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Old 11-22-2019, 10:13 AM   #1
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Possible PEX tool?

Do you see any reason these pliers could not be used to crimp the cinch-type PEX fittings?

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Just buy the right https://www.amazon.com/IWISS-Clamps-...09&s=hi&sr=1-6 Tool in the first place. I don't see why you think those piers would give you even compression all around the PEX ring. They look like nail pulling pliers like I have. Try that first and you'll end up with those pliers and the right PEX tool is my prediction.
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I don't think they would work. I have a kit like this:


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You would be way ahead if you just got the right tool. It will take less time to do the job and you can be sure your connections are done right.



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That one would just be a frustration since it is made for cutting. You would get it cinched and then cut into the metal clamp.
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Just buy the right https://www.amazon.com/IWISS-Clamps-...09&s=hi&sr=1-6 Tool in the first place. I don't see why you think those piers would give you even compression all around the PEX ring. They look like nail pulling pliers like I have. Try that first and you'll end up with those pliers and the right PEX tool is my prediction.
You missed something. I referred to the "cinch" type PEX clamp, not the all around ring.
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That one would just be a frustration since it is made for cutting. You would get it cinched and then cut into the metal clamp.
Those cinch clamps are stainless steel! it would take a LOT of pressure to cut off the cinch!
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Just for the record, I do have the proper type of tool. I was just wondering if these would not also work.
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I don't think you could get the needed pressure without the ratcheting mechanism. That is what I use to cut the clamps off though
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I don't think you could get the pressure without the ratcheting mechanism.
You might be right. Wish I had one to try!
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I really don't think you would be able to get the required pressure to properly pinch a PEX clamp. = leaks now or in the future.

Speciality tools exist for a reason. Unless you're in a war time bind do the job right the first time with the right tool.
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You might be right. Wish I had one to try!
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it works somewhat. it will crimp the ring, but it doesn't tighten it like the real tool.
if you look at the crimper, you will see a small part that lands right in the center of the part of the crimp ring that is cinched up. it holds the crimped ring straight so it doesnt bend to a vee in the middle. do one with the cutter pliers and one with the crimper. you will see what i mean.
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I use one like this from runnings store, and used it at my hobby store to make all kinds of air and beer delivery lines for keg systems for home brewers. and if your worried about cutting off then many just dull the edge if used only for the clampsi did mine on one side as its more than twice as wide as clamps. I use a side cutter to cut off old clamps. never had any leaks on co2 pressure lines or beer lines.and I use it on my pex clamps as same thing
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I've "adapted" tools for use like that in a pinch, but for normal times I would prefer using a tool designed specifically for the job.

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