RIDGID® RP 240 And RP 241 Compact Press Tool

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Updated: April 10, 2020

A reliable, ergonomic and durable press tool is essential for plumbers and other trades requiring fast, high quality joining of copper and PEX tubing.

Ridgid’s new RP 240 and RP 241 tools were designed to reduce the size and weight of their compact press tool family. Ergonomics, balance and feel were also high on the agenda making usability in and around tight and cramped areas a breeze, which in turn saves time on the jobsite.

Ridgid has also embraced technology with Bluetooth connectivity to your smartphone and the inclusion of a powerful 12V battery producing 140 crimps per charge.

Test #1. Ergonomics And Handling

The first thing we noticed was a well-shaped handle and grip, which fitted nicely into my hand. The trigger felt smooth, and the reduced size and weight all added to the overall well-balanced feel. The RP 240 and RP 241 are 16 per cent shorter and 10 per cent lighter than previous Ridgid compact tools, so the people in the R&D team get thumbs up for that. Angling the tool into the correct position for use felt great and whether you prefer the pistol style grip of the RP 240 or the more streamlined shape of the RP 241, between the two you have the perfect tool for most situations. These two tools weigh only 2.5kg with battery, which won’t impact on your golf swing at the end of the day.

Test #2. Speed, Power And Flexibility

With a crimp speed of 5 seconds, which felt much quicker, you will get through a massive number of crimps per day – and with an impressive 140 crimps per charge, you will be working like a trojan with this range.

Being able to work across a range of sizes is a huge advantage.

Test #3. Workability

Let’s be clear – I’m no plumber, and press tools are pretty straightforward tools to use, so after I had successfully crimped a pile of joins I figured it was time to drop in on Nathan Purll from NP Plumbing Services, who was working on a first floor addition just down the road.

Let’s be clear – I’m no plumber, and press tools are pretty straightforward tools to use, so after I had successfully crimped a pile of joins I figured it was time to drop in on Nathan Purll from NP Plumbing Services, who was working on a first floor addition just down the road.

Wrap-Up

The constant push to make everything smaller and lighter is great for reducing fatigue at the end of a hard day’s work, but as long as this quest for the ultimate ergonomics and smaller design doesn’t have any negative impacts on the performance of a tool, we are all for it. We are happy to say this wasn’t the case with either of the two press tools. It felt great in hand and worked all day long with zero problems.

It’s official – Ridgid has produced two more fantastic tools to add to their impressive range.