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What is "Lean Pipe"?

What is "Lean Pipe"?

Lean Pipe is a system that has existed for several decades in some form or another, primarily in factories and businesses through southeast Asia. It was developed out of the "lean manufacturing" philosophy that became popular through the second half of the 20th century.

Its purpose is to give users the ability to quickly build a workstation or other piece of equipment that suits their specific needs, then quickly re-assemble it when needs change. It is designed to provide as much load-bearing strength as possible while also keeping adaptability. 

Why choose lean pipe over other building methods?

  1. Simplicity. Lean pipe only involves cutting and bolting. No threading, welding, painting, etc.
  2. Flexibility. It supports a huge number of adapters and features to build just about anything.
  3. Durability. Lean pipe is designed to support heavy loads.
  4. Affordability. It does all this at a much better price point than most other professional parts systems.

(Please see "comparing building methods" at the bottom of this page for more information.)

Why choose Fitz Kits over other lean pipe companies?

  1. We're easy - just order from our webstore and we ship right to you.
  2. We're flexible - you can get small or large orders and bulk discounts without a professional account. Most companies require you to get large quantities or have a corporate account.
  3. We're competitive - nobody offers a better price.
  4. We're available - to answer your questions or help with the build process.

Comparison of lean pipe to other building methods:

Below is a list of common equipment building materials, from most common/least expensive to most professional and expensive, explaining their pros and cons versus using lean pipe.

Wood:

Pros: Inexpensive, commonly available
Cons: Requires a lot of finishing work, not durable

PVC pipe:

Pros: Inexpensive, water-resistant
Cons: Weak, cheap-looking

Galvanized or black pipe:

Pros: Strong, commonly found
Cons: Difficult to cut and thread, not many options for attachments, very heavy

Copper pipe:

Pros: Resistant to corrosion, unique attractive look
Cons: Very expensive, not able to support much weight

Electrical conduit:

Pros: Inexpensive, easy to cut
Cons: Mostly unprotected from corrosion, not many fittings, not designed to support weight

Canopy/Greenhouse Systems:
Pros: Fairly easy to use, usually rust resistant for outdoors
Cons: sometimes pricey, hard to find, bulky and crude looking

Railing pipe systems (Kee Klamp):
Can support a lot of weight, but very very expensive. Unfinished industrial appearance. Mostly used for safety railings.

Extruded t-slot aluminum (80/20):

Used mostly for technical applications, this is a highly precise yet extremely expensive system. 

Unistrut:

Square steel frames with a huge number of connectors, this method is also fairly expensive, it's not great for furniture but good for unique or unusual structures or devices

Microrax:

A tinier version of extruded aluminum - good if you want to make a CNC router, 3d printer, or something like that, not good for larger structures.

 

 

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