Milwaukee Cheater Adaptable Pipe Wrench Reviewed By: John H.
The Milwaukee pipe wrench is one of the most popular brands in the world. They are manufactured by a company called Ridgid, which was founded in 1882 and now has over 150 employees worldwide.
The brand name “Ridgid” comes from their founder’s initials, R G D (Richard Gilbert). Their products are sold under many different names including Ridgid, Ridgid Tools, Ridgid Tools Inc., and others.
In addition to being one of the top manufacturers of pipe wrenches in the world, they have been making tools since 1883. They were originally known as “Ridge Tool & Manufacturing Company.” Ridge is a mountain range in western Colorado and Utah where the company was located until it moved its headquarters to Denver in 1914.
The name “Ridge” was changed to “Ridgid” because the company wanted to differentiate itself from other companies that were using the same name.
The first product made by Ridgid was a simple screwdriver with a flat head. The tool became so successful that they decided to make several variations of the screwdrivers.
One variation was designed specifically for use on railroad ties, another for use on wooden rail ties, and still another for use on metal rail ties.
The company was then known as “Ridgid Tool Company”. After 55 years of selling their popular design of screwdriver, the company decided to branch out into other areas of tools.
They made a variety of different tools for the automotive, mining and railroad industries. The company became one of the largest tool making companies in America and was even the first to make an adjustable wrench.
A wrench is a tool used to provide grip and mechanical advantage in order to turn objects. The adjustable wrench has been around since the late 19th century.
The most common types of wrenches are the spanner, the monkey wrench (also known as a gas grips or a coffeepot), the pipe wrench, and the Crescent wrench.
The pipe wrench is the oldest design of these four types of wrenches. The other three all have their origins in the year 1900 or later.
The pipe wrench is designed with coarse teeth that are capable of griping irregular shapes such as pipes, nuts, and bolts. It has a flat head on one side and a rounded head on the other. Some wrenches are made without either jaw and are used for special applications such as springs or other odd shaped objects.
The pipe wrench was invented by Joseph Thompson in 1879 but did not become popular until 1892 when it was patented by William McConnell of Bennington, Vermont. The pipe wrench would be mass-produced from the 1920’s into the 1980’s by a variety of tool companies and is still made today.
The pipe wrench can be used to grip anything that can fit within its jaw. The jaw size is usually measured in inches or centimeters depending on the country of origin and the size of the product.
Pipe wrenches are used to grip pipes, but are also designed to grip other things such as nuts, bolts,and other irregular shaped objects.
The adjustable wrench consists of a pivoting jaw and a flat jaw on the other side that can be moved up or down in order to achieve a better grip. This is the most common type of wrench in North American households.
The monkey wrench was invented by William Hunt in 1894 as a new and improved design over the pipe wrench. The same inventor also designed the still popular Hunt Type Wrench.
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