May 18, 2021

Professional Tool Reviews for Pros

Ridgid RP 342-XL Press Tool

Ridgid Press Tool

Ridgid Press Tool Boasts Widest Range of Applications on the Market

Ridgid asks you to paint the following picture in your head: imagine using just one press tool on any given material of any size. If that seems too good to be true, prepare for your skepticism to get dashed against the hard rocks of this present reality. The Ridgid RP 342-XL Press Tool is about to make your wildest pipe dreams come true by, in fact, tackling any material of any size all by itself.

10-Second Summary

  • Model: Ridgid RP 342-XL
  • Lightweight design
  • Presses 1/2″ to 4″ copper, stainless, and carbon steel pipe
  • Presses 1/2″ to 2″ PEX
  • Cycle time: < 12 seconds
  • QuickSwitch technology lets you switch from standard to extended 32kN applications to press 2-1/2″ to 4″ carbon steel
  • Compatible with standard 32kN press tool accessories
  • Warranty: Full lifetime

All for One

Ridgid tells us that, even with its lightweight design, the RP 342-XL packs major power. This versatile press tool tackles the widest range of applications of any press tool on the market we’re aware of. With it, you can press 1/2″ to 4″ copper, stainless steel, and even tough carbon steel pipes. But, you can also use it on 1/2″ to 2″ PEX pipe.

Regardless of what material you press, the cycle time is reasonable. Ridgid claims any compatible size material or press in just under 12 seconds. On the website, it states a 4-second standard cycle time and a 9-second extended cycle.

Ridgid Press Tool

It features QuickSwitch technology to quickly switch from Standard to Extended 32KN applications, letting you press 2-1/2″ to 4″ carbon steel.

The Ridgid RP 342-XL Press Tool stays compatible with the full line of Ridgid Standard 32kN accessories, including the StrutSlayr Strut Shear Head, Press Snap Soil Pipe Cutter, and all the MegaPress jaws.

Ridgid Press Tool

For more information about the Ridgid RP 342-XL, visit the Ridgid site by clicking here.

Shop Amazon

Ridgid Press Tool Specs

  • Model: Ridgid RP 342-XL
  • Capacity: 1/2 in. to 4 in. for carbon steel, copper, and stainless steel; 1/2 in. to 2 in. for PEX
  • Head Rotation: 270° head swivel
  • Hydraulic ram output: 7,200 lbs. (32kN)
  • Crimp cycle time: Standard, 4 seconds; Extended, 9 seconds
  • Lighting: LED
  • Dimensions (LxHxW): 20.9 x 10.5 x 3.35 in.
  • Weight: 10.8 lbs. (bare tool)
  • Warranty: Full lifetime
  • Price: TBA

Related articles

Ridgid Max Output Batteries and Technology

Max Output Batteries Improve Power, Runtime, and Warranty Ridgid is releasing all-new 18V Max Output brushless tools. Alongside those tools comes their brand new 18V Max Output Battery system. These batteries offer higher levels of performance and promise increased power and runtime for any and all Ridgid brushless tools. Max Output Batteries are the most powerful […]

Ryobi Cordless Electrostatic Sprayer Review

The concept of an electrostatic sprayer is simple: charge cleaning particles so that they completely cover objects you’re trying to disinfect. The Ryobi cordless electrostatic sprayer accomplished this on an 18V battery platform. That gives you more freedom of movement so you’re not tethered to an outlet. We got in both the Ryobi PSP02K 1-liter […]

Notify of
Oldest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Dave Webber

Christian Hart how sweet would that be!

Chris Coomer

Why is he pressing the Unistrut?

Would love your thoughts, please comment.x