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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.

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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

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Dave Webber

Christian Hart how sweet would that be!

Chris Coomer

Why is he pressing the Unistrut?

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