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I’ve had my eye on the new Milwaukee tri-stand pipe vise. Too bad my Ridgid 460 probably has another 15-20 years of service life left 😢
My Armstrong is 100yrs old. I love it but wish it had a chain vise instead of a yoke.
 

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My Armstrong is 100yrs old. I love it but wish it had a chain vise instead of a yoke.
You can’t beat a chain vise. I can guarantee you that I won’t get 100 years out of mine. I use it alongside a few Ridgid roller head pipe jack stands prefab weld pipe. Once the legs start to get wobbly it’s time for a new one.
 

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Looked into a pipe bursting rig a few times.
What’s a 40 gas installed cost in Atlanta now ?

I remember being in a hotel room in Atlanta looking through the phone book back in 1987. I took my girlfriend to six flags.

The advertised price was $900.00 back then. Total job.

Back home we could barely get 1/2 that.
 

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How much does those Ridgid chain vises cost that you can mount on a stand ? Could you mount one on your stand ?
I have several chain vises, a 2" armstrong mounted in my shed, a 4" reed mounted in my van, a couple other used ones, a brand new 4" reed in the box and a sweet 1950's ridgid 2" or 4" mint in the original box. I don't have to use the tristand if I don't want to, but I do because it's portable and puts a smile on my face. It was 20$ from a junkyard, just needed some bolts replaced and a leg chain added.

If I wanted to mount a chain vise to it I probably could, but it's an antique, I could never bring myself to do that.
 
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The Ridgid is a 4" model, not 2". Those Schick pipe wrenches are as close to NOS as I've seen, one of the 14's even still has the sticker.

Like the "DOPE POT" on my tristand? Dope used to come in hard form as well because it's essentially a wax. You'd heat that cup with your torch to make it liquid so you could apply it.
 

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What’s a 40 gas installed cost in Atlanta now ?

I remember being in a hotel room in Atlanta looking through the phone book back in 1987. I took my girlfriend to six flags.

The advertised price was $900.00 back then. Total job.

Back home we could barely get 1/2 that.
We install 50's primarily. Total package, new ball valve, expansion tank etc, $2400 currently.
 

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I broke down while I was there in 1987. Transmission fluid all over the ground.

I hitchhiked to an auto parts store and bought some rubber hose and clamps. One of the transmission cooler lines had burst. Got it repaired and took my ass back to Bama.

I was a just a kid, got in the car with a guy that took me to the store. One of the dumbest things I ever did. Guy could’ve robbed, killed me and no one would’ve ever known.

When you get older you look back on your life and see how things could’ve easily ended and by nothing but the will of God it didn’t.
 
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