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KE2KB 05-08-2009 05:01 PM

PEX Press tool?
 
Hi;
I am considering doing some work in my home using PEX tubing instead of copper.
I need to consider the cost of the tools I need for PEX, since I already have all the "tools" I need for copper, and am not planning to do any major renovations, with either PEX or copper.

If I use the Standard Crimp Ring system, is the crimp ring tool the only one, besides the cutter, that I will need?
I do understand that I may need crimp tools for more than one size, unless the specific tool I purchase has two or more dies. I have looked at some on one web site, and it does appear that, like coaxial connector crimp tools, they usually have two different crimp "dies".

I see another tool referred to as a "Press" tool. Am I correct in thinking that the press type fitting is a different animal that I will not be using if I use the Standard Crimp Ring system?

Thanks for your comments/suggestions

FW

Douger_F 05-08-2009 10:23 PM

I was able to rent the proper crimp ring tool at the Home Depot. It was about $12 for 4 hours and can get a lot of fittings crimped if you do some preplanning. By using the "pro" rings, the ones with the collar on them, they stay in place easier making crimping go faster. I did the entire plumbing job "loose", then rented the crimper and went to town. The actual crimping took about 30 minutes.

I did buy a go/nogo gauge off ebay for $4 to make sur, then did my pressure test and am in use now.

KE2KB 05-09-2009 10:37 AM

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Originally Posted by Douger_F (Post 271413)
I was able to rent the proper crimp ring tool at the Home Depot. It was about $12 for 4 hours and can get a lot of fittings crimped if you do some preplanning. By using the "pro" rings, the ones with the collar on them, they stay in place easier making crimping go faster. I did the entire plumbing job "loose", then rented the crimper and went to town. The actual crimping took about 30 minutes.

I did buy a go/nogo gauge off ebay for $4 to make sur, then did my pressure test and am in use now.

Thanks for that info. I would probably make out pretty well with renting, since I don't have a lot of work to do.
I'll have to remember to buy the "go- no go" gauge. It could be a real time saver.
I may also check Ebay for a crimping tool.

FW

Douger_F 05-09-2009 12:24 PM

I ended up buying the 1/2 in PEX tool for doing a renovation, nearly a complete re-plumbing on the pressure side. On eBay, the pex tool was about $75 with shipping. There are PEX tools that fit multiple sizes, but they wanted $120+ at the time, and it was not that important to me.

Douger_F 05-12-2009 10:35 AM

take a look here:
http://cgi.ebay.com/PEXcaliber-Multi...3A1%7C294%3A50

or here:

http://cgi.ebay.com/PEX-Crimp-Tool-K...3A1%7C294%3A50

skizsam 05-12-2009 10:43 AM

Ebay Pex cutter
 
I just got one on ebay with a cutter for $33 shipped ( with a cutter) it is high quality and works great. If you near Wayne, NJ your welcome to borrow mine. But for $30 and change, might as well buy your own

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...lenotsupported


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