Pilot clamps make pipe-fitting in the field much easier. They fasten to any pipe, including those used for fire sprinkler systems, sewage removal, and potable water, by using a clamp head with two jaw-like ends. When attached, the clamp head provides a hole saw guiding system guaranteeing accurate pipe drilling. This hole saw guiding system accommodates various sizes of hole-saws and guide bushings; giving it the luxury to operate on many different types of pipes.
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Who typically uses pilot clamps?
Pipefitters utilize pilot clamps for day-to-day assignments that require consistent and accurate drilling on-site. Although pilot clamps are used with a simple household drill, qualified and trained pipefitters typically use them the most. This is because of their important role in sustaining important pipe systems within commercial buildings.
Pilot clamps are best for adjusting or fixing currently installed pipe systems. They are not typically used for pipefitting in shops, where common fixtures and machine tools are available. Pilot clamps, however, allow pipefitters to mimic the results of shop fabricated pipefitting with ease!
Provided below are 6 highly useful steps for using a pilot clamp to drill accurate holes everytime:
1.) Before you begin pipefitting, first measure the size of the pipe to be drilled
2.) Next, take that measurement and use the hole size chart that comes standard in every pilot clamp complete kit to determine the size of the hole saw that should be used. (*Note* pilot clamps drill up to a 2” diameter hole, using six different sized interchangeable saw guides, into pipe up to 4” in diameter)
3.) Using the correct sized hole saw guide and bushing, center and fasten the “vise-grip” like clamp head onto the pipe by squeezing together the handles until locked into place
4.) Once attached, make sure the bubble balancers, located on the clamp head, are level and remain in the middle, to ensure flush pipe drilling
5.) After everything is fastened and leveled, position drill and the correct sized guide bushing into the hole saw guide that is centered onto the pipe
6.) Lastly, carefully begin drilling into pipe until desired results are achieved
Now that you've read the steps, see them in action...
The role that pilot clamps have in consistent pipefitting, surely make them an investment to be appreciated. To make sure you get the most from your pilot clamp, we highly recommend a pilot clamp complete kit. A pilot clamps’ greatest attribute is their adaptability to different sized pipes. This kit features six interchangeable hole saw guides, ranging between 1”-2”, and six Lenox Bi-metal hole saws that guarantee you remain prepared for any situation. Pilot clamps can be used on any household drill, that’s because you will also receive two Lenox arbors and a pilot bit with every complete kit purchase.
We, at QRFS, know the importance that pilot clamps hold in consistent pipefitting. Visit us today to browse through our selection of pilot clamp complete kits, as well as replacement parts, at competitively low prices.
Using just an ordinary drill, you can be on your way to professional looking pipefitting!
This blog originally posted by Jason Hugo and Cameron Sharp at QRFS.com/blog on June 17, 2016. If you like what you've read, check us out at Facebook.com/QuickResponseFireSupply or at Twitter @QuickRsponseFS.