As a plumber and DIY, we all know the importance of using a quality pex tool in pipe fitting work.
It helps compress a copper ring, to secure a pex pipe and its fittings. Creating a watertight seal on your plastic pipe.
Pex crimping tools come in different sizes and types, ranging from tube cutters, GO/NO-GO gauges, to other pex tools you may need when coupling a water system.
And since quality tools lead to a better seal, going for the best pex connector is important.
Below are the top five pex connectors for your piping work.
Types of pex crimp tools
Pex tubing tools fall into three categories they include:
- Pex connectors (crimp and clamp).
- Pipe cutters
- Tools for securing tubing on a wooden surface (clip guns and staplers.)
Pex connection tools
Pex crimp tool: This is the most popular tool for making pex connection. It uses a copper ring to make a leak free connection.
This tool is compatible with brass or poly pex crimp fittings and other sizes ranging from 3/8″ to 1″, and all other pex tools except PEX-AL-PEX.
Pex clamp tool: This is like a crimping tool, the only difference is that it uses a stainless clinch tool instead of copper ring.
It is a universal tool that can work with all clamps and fittings ranging from size 3/8 to 1″
Pex cutters: This helps an installer to make a clean and straight cut for a proper connection of the tubing to a fitting.
Pex cutters come in various sizes, both in light duty types for pipe size of 3/4″, and professional ratcheting types for pipes of 1-1/4 inches.
Foamboard Stapler Tools
This is used when pex tubing is installed in a concrete slab on top of EPS or XPSpolystyrene insulation.
It is often loaded with staples and when you push the tool handle; the installer drives the U-shaped staple, securing the pipe firmly.
This is a pex to wood attachment tool similar to a stapler. It is available in both manual and pneumatic. Clip guns are available in different tube sizes ranging from 3/8″ to 3/4 inches.
How to use a pex connection tool
Using a pex connector is easy, just follow these steps.
- Cut the pex pipe to your required size
- Slide the crimper ring onto the pipe you cut
- Fit the pipe to the tube and push it ON
- Move the ring to the edge
- Open the pex tool by pulling both handles
- Place the tool firmly on the ring and push both handles to crimp.
Top 5 pex connection tool for your plumbing work.
1. IWISS F1807 copper ring pex tool. This is a professional tool you can use for any type of plumbing work. It has interchangeable jaw sets ranging from 3/8, 1/2, 3/4 to 1″ which can suit most jobs.
The tool is accurate and can limit your chances of making a water leak fittings.
Reasons we recommend the IWISS pex tool
- It is easy to use
- Comes with a Go/No-Go gauge which allows you to make an accurate, reliable crimp, preventing wasting of materials.
- Has interchangeable jaw set to crimp different sizes of pipes
- Quick and easy jaw change
- Cost and time saving
- Highly portable and easy to store.
- Has a smaller handle which gives contractors easier access to maneuver tight spaces.
A few things we don’t like about the pex tool
- You cannot use it on pipes over one inch.
Sharkbite crimping tool is another quality tool you can use for your piping work. Suitable for home and commercial use, the tool can also deliver a certified 200 PSI, and the fittings will withstand up to 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
Reasons why we pick sharkbite pex tool
- It creates a clean and leak-free connection
- Delivers a certified 200 PSI performance.
- It is suitable for home and commercial use
- Constructed with high-quality materials
- Compatible with a range of fittings
- Relatively cheap
- Easy to use
- Saves time.
Things we hate about the tool
- You can only use it on 1/2, and 3/4 pipes and fittings.
This is a universal tool you can use to join pipes of various sizes ranging from 3/8 to 1-inch.
It is a factory setup tool that needs no adjustment or calibration before use. You can use IWISS with any ASTM F2098 stainless steel clamps from any manufacturer.
Has a long handle which makes the fitting work easier
It can also remove clinch clamps.
This is a newly designed pex tool to make cinch work easier. It comes with a ratcheting design and a self-release mechanism to ensure complete crimp.
You can use this cinch and remove tools with any ASTM F2098 stainless steel clamps to make pex connections ranging from 3/8″, 1/2″, 5/8″, 3/4″, and 1 inch.
The tool comes in a package containing 1 piece of cinch, remove tool, 1 piece of pex cutter, 20 pieces of half-inch clamps, and 10 pieces of 3/4-inch clamps.
This tool also comes with a 90-day money-back guarantee. To ensure your satisfaction else, you can return the tool.
Things to consider before buying a new pex tool
Before buying a pex connector, there are certain things to consider. They include:
Crimp vs clamp
These days, it is rare to get a pex tool that can do both crimp and cramp. It is therefore advisable that you make your choice before buying,
The crimp is a copper ring that slides over a joint to grip the pex tube. They are burlier than clamps, but are more prone to corrosion.
The clamps are stainless still bands with small pegs and holes. Clamping tools squeeze a knob till the peg lands in the correct hole, securing it on a barbed fitting inside the joint.
Stainless clamps are easier to install, hard rust but are thinner, and can easily bend or separate.
Length of the tool handle
The handle of a Pex tool can be long or short and your place of work determines the type to use.
If the pipe is in an area that requires a long-handled tool, go for it otherwise, buy a short-handled pex tool.
Easy to use
Before buying your desired tool, make sure it is easy to use and also has all the qualities you need