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Until about a year ago our only options for portable pipe threading were either the old manual threaders [no thank you] or corded behemoths prone to blow breakers or fuses on site, neither were ideal. Well that’s all changing fast as more and more cordless models are hitting the market. If you follow us on Read more

Until about a year ago our only options for portable pipe threading were either the old manual threaders [no thank you] or corded behemoths prone to blow breakers or fuses on site, neither were ideal. Well that’s all changing fast as more and more cordless models are hitting the market.

If you follow us on any of our social channels (IG, Facebook or LinkedIn) you have likely seen multiple videos of me using the Milwaukee M18 threader and now a few of the REMS Amigo 22V tool.

The REMS Amigo is the smallest and lightest of all the cordless power threaders available on the market today but I realize a lot of contractors have little to no idea who REMS Tools is. Based in Germany, REMS started in 1909 and has been the leader throughout Europe in providing purpose built tools for the piping professional. 111 years in the business is impressive and it shows in the Amigo 22V threader.

Pro’s:

As I’ve already mentioned, the compact design is significant. As seen in the IG video below I am able to handle the tool very easily with one hand, not something I can say about the Milwaukee or Dewalt threaders.

Second to the size and weight for me is the quality of REMS’ dies. I’ve owned and used RIDGID 12R dies for almost two decades myself and they’re awesome no doubt but the REMS dies just seem to cut smoother and start faster. The dies themselves are slightly more compact too in comparison to the 12R dies size for size.

Con’s:

It’s hard to put this on the con list but when you compare the Amigo with the others its worth noting that it can only thread up to 1″ iron pipe. While the M18 and Dewalt can handle up to 2″ without additional accessories, they offer an advantage for sure. If 1″ size capability is enough for you then this isn’t really a problem.

One more thing to consider of course is batteries. Unless you already have REMS 22V batteries owning this tool is going to add an additional battery and charger platform to the truck. I personally don’t have reservations about having multiple batteries in my daily routine, I’ve done it for years because I know not one company makes the best of each type of tool I need. So for those looking for the best tool that checks all the important boxes adding a new battery won’t be much of a problem.

If you want to find out more about the Amigo 22V threader and the hundreds of other REMS tools check out their US based website here: REMS Tools USA

 

Check out the pilot episode of Beyond the Service, a new service-oriented show to offer business tips to not only the plumbing & HVAC industry, but to all business in general. John Thompson and Devynn Deschenes Thompson of Thompson Family Plumbing and Rooter talk about Visual Marketing in this first episode. https://youtu.be/Q7O1YpJoNWU Read more

Check out the pilot episode of Beyond the Service, a new service-oriented show to offer business tips to not only the plumbing & HVAC industry, but to all business in general. John Thompson and Devynn Deschenes Thompson of Thompson Family Plumbing and Rooter talk about Visual Marketing in this first episode.

Recently, ProStaffer Andy Mickelson gave a run-through of the Taco 0018e high efficiency circulator. The 00e series – 0018e featuring Bluetooth is a versatile, variable speed, high-efficiency wet rotor circulator with an ECM permanent magnet motor. Download the Taco 0018e Mobile App to see and control real-time system performance. Run system operation & validation reports including Read more

Recently, ProStaffer Andy Mickelson gave a run-through of the Taco 0018e high efficiency circulator. The 00e series – 0018e featuring Bluetooth is a versatile, variable speed, high-efficiency wet rotor circulator with an ECM permanent magnet motor. Download the Taco 0018e Mobile App to see and control real-time system performance. Run system operation & validation reports including performance diagnostics & history. Know the most efficient setting based on real-time feedback and alleviate the problems of over-pumping. You design systems with precision. The 0018e offers the performance & control to match.

Check out the video below:

stocking stuffers list

Need some last minute stocking stuffer ideas? If you’re looking for some great gifts for a friend or maybe need to update your own tool collection I hope these stocking stuffer ideas will help you out. I have personally used and owned each of these tools and found all of them very useful. My work Read more

Need some last minute stocking stuffer ideas?

