Ridgid Pipe Wrench, Part 2

This post continues for my first post on my 24″ Ridgid pipe wrench.  When we last left our hero…I mean pipe wrench, I’d reassembled it but was still missing the spring assembly.  It arrived on Saturday and I quickly dropped it in the wrench.  Below is a pic of the spring assembly.

Without the spring assembly, the hook jaw can rotate in the handle.  Below are a couple pics showing the extreme front and back range of the movement.

The following picture shows the view looking down into the head of the pipe wrench.  Inside of the slot, to the left is an area where the “leg” of the spring assembly goes.  On the top, is a recess for the “side” of the assembly to go in so the hook jaw can fit in the slot.

Here’s another view looking into the slot in the head of the pipe wrench.  This picture shows the pocket where the coil spring goes.

To put it in, you first orient the wrench body so that the spring pocket is down.  Put the spring in and then slip the bent metal piece in so the the “side” of it goes into the recess in the head.  After  some manipulating with a couple of screwdrivers the part popped into place.

After that, you’re done.  Now the hook jaw is held in place by the spring assembly.  It can still move slightly if needed though.  Here’s a family shot of my pipe wrenches.

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7 Responses to Ridgid Pipe Wrench, Part 2

  1. Tim Graydon says:

    Gotta get ya some Rigid red paint!

  2. dcbodkin@comcast.net says:

    Sweet!!!

  3. Gil says:

    Hey there !!!
    Great blog man. but i can’t really understand the purpose / need of the spring assembly.
    You wrote that: “Without the spring assembly, the hook jaw can rotate in the handle” – how exactly does it
    prevent from the hook jaw to rotate ?? I just can’t figure that out. Please help ASAP as i’m doing a CAD project and need to
    understand that.

    Best regards,
    Gil.

    • davidjbod says:

      Gil,
      I probably should have worded it differently. Without the spring assembly the hook jaw can freely rotate but with the spring assembly the hook jaw is held in the center. It isn’t rigidly held and can still be pushed forward or backward. The spring pushes on the clip which pushes the hook jaw against the inside slot of the handle. I’m not sure if it holds the teeth in the hook jaw at the optimum angle or what but with the spring in the pipe wrench grabs a lot better than without. Ridgid has a diagram of the wrench that may help you see how it all goes together. Find it here: https://cdn2.ridgid.com/resources/media?key=3d515d58-b8a8-4eab-859d-c346c7d4e0b3&languageCode=en&countryCode=US&type=document

      If I didn’t explain it well enough let me know and I’ll try again.

      David

      • Gil says:

        mmm….. don’t think i got it. Why would i want to keep the hook jaw in the center ? Will the pipe wrench work bad without it ?
        And by the way… How come the pipe wrench doesn’t “Slip” upon the tube ? Maybe the spring assembly assures the hook jaw to be kept in some specific angle which creates larger friction between the pipe wrench and the pipe, to help open the tube ?
        Guess i’m confused. Maybe a small movie with and without the spring assembly will be helpful ?? 😉

        Best,
        Gil.

      • davidjbod says:

        I think centring the jaw keeps the teeth in the best position. With the spring in the wrench “bites” in by itself and grips well. If the spring isn’t it you really have to slam it down onto the pipe to get it to grab. So, I really think it’s all about tooth angle on the pipe. If you have a pipe wrench you can simulate not having a spring by pulling the hook jaw back with one hand while you lower the wrench onto a pipe. The difference is pretty impressive.

        David

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