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Stride Tool Introduces Imperial® Ratcheting Tube Cutter

Tube Cutter Can Be Removed
from Ratcheting Handle

GLENWILLOW, OHIO (December 13, 2005)Stride Tool Inc., a worldwide designer and manufacturer of specialty hand tools, has introduced the Imperial® TC-1050RH Ratcheting Mini Tube Cutter, a unique tool in which the tube cutter can be removed from the ratcheting handle. The ratcheting tube cutter is designed for 1/8-inch to 5/8-inch outside diameter tubing, and has a minimal clearance radius of 1 ¼-inches.

“Service technicians always appreciate the function of the TC-1050 when they work close to a wall or around machinery with congested components,” said Darryle Bates, Stride Tool Director of Engineering. “Our new tube cutter’s ratcheting handle makes it simpler and easier to complete a revolution, while providing the leverage of a standard tube cutter. The ratcheting handle enables the job to be completed much faster.

“What really separates the TC-1050RH from other tools is the ability to remove the cutter from the handle, the only one in the market. This is beneficial in those extremely cramped situations where the handle can’t be turned, so the technician has the best of both worlds with a single tool,” Bates said. 

“Our customers often have to work under unusual conditions, so they require dependable tools that can meet those unique and pressing needs,” Bates said. “This was the driving force behind the development of our Ratcheting Tube Cutter.”

The TC-1050 cutter is easy to install or remove, and snaps into place in seconds. The new ratcheting handle contains an ergonomic non-slip grip, and uses six (6) independent drive pawls – many more than the competition. It’s the newest product in Imperial’s successful line of IMP® Mini Tube Cutters.

“The TC-1050 is one of our most popular tube cutters and well recognized in the industry,” Bates said. “Like all of our 1050s, the tube cutter has been factory tested to ensure spiral-free cutting. It’s always been one of our best cutters and adding the ratcheting handle is the perfect complement that gives technicians even more flexibility.  

Stride Tool Inc. designs, manufactures and markets professional and DIY hand tools for a global customer base. Its brand, Imperial®, celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2005 and is sold through HVAC, retail, industrial and automotive distribution. The privately held company operates production facilities in Illinois, New York and Ohio.

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