If you’re looking for some great gifts for a friend or maybe need to update your own tool collection I hope these stocking stuffer ideas will help you out. I have personally used and owned each of these tools and found all of them very useful. My work is typically boiler heating system installs, repairs and plenty of tankless water heater work as well. After twenty years of being a licensed master plumber I have owned so many tools, some good and some not so much. So if you or the one you’re shopping for does any type of plumbing, HVAC or electrical check this list out. If you find this list useful please share it with your friends on your preferred social media account!

Bring on the tools!

The best stocking stuffer ever!

The Wera ToolCheck PLUS in metric or Imperial is truly the Macgyver of all tools for the service tech and installer! This one tool replaces the need to carry most small socket sets, multiple bit tips, and adaptors for both. I carry the metric model (shown), there is a difference between it and the imperial but they have a lot in common as well.

Wiha 12-n-1 Ultra Screwdriver

Okay so maybe the Wiha Ultra 12-n-1 driver isn’t technically a multi-tool but this is definitely one of the best bit tip screwdrivers I have ever made room for in my bag. The handle feels the best! Wiha knows screwdrivers better than anyone in the market, give them a try because if you’ve never owned a Wiha I think you’ll be surprised.

FYI, use our Wiha Tools shopping link and our discount code: MHUB15 for a 15% discount at checkout. But don’t forget, you gotta use our link! 

Wiha Pico finish screwdrivers

To round out my list of favorites I would be a jerk for not bringing this solid deal on what I consider the best pack of control screwdrivers out there. Perfect feel and shaped handles, bit ends that fit and won’t strip, these are so nice! And as of right now they’re on sale for $15, that’s a solid deal so you might want to act fast. They ship out of Monticello, MN just twenty minutes from my shop!

Supco Magnetic Jumper

The Supco magnetic jumper is rated for 30 VAC and will make troubleshooting a breeze! I carry a few of these in my Veto MB and wouldn’t be without them ever again. When alligators are a pain or just won’t work these mag jumpers are sweet.

SEEK Thermal CompactPro thermal imager, a great stocking stuffer!

This is the thermal imager I’ve been carrying in my pocket for three years. This model is for an iPhone. The SEEK Thermal CompactPro thermal imager is hands-down my go-to infrared imager for troubleshooting and discovery. Simply plug it into your phone and the app automatically starts up allowing you to take video or pictures so fast and easy anyone could do it. As a bonus, the SEEK is powered off your phone, unlike others that seem to always have a dead battery when you need them. Thermal imaging unlocks some serious earning potential. This is an affordable imager and honestly I think its all any HVAC, boiler, electrician or plumbing tech needs.

Knipex Pliers Wrench Knipex Cobra Pump Pliers

Look no further. Without a doubt Knipex is the world leader in design, function and quality when it comes to pliers. The Knipex Pliers Wrench AND the Knipex Cobra pump pliers are the best pliers on the market. Period. Available in many sizes, these pliers will have you throwing out those old finger pinching, nut stripping, pipe gauging pliers after one use. I promise.

RIDGID Offset Pipe Wrench

No stocking stuffer list would be complete with what I would call RIDGID’s most useful wrench in the catalog. The offset pipe wrench is not a fad. This wrench design allows you to reach and work in tighter spots than any other pipe wrench. I love the 14″ and 18″ offset so much I got it tattooed on my forearm. Its the best damn pipe wrench there is imo. P.S. the 14′ will fit in a stocking, I checked. Just make sure to hang your stocking from a 16p nail or 2-1/2 construction screw.

Diablo Cermet Blade

This week in Nashville, TN we attended the 2019 STAFDA show where Diablo invited a few members of the media to take part in their annual new product showcase. Market research and stats show that a significant percentage of circular saws in use, throughout multiple industries, in shop and job site environments are actually 6-1/2″ Read more

This week in Nashville, TN we attended the 2019 STAFDA show where Diablo invited a few members of the media to take part in their annual new product showcase.
Market research and stats show that a significant percentage of circular saws in use, throughout multiple industries, in shop and job site environments are actually 6-1/2″ models. Demand for a high performance metal cutting blade at an affordable price is high according to Diablo. Here is the latest saw blade by Diablo, the STEEL DEMON w/ Cermet Carbide teeth in 6-1/2″ diameter cutting 2″x3″x.25″ 304 Stainless Steel tube as demonstrated by MH’s Eric Aune, Master Plumber.