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PVC fitting saver

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by DanaMac, Aug 13, 2008.

  1. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,156

    Has anybody used these? I never heard of them until last year when tech #2 started working for us. He mentioned it a couple times, and Ewing got a couple in because he mentioned it to them. I finally bought one this spring for him, and watched him use it yesterday on a cracked manifold. Thing work great!! He has used it a few times this year already. It has helped prevent having to rebuild and entire 8 zone manifold just because an ell and pipe cracked leading into the first PVC mani tee. Cored out the PVC to where all I saw was primer on the inside of the tee. We only picked up the 1".

    I can't find a good pic or link, but this link is to a plumbing supplier with a couple weak pics.

  2. Tom Tom

    Tom Tom LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,278

    I've heard of them/seen 'em in the trade mags and probably could have used it several times.

    Did you get the setup with the deluxe padded case? :laugh:
  3. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,156

    No, just the single 1". Ewing still has two on the wall behind the counter. Go check 'em out. Before I buy them!!
  4. Tom Tom

    Tom Tom LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,278

    Still waiting for them to get my SL1600 in. Its been 2 weeks+ since I ordered it.

    Anyone else having problems getting SL1600's?

    Ewing had a smokin' deal in July on the SL1600/monitor package.
  5. irrig8r

    irrig8r LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,535

    I have 3 sizes. Used to be distributed by Christy's with the name "Socket Saver". I've used them for over 5 years...maybe closer to 10. You need to have the right approach angle and room for a drill.

    I heard Christy's stopped selling them (www.tchristy.com) so I bought a couple extras.. I did get one stuck in a tee once when the screw came loose.

    I've also used a heat gun to extract broken stubs... carefully.
  6. Dripit good

    Dripit good LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,081

    Cool tool. Have'nt seen one before. Looks like a real time saver if you can overcome the point made by irrig8r. Did/do you have a problem with the shavings?
  7. Waterit

    Waterit LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,906

    No prob getting 1600's here. Love that thing, especially the dual-voltage tranny.

    That WAS a great deal in July - "employee pricing" supposedly - $150 for 1600plus an extra mod and the SLW10. It was limited to 2 per customer, so I had some of my buddies that don't use 'em but do buy from Ewing get their 2 and give 'em to me.
  8. evergreensolutions

    evergreensolutions LawnSite Member
    Posts: 55

    That pricing is not real far off from what I pay everyday for an SL1600, module, and SLW10. Best controller out there if you ask me.
  9. WalkGood

    WalkGood LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,910

    So, what is the reward to tech #2 for his time-n-money saving request for this tool?

  10. Waterit

    Waterit LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,906

    You sure? SL with one mod costs me 131 and change, SLW10 is 142.

    So if you're paying "not far off" from 150, you're getting one he!! of a deal. Maybe I need to buy from your branch, even with shipping I'd save some scratch.

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