Hand threading was a slow, tedious process — until Ridge Tool Company developed a better solution: an electric portable power drive that turned the material while hand-held tools cut, reamed and threaded the pipe. Known as the RIDGID 400 Power Drive, the tool was an instant success.
While RIDGID 400 and 500 threaders dominated the industry, Ridge Tool Company continued to look for ways to improve performance. The result was the patented RIDGID Speedchuck (Speed Chuck), which provided a solid grip on material with a simple hand movement. The innovation helped the Model 535 Pipe and Bolt Threading Machine remain the industry standard for over 40 years.
The company manufactures its first aluminum handle wrench, giving pros a more lightweight option that's ideal for use in overhead or tight quarters. At almost 50% lighter than comparable pipe wrenches, the product still exceeds government strength specifications and carries the same guarantee as RIDGID Heavy Duty pipe wrenches.
With the launch of the SeeSnake® microReel, RIDGID helps residential plumbers access high-tech inspection capabilities. The video system's small size, economical price tag, superior maneuverability and RIDGID performance make it instantly popular among pros.
Recognizing the growth in technology usage among its customers, the company launches RIDGID Software Solutions to create unique and dynamic applications designed to help trades people do their jobs more efficiently. The software development studio eventually grows to support all of Emerson's business units, creating apps not only for RIDGID products, but also for other companies, including ClosetMaid and Liebert.