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, namely 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 and grip so that you do not slip when you are trying to tighten or loosen the object. Pipe wrenches can also come with different length handles since the longer the handles, the more leverage it gives the user.
Pipe wrenches have a wide range of designs and sizes. They also come in two different material compositions. To choose the appropriate pipe wrench that best suits your requirements, you should understand the advantages and disadvantages of each model, size, and material used for making such tools.
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.
- This popular 2-inch Irwin 274102 retails for $22 to $25 on Amazon.com.
- CoastalTool.com, for instance, provides this helpful chart:
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.
- There are six 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
- Straight Pipe Wrench – designed for everyday pipe fittings; has a head that is parallel to the handles rather than curving to the side
- 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.
What are the extra costs?
- Repairs down the road could be necessary such as fixing the adjustment rings and springs.
- All the prices given above do not include shipping fee. Most online stores will require a minimum purchase before free shipping is available.
- Sales tax may be an additional cost.
Factors that influence the price:
- Prices vary according to brand, size, supplier, and type of wrench.
- Since the shipping fee is not included, the overall cost that you have to shell out will also fluctuate based on the shipping charges and on the total amount paid for the product(s).
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.