McElroy Creates Eight Comprehensive Socket Fusion Tooling Kits

TULSA, Okla. — McElroy’s new Socket Tooling Kits are set to simplify the work lives of contractors. The kits offer contractors an opportunity to purchase a complete tooling set that includes a Multi-Mc® heater, heater sling, heater adapters, ratchet shears, chamfer tools/depth gauges, spare chamfer blade and cold ring tools.

By offering a complete kit, McElroy was able to put the kits in a specially designed tool box with a custom tray to hold the components. The Socket Tooling Kits incorporate a price break over ordering each piece of tooling equipment a la carte.

Socket tooling is designed for socket fusion procedures. Socket fusion is a popular technique for fusing high density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe fittings in ½-inch copper tube size (CTS) to 4-inch iron pipe size (IPS) pipe sizes (16mm to 125mm).

“The new Socket Tooling Kits are a great opportunity for contractors that perform focused work, whether in the geothermal, irrigation, gas or other industries, to buy a kit that has tooling in the pipe sizes they deal with on a day-to-day basis,” said Chip McElroy, president and chief executive officer of McElroy.

Eight kits are available that consist of equipment geared to specific ranges of fitting sizes and heater voltage requirements. The four size range options include a ¾-inch to 2-inch IPS; 1/2-inch CTS to 2-inch IPS; 3- and 4-inch IPS; and ¾-inch to 1¼-inch IPS. After choosing the appropriate size range, contractors can choose either a 120- or 240-volt Multi-Mc heater.

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