Toolstop Visit Ridgid Tools

Neil and I recently boarded a Ryan Air flight from Edinburgh to Charleroi Airport in Belguim as we made our annual visit to the Ridgid team.

One of the great things about visiting Ridgid isn't just the chance to enjoy some fine Belgium hospitality (which we did) or the opportunity to savour Stella Artois as its makers intended; supped from a cold glass while seated outside in a cobbled town square (which we did), but rather the diversity of tools Ridgid have on the market.

Check out Neil's quick tour of the facilities, including the tadpoles here:

Over the course of our 2 days on-site in their Leuven base we learned about pipe grooving and pipe bending (see Neil's efforts here). We got hands-on with inspection cameras and laser measurers. We fumbled with pipe cutters and pipe flarers. And we learned how to easily trace a sonde.

Our objective, as always, was to gather as much information, photos, ideas and video content as possible, and we've already started making that content available to you. Click here to see some of the photos we took of Ridgid's new products.

One particular focus we had during this visit was sondes and detectors. The ability to drop a sonde down a blocked drain or toilet and then track that sonde to the blockage is a vital requirement for many tradespeople.

Check out our easy to follow guide to sondes; what are they and what do they do? Ridgid's 512Hz sondes are able to transmit their location through cast iron, which is a unique selling point. Watch our video here.

Ridgid are market leaders in detection equipment, so it makes sense to understand how to use the Ridgid 19243 NaviTrack Scout to track and locate sondes, so to help you out we've produced a video that does just that. Click here to watch it in glorious HD.

We'd love to hear from you about your favourite Ridgid tools and products, or if you've got any questions about Ridgid then please let us know.

Use the comments section below, or tweet us on Twitter using #DIYTradeTips!

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