How Much Does a Pipe Wrench Cost?
A pipe wrench is a plumbing tool designed for gripping, tightening, or loosening rounded objects such as pipes, couplings, rods, or bolts. It is made up of two jaws: the upper hook and the lower heel jaw. The jaws feature hard teeth to allow a comfortable grip when the wrench is turned. The handles feature a rubber grip that makes the wrench easy to handle so it doesn’t slip when you are trying to tighten or loosen the object.
How much does it cost?
- On average, a pipe wrench is going to cost anywhere from $12 to as much as $300 depending on the brand and where it’s purchased from. Refer to the price chart below for more estimates.
- This popular 2-inch Irwin 274102 retails for $22 to $25 on Amazon.com.
Aluminum Straight Pipe Wrench
Aluminum Offset Pipe Wrench
What is going to be included?
- A medium-size adjustable pipe wrench is suitable for tightening and/or loosening pipes and other plumbing connections. Because it is sturdier and bigger than a standard wrench, it is able to turn pipes more efficiently.
- Common sizes of a pipe wrench include 10, 14, 18, 24, 36 and 48 inches.
- The hardened teeth of a pipe wrench make it ideal to use on hard pipes, couplings, and bolts.
- Most pipe wrenches feature some type of adjustment at the base of the head so that you can either open the jaws wider or more narrow.
- The straight pipe wrench has a rugged and solid form from end to end and features a plastic handle with cushion-grip, making it comfortable to use.
- The aluminum straight pipe wrench is almost 40% lighter than its cast-iron counterparts of the same size but can still perform the same functions.
- Aside from being lighter than the cast-iron models, the aluminum offset pipe wrench has a jaw opening located alongside its handle and a tapered hook jaw head, providing easy access into tight spaces.
Types of pipe wrenches
- Standard – designed for everyday pipe fittings that need repair
- End Pipe Wrench – designed specifically for the ends of pipes that are in the corner, close to the wall, or in hard to reach places
- Compound Leverage Wrench – designed to use with joints that have built up residue or have been damaged
- Offset Wrench – designed for pipes that are placed at awkward angles compared to the other pipes or walls around them
- Strap Wrench – designed for oddly shaped pipes; has a strap rather than a head at the end
- designed for everyday pipe fittings; has a head that is parallel to the handles rather than curving to the side
What are the extra costs?
- Repairs down the road could be necessary such as fixing the adjustment rings and springs.
- Shipping fees may apply.
- Sales tax may be an additional cost.
Tips to know:
- Using the wrong type of pipe wrench could damage the object on which you are working and the job will take a lot of time to get done.
- A pipe wrench can be made either of steel or aluminum material.
- Even though you may know how to use a pipe wrench, you may not know how to perform the repair you are trying. Do not be afraid to call a repairman since some issues, especially plumbing, can be quite tricky.
How can I save money?
- Check online and compare the different shops for prices and pay attention to their sales promotions to get a better deal.
- Do not just buy any type of wrench, but choose the appropriate tool for your specific need to save money, time and frustration.
- Purchasing used can help you save more than 20 to 40%. Because this type of tool is built so tough, it can last many years. A used pipe wrench is probably just as sturdy as a new one even if it does not have all the features.