Klutch 6-Pc. Pipe Threader Set
Worked Flawlessly - Take it slow
First, I never write reviews but wanted to show this tool some love as it helped me out of a very tight predicament. I have an old home built in the 60's and had a water pipe bust 2 weekends ago.
I dug up the supply line which turned out to be a 3/4 galvanized pipe. I called a plumber and he wanted $800.00 to come out and splice an 8 foot section of line. This seemed like a ridiculous quote, especially since I had to do all the digging to get his massive electric threader into the hole (he want 36" all the way around the pipe).
A few google searches later and I had the courage to attempt the repair myself.
I purchased this threader out of necessity seeing how it was the only one that Northern tool had in stock. I read the reviews (on the way home from purchasing) and was very apprehensive that it would work. However, I was pleasantly surprised. The ratcheting feature is very smooth and little room is needed to work the tool. This is great in tight spaces which helped me not have to dig out a large cavern around my busted pipe. In addition, the die bites quickly and does not take much strength to cut the threads. I had no problems with the die being brittle or breaking and the whole build of the tool feels very solid.
Granted I only used it to thread (2) ¾” threads but both were very smooth. This was my first time to ever use a threader so I probably used 3 times the lube necessary, and even backed off the threader twice on each joint to ensure the burrs did not damage the threads.
Bottom Line: I fixed my water leak for a fraction of the price quoted.
Bonus Line: I have this tool in my collection now should I need to thread any additional lines in the future.
October 27, 2014
This tool worked marginally through about 6 joints of 1 1/4 but the ratcheted cracked and then the 3/4 die feel apart.
Knowing that it was a cheep tool i.e. inexpensive, I used it with care but it still failed in multiple ways rapidly.
May 28, 2012
Junk don't buy. I couldn't even cut 1 thread with it. Had to go to another store to buy one that worked; wasted 3 hrs. between trying to make it work & buying another.
December 10, 2011
not a quality product
This tool broke the second time I used it. I didn't bother to send it back. It is junk, buy a better tool if you need to cut pipe thread.
June 1, 2010
Not as strong as expected.
My husband had me order this for him - we were putting in a shallow well on our property and needed to "fit the pipe" I guess...Didn't hold up. Used it once and broke. Didn't bother to return it, figured it would be a hassle since the quality of the tool couldn't even hold up.
February 15, 2010
Nice for a little while...
The threads were clean. But the tool could not stand up to the test for very long. I didn't even finish my first project with it before the handle cracked the ratchet head. I did return it for 85 percent of store credit though.
November 20, 2008
They won't get you by
The cutting dimensions are in error about 0.01" per quarter inch , so for 1¼" pipe the error is about 0.05" – meaning, the pipe you cut threads on won't fit any commercially made fittings. You might be able to use these for aluminium or copper pipe because the threads will bend, but they aren’t really useful for typical black or galvanized steel that standard pipe is made from.
If you cut a lot of pipe for water or for gas, you’re just going to have to shell out the (much higher) cost for a commercial-grade die set
July 31, 2008
DIES DID NOT CUT THREADS PROPERLY. THEY WOULD NOT WORK ON FITTINGS FROM VARIOUS SUPPLIERS.
THIS ITEM WAS RETURNED TO YOU AND A CREDIT WAS ISSUED.
April 22, 2008
Good value for occasional use...
I bought this unit to thread 3/4" and 1/2" pipe for air lines in my garage. I don't intend to use it all the time, and don't expect it to hold up to heavy use, so the price seemed pretty reasonable. Especially considering threaders make a big jump in price after this one!
The unit works fine, although the dies on the 3/4" are starting to get dull, which causes the threads to 'tear'. I tried sharpening the dies with a stone, which helped a bit, but if you're doing much threading, a set of replacement dies is probably in your future.
Overall quality is typical of any 'offshore' tool, and the stories of defects reflect that: I wouldn't put it up against Ridgid or other big name brand. But the price reflects that: if I was making my living threading pipe though, I'd skip this one, but for what you pay, it does the job pretty well.
January 21, 2008
Worked very well for the use that I needed it for.
January 15, 2008