ELYRIA, Ohio — Quickly make ¾-inch branch connections — and eliminate the need to weld — on black steel pipe with the new Ridgid Press-In Branch Connector Tool Kit recently introduced.

Significantly faster when compared to traditional welding, it is ideal for adding gauges or ¾-inch pipe in chilled water, compressed air, industrial gas and low-pressure steam system applications. Plumbers, pipe fabricators and maintenance professionals working on 1½-inch to 6-inchblack steel pipe will not only save time but also eliminate fire risk and avoid the additional expense of a fire safety watch.

The Connector Tool Kit includes an expander that fits all Ridgid standard press tools, including the RP 340, RP 330, RP 320 and CT-400, and works with Viega Press-In Branch Adapter Fittings. The kit also contains fitting positioning guides, an arbor shaft assembly, drill guide, and vacuum adapters. The hole saw arbor attaches to standard drills, includes an M27 hole saw, and is designed to prevent the saw from penetrating both sides of the pipe; while the vacuum adapters allow for connection to standard size vacuum hoses to help reduce steel chips falling into the pipe while making the branch. Both the positioning and drill guides ensure proper placement against the pipe.

“The Ridigid Press-In Branch Connector Tool Kit takes our standard press tools up a notch. This accessory kit not only reduces complexity, but more importantly, it speeds up the process when creating branches,” said Rob Trefz, Ridgid director of business development and marketing.

The Connector Tool Kit comes with the Ridigid Full Lifetime Warranty. To purchase or learn more about the Connector Tool Kit or other press tool products, visit ridigid.com.