Top 5 Pex Crimping Tools for your Plumbing Work

As a plumber who installs pex pipes (Cross-linked polyethylene), using the right quality tool makes the work easier. The tool compresses copper rings to secure the pipes and their fittings.

This in turn crimps a watertight seal on your pipes, preventing leakage. Pex crimping tool comes in varying sizes and is available for both your DIY and professional projects.

Since quality tools lead to a better seal, going for the best pex tool is important.

Below are the top five best pex tools to choose from.

Top 5 pex crimping tool for your pipe sealing.

1. IWISS F1807 copper ring crimping tool. This is a professional tool you can use for any type of crimping project. 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 the chances of poor crimping.

Reasons we recommend IWISS pex crimping 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.
  • Durable

A few things we don’t like about the pex tool

  • You cannot use it on pipes over one inch.

2. SharkBite 23251 pex tool

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.

3. IWISS pex clamp cinch tool 

This is a universal tool you can use to join crimps 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 crimping easier

It can also remove clinch clamps.

4. Yangoutool Ratchet PEX Cinch Tool

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 crimp tool, 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 crimp tool, go for it otherwise, buy a short-handled pex tool.

Easy to use

Before buying the desired tool, make sure it is easy to use and also has all the qualities you need