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    I am looking to get some pex press tools 3/8", 1/2 ", 5/8", and 3/4" as some very few areas are starting to alow pex and I dont want to get stuck on a job without the tools now what do you guys prefer a set of crimp all that is interchangable
    http://www.pexsupply.com/Watts-06508...-Kit-4967000-p
    or would you prefer each indavidual crimp tool
    http://www.pexsupply.com/RIDGID-2344...PEX-Crimp-Tool
    http://www.pexsupply.com/RIDGID-2345...PEX-Crimp-Tool
    http://www.pexsupply.com/RIDGID-2346...PEX-Crimp-Tool
    I dont have a pro press and I have not even used pex yet but I just want to be ready I would like the set in a way just because its less money but if your useing multipul size then I could see that being a pain in the aas where haveing each tool would work faster so I thought I would ask seeing how I havent used pex yet
    by the way I am not buying my tools there just useing them as referens
    SMELLS LIKE $$$$$$ TO ME

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    Re: ? pex press tools

    I'm not a big pex user, but it's unavoidable these days.

    Home Depot carries a tool that has 3/8", 1/2" and 3/4" inch crimp slots all on one tool for around $20 and works with a pair of channel locks to crimp, they also have a 1" + tool.

    The main reason I got it is the fact that it's small enough to keep in my tools, about 6" long by maybe 1" thick in the pouch with no spare parts to lose accept for a go/no-go gauge, perfect for occasional use.

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    • #3
      Re: ? pex press tools

      Originally posted by post plumber View Post
      I am looking to get some pex press tools 3/8", 1/2 ", 5/8", and 3/4" as some very few areas are starting to alow pex and I dont want to get stuck on a job without the tools now what do you guys prefer a set of crimp all that is interchangable
      http://www.pexsupply.com/Watts-06508...-Kit-4967000-p
      or would you prefer each indavidual crimp tool
      http://www.pexsupply.com/RIDGID-2344...PEX-Crimp-Tool
      http://www.pexsupply.com/RIDGID-2345...PEX-Crimp-Tool
      http://www.pexsupply.com/RIDGID-2346...PEX-Crimp-Tool
      I dont have a pro press and I have not even used pex yet but I just want to be ready I would like the set in a way just because its less money but if your useing multipul size then I could see that being a pain in the aas where haveing each tool would work faster so I thought I would ask seeing how I havent used pex yet
      by the way I am not buying my tools there just useing them as referens

      Post, I don't know about Chicago, but in Minnesota the plumbing code requires that the pex fittings and pex tubing be made from the same manufacturer. We are supposed to mix and match because tolerances may be different from one to the next. By extension the outside of the crimp rings, or in the case of Uponor the expanding rings may be different diameters. So I think the safe thing to do is to use a crimper designed for that manufacturer of PEX. IE: Use a Viega crimper on Viega. Use an Apollo crimper on Apollo. I tested a Viega crimper on a Zurn pex fitting and tube instead of getting a Zurn Crimp set. The results were not pleasing. I managed to get the crimp done but it was very difficult as the Viega crimp tool makes a smaller diameter crimp. So the resulting crimp may have damaged the fitting or tubing.

      So I carry a an Uponor expanding tool. I have a Viega crimp set. I have an Apollo crimp set. Because as a service plumber I never know what I'm going to run into next. BTW, I also carry the Home Depot pliers crimper mentioned by another poster. It is large and clumsy to operate imo. Itakes up too much area, so if you're in a tight space it's not useable. I have one (I didn't want to pay for the Apollo) and tried it. I went and bought the Apollo.
      Time flies like an arrow.

      Fruit flies like a banana.

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      • #4
        Re: ? pex press tools

        Originally posted by geno gardner View Post
        Post, I don't know about Chicago, but in Minnesota the plumbing code requires that the pex fittings and pex tubing be made from the same manufacturer. We are supposed to mix and match because tolerances may be different from one to the next. By extension the outside of the crimp rings, or in the case of Uponor the expanding rings may be different diameters. So I think the safe thing to do is to use a crimper designed for that manufacturer of PEX. IE: Use a Viega crimper on Viega. Use an Apollo crimper on Apollo. I tested a Viega crimper on a Zurn pex fitting and tube instead of getting a Zurn Crimp set. The results were not pleasing. I managed to get the crimp done but it was very difficult as the Viega crimp tool makes a smaller diameter crimp. So the resulting crimp may have damaged the fitting or tubing.

        So I carry a an Uponor expanding tool. I have a Viega crimp set. I have an Apollo crimp set. Because as a service plumber I never know what I'm going to run into next. BTW, I also carry the Home Depot pliers crimper mentioned by another poster. It is large and clumsy to operate imo. Itakes up too much area, so if you're in a tight space it's not useable. I have one (I didn't want to pay for the Apollo) and tried it. I went and bought the Apollo.
        Thank you geno that helped a lot answered a lot about pex well I geuss I will be looking into a few tools Uponor expanding tool if I go with that I might as well go mill. 12 volt cause I have a few of those and had great luck with them and I am going to look around to see what is carryed by supply houses and hd or lowes as of pex on average to see which crimp tool to get thanks again
        SMELLS LIKE $$$$$$ TO ME

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