipe chain vises, magnetic lifters, electric hoists, specialized hand tools, and more. All new products from Steel Dragon Tools meet or exceed industry ratings and are CE approved and government tested.

 

In addition to offering a line of professional-grade, economically-priced pipe threading machines, Steel Dragon Tools also refurbishes and reconditions RIDGID® brand pipe threading machines and RIDGID® accessories. All Steel Dragon Tools® Reconditioned RIDGID® tools are cleaned, repaired, and prepared for professional use. Each Reconditioned RIDGID® tool is disassembled, cleaned, and reassembled with new parts as needed to meet OEM specifications. All Reconditioned RIDGID® items come with a one-year warranty.

 

Visit the Steel Dragon Tools store at Amazon, click here.

 

For more information on Steel Dragon Tools call 877-596-0951 or e-mail customer service here.

 

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: November 1st, 2017 in Customer Service

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 over 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

Start the process by contacting Steel Dragon Tools. Customers will be asked to fill out this form detailing any issues with the machine. Download the PDF, fill it out and e-mail it to David Krell at dkrell@steeldragontools.com. Include the make and model of the machine and any that may help the Steel Dragon Tools technicians diagnose the problem. Steel Dragon Tools will reply with an estimated repair cost. Customers are also welcome to call Steel Dragon Tools at 877-263-2069.

 

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 877-263-2069 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: October 25th, 2017 in Al's Tech Talk

Obscure Fact About the 535

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Steel Dragon Tools has over a decade of experience refurbishing pipe threading machines and accessories. The RIDGID® 535 is a prime candidate for reconditioning and can be found quite often in the Steel Dragon Tools shop. The 535 debuted on the market in 1957 and has been running in one form or another for over 50 years. Despite the years of experience, the technicians in the Steel Dragon Tools shop are always learning something new. In this case, the technicians pointed out that an 815A die head is not compatible on a 535 Version 1 machines that is equipped with a 340 Reamer.

 

This is a very specific issue that won’t affect most customers who use a 535 Version 1 machine. While the 815A die head is compatible with the 535, most customers will use the 811A die head. The 811A die head is much more common and is included with all reconditioned RIDGID® 535 packages offered by Steel Dragon Tools. For customers who have a 535 Version 1 machine and want to use an 815A die head, be sure to check which reamer in on the machine.
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Over the years, as the 535 machine changed from Version 1 to Version 2 to Version 3, the attachments changed slightly as well. The 811 die head became the 811A die head and allowed for automatic oiling. The 815A die head was later introduced with an automatic opening feature that opens the die head when threading is complete. The 340 reamer was updated slightly to become the 341 reamer.

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The 341 reamer is standard on later model 535 machines but will also fit the original 535 design. The difference between the 340 and 341 is nominal. The only thing that has changed over 50 years is the shape of the reamer arm. The 341 reamer has a shallow arm while the 340 reamer has a much more pronounced arm. It is the arm of the 340 reamer that will contact the 815A die head trigger, preventing the reamer from raising or lowering on the machine. This is only an issue when using an 815A die head on a RIDGID® 535 Version 1 machine that is equipped with a 340 reamer.

 

To learn more about Steel Dragon Tools reconditioned RIDGID® 535 machines, click here.

 

To learn about the difference between 811 and 815 die heads, click here.

 

For more information on Steel Dragon Tools call 877-263-2069 or e-mail customer service here.

 

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 AmazonSears, and Walmart.

 

Steel Dragon Tools is always looking for used or broken pipe threading machines and pipe threading accessories. Click here for the purchase list and prices.

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Posted on: September 27th, 2017 in Al's Tech Talk

“A” is for Automatic – 811A and 815A

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Die heads for most Steel Dragon Tools and RIDGID® power pipe threading machines will either be automatic or non-automatic. Automatic refers the die head’s ability to automatically oil the pipe during the pipe threading process. These die heads will have a through-head oiling system. Automatic die heads will also have an “A” designation in their name like 811A or 815A.

 

The die head will connect to the pipe threading machine’s oil reservoir, if the machine has one (Steel Dragon Tools and RIDGID® 300 Power Drives do not have an oil reservoir and require a separate, manually operated oiler – like the Steel Dragon Tools 418 Oiler).

 

A pump in the pipe threading machine will push pipe threading oil to the die head where it will be distributed over the pipe during the pipe threading process. The automatic-style die head is now used across the industry. Non-automatic 811 and 815 die heads are typically not sold as new but can be found used or reconditioned. Steel Dragon Tools buys and reconditions used and broken pipe threading machines and accessories, including RIDGID® 811, 811A, 815, and 815A die heads.
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Click here for more information on selling used equipment to Steel Dragon Tools.

 

Click here to learn more about the importance of pipe threading oil.

 

Click here to learn more about the difference between 811 and 815 die heads.

 

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

 

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 AmazonSears, and Walmart.

 

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: 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 $125
RIDGID® 811 and 815 Universal Die Heads (older models) $75
RIDGID® 141 with dies in good condition $400-450
RIDGID® 161 with dies in good condition $300
RIDGID® 1224 Pipe Threader $2,500-$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 $10-$15 each
RIDGID® 42620 Model 774 Square Drive Adapter $25
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-$100
RIDGID® 460 TRISTAND® $75-$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 734-735-0378.

 

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

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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 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: 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 877-263-2069 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 877-263-2069 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: January 13th, 2017 in News and Events

Steel Dragon Tools Buys Used Pipe Threading Equipment

 

By Brett LaVoy – Shop Manager at Steel Dragon Tools

 

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 Brett LaVoy by phone at 734-735-0378 or by e-mail here.

 

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