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Pex Crimper Tool - Are they all basically the same?

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Pex Crimper Tool - Are they all basically the same?

I need to do some replacement of some 1/2" copper lines in my laundry room. The existing copper lines are pretty tight to my foundation, and I'll be replacing it all with Pex to make some room for 2" rigid board insulation.

I don't have the money for an expansion tool for this job (they're about $300+) so it's either sharkbite or crimps

The sharkbite fittings looks like a great solution, but really add up in cost quickly.

Which brings me to a crimp solution. Most crimping tools are in the $100 range. Are most the brands all basically the same?
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If space's tight, get a cinch clamp, runs you 30$ too lol
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The expansion tool can de rented
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It seems to me that to do it right, you need the proper tool, especially a water line behind walls. Not all pex is the same and manufacturers have specific tools for their product. Personally, I would not trust generic tools for this.
Why not use copper again? Age old and proven effective.
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Daijoubu wrote: If space's tight, get a cinch clamp, runs you 30$ too lol
Agreed, for small scale work I'd recommend this system. It is fast, easy, reliable, less prone to installation error, low cost, and every bit as secure as the compression rings. Now, if you're planning on installing 1000's per year the compression rings work out a lot less expensive which is likely why they're the most common option.

If there are any concerns about reliability of the cinch rings bear in mind that they've been used in the automotive industry for years providing service in much harsher environments.
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Crimp tool are often on sale at CT , HD- for $60.
Important to buy quality fittings, like Watts from Rona or CT.
Clinch tool is cheaper, but I use crimper.
For expansion tool- that for special PEX tubing, not sold at HD, etc., not so important for you probably...
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Ended up going with the cinch system from HD for $50.

Zero experience with pex, and didn't want to "risk" or practice with more difficult to use crimps.

The cinch system seems almost idiot proof.
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