Pex Crimpers ... Why so expensive?

Bobobie

Registered User
#1
Everything from the Pex hose to the fittings seems reasonably priced compared to push fittings. Why are these fucking crimpers so expensive? The cheapest set I could find in any of the Big Box stores was $40. I ended up ordering one from Amazon for a more reasonable price, but now my shower is out of commission for a few days.
 
#2
Because it's niche and the ones from Amazon would probably break if used by a contractor routinely.

For cheap locally, did you try Harbor Freight? They are usually the best price when it comes to a one time use tool.
 

maz

TRueWDTer
#3
How much money did you save ?
Was it really worth the wait ?
 

gleet

What's black and white and red all over?
#4
The local lumberyard loans them.
 

Haeder

South Dakota
#5
You can borrow mine. It does 3/8, 1/2, 3/4 and 1 inch rings.

It cost me $90 at Lowe's and it's made out of steel with no shitty plastic parts. No charge for a fellow wackbagger.
 

Haeder

South Dakota
#6
How much money did you save ?
Was it really worth the wait ?
Not enough to justify being without a shower for a few days. The cheap cocksucker.
 

d0uche_n0zzle

**Negative_Creep**
#7
Fill five gallon bucket with warm water, take soap/washcloth and clean self.

Not so difficult, Mr. Stinks.
 

Bobobie

Registered User
#11
I need it for two crimps and it's going into tool box and it will sit there for 2-5 years before it's needed again. I have electrical crimpers that cost alot more, but I've made literally thousands of crimps with them. I was under the impression that Pex wasn't some niche plumbing system.
 
#12
You can borrow mine. It does 3/8, 1/2, 3/4 and 1 inch rings.

It cost me $90 at Lowe's and it's made out of steel with no shitty plastic parts. No charge for a fellow wackbagger.
Ya I got the same one from HD... well I bought it when I had the farm. But prob will use it here unless my buddy the heat and vent guy is over. He has the one that expands a plastic ring then you stick on the fitting and it shrinks back.



But if you only have to do a couple of fittings why don't you use the Sharkbite fittings?
 

THE FEZ MAN

as a matter of fact i dont have 5$
#13
Ya I got the same one from HD... well I bought it when I had the farm. But prob will use it here unless my buddy the heat and vent guy is over. He has the one that expands a plastic ring then you stick on the fitting and it shrinks back.



But if you only have to do a couple of fittings why don't you use the Sharkbite fittings?

I actually had a shark bite fitting fail at the beginning of the season this year, I have a feeling that ground shifting put some stress on the joint causing it to fail, it was a T in my out door plumbing lucky for me it it was easy to access
 

gleet

What's black and white and red all over?
#14
I got tired of borrowing the crimper from the lumberyard for one or two crimps so I bought one similar to this a long time ago.

You reef on it with a 10" vise grip and even with stunning grip strength, it's a chore to crimp, but it does work. I wouldn't do a house with it but it's nice for a quick repair.
 
#15
I actually had a shark bite fitting fail at the beginning of the season this year, I have a feeling that ground shifting put some stress on the joint causing it to fail, it was a T in my out door plumbing lucky for me it it was easy to access
I just like them cuz they are reusable...
 
#17
Pex ring cutter for the win. I reuse pex fittings whenever possible.
Even just having a proper cutter to cut the pipe is handy to have... I bought one for cutting plastic conduit that works great on PEX as well. Has like this ratcheting action so you don't have to bust a blood vessel trying to cut a length of PVC.
 

5skin

Registered User
#18
But if you only have to do a couple of fittings why don't you use the Sharkbite fittings?
If it's to the shower head they might leak. They tighten under pressure and sometimes will not seal without the pressure, not always, but enough I wouldn't use them for the shower head supply.
Then you got a bagger out $7 in fittings and stinking up the place.
 
#19
If it's to the shower head they might leak. They tighten under pressure and sometimes will not seal without the pressure, not always, but enough I wouldn't use them for the shower head supply.
Then you got a bagger out $7 in fittings and stinking up the place.
Ya I will typically only use them where I will always have access (like under a sink) and where soldering would be a bother (like under a sink).
 
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