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If you only need to crimp a few Pex fittings and you don’t want to carry a large Pex crimper around, the Pex Pocket Crimper might be for you. Using a set of 10″ locking pliers, the Pex Pocket Crimper allows you to crimp fittings onto 3/8″, 1/2″, and 3/4″ Pex tubing.

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The crimper is small enough to fit into tight places and it also separates into two pieces at the joint, allowing you to use it in cramped quarters.

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To use the tool, prep the tubing, slip the crimp ring over the tubing, and insert the fitting into the tubing. Then place the crimper over the ring and squeeze the ends of the PexPocket Crimper with locking pliers. Finally, check your crimp with the supplied go-no-go gauge.

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Manufactured in the US, the Pex Pocket Crimper will run you about $30 with $6 shipping and handling. If you’re interested in crimping larger sized PEX they also make a 1″ version which they ship for $41.

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5 Responses to Pex Pocket Crimper

  1. Bullseye says:

    You can also get one at Home depot. Works as good as the one I spent over $100 on.

  2. Jerry says:

    I picked up one of these about a year ago to do the ocassional repairs on the PEX in the motor home. Since it is used only rarely, it suits my needs and works quite well. I did re-plumb some of the motor home so used the crimper on about 12 connectors. Worked every timw without fail. Not so sure about that $30 price tag though. Seems like I got it at HD for about $20. Been a while so maybe that is incorrect.

  3. Shopmonger says:

    great this is a goog solution , i love me some PEX….great for air lines in shop….motorhomes and Boats…..

    ShopMonger

  4. fred says:

    Not all PEX and/or PEX fittings are created equal. This tool is for the crimp-on type rings supplied by Zurn et. al. There are a number of lawsuits underway that allege that these fittings fail resulting in damage. I don’t know if these failures relate to the rings themselves or poor technique used in crimping them. The crimp tools for this sort of ring usually come with a go-no-go gauge – purportedly allowing you to do some QC on the crimp-up.

    An alternative is to use Oetiker clamps – which can be made up with hand tools – some of which use ratcheting action and have electronic sensors that signal when the clamp is fully made up. These tools have price tags in the $150 range – so they are probably outside the scope of the occasional user.

    What I like is the Uponor (Wirsbo) PEX products that use expansion tools :

    http://www.uponor-usa.com/Header/Service/For-Professionals/Tools.aspx

    rather than crimping tools to make-up connections

  5. zoomzoomjeff says:

    You can use PEX for air lines in a shop? Hmmm. You’ve got me thinking. Are you sure they’re okay for that purpose?

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