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Old 11-22-2007, 09:49 PM   #1
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Handheld electric pipe threaders

Has anyone here used one of these? I am thinking of buying one, but there are no stores nearby that I can examine one before I buy. To me it looks like the tool rotates the threading die and the pipe has to be held fixed by some other means (ie. vice). Is this correct?
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Old 11-23-2007, 08:11 AM   #2
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That is correct. The pipe is held typically by a chain vice or a top screw vice. I prefer the chain vice.

You could hold the pipe back using a pipe wrench you have fixed in place somehow. Be carefully with this though because those threaders have a ton of torque and if that wrench comes loose it can cause some real damage. Pipe threaders are not toys, be very careful with them. They have a ton of torque and can easially snap your leg or rip fingers or arms right off if you get caught right way, and it's possible to get jammed in such a way you can't let go of the trigger. I don't mean to scare you, just know a pipe threader is no less dangerous then a power saw.

This is the threader I use. It's a great tool but is on the expensive side. It's about $1,000 new. I paid $600 off eBay for an almost new one with a chain vice, dies, cutter, and a few ratchet cutters.

Don't forget you need some kind of oiler too even if it's just a coffee cut and a bucket.


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Be sure to hold on when you use the electric threader.
It can catch you off guard and hurt you.
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Old 11-23-2007, 09:47 AM   #4
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Thanks Guys,
Thats what I was hoping, and I know what you mean about power tools with torque. My Twisting machine has over 650 ft/lbs of torque and when it is going its hands off, the thing could rip your arm right off.
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