A pressing machine squeezes fittings together to make solderless joints in copper, stainless and PEX tubing even with residual fluid still in the pipe. It’s wicked handy and it’s what many pros use to fix leaks in modern pipes. Stanley VIRAX now launched the first of its pressing guns into the U.S. market.
The Stanley Virax M20 Plus is a pistol-grip pressing machine about the size of a regular cordless drill. It was engineered specifically for the professional plumber and mechanical contractor who require interchangeable jaw inserts to join 1/2-inch to 1-inch copper and 3/8-inch to 1-inch PEX tubing.
As you can see from the image, the M20 is one of the first compact pressing tools here in the states to use 14.4v Li-Ion batteries that put out about 450 presses on a full charge. Stanley says the rig will come complete with two batteries and a 30-minutes charger which puts the daily work at about 900 presses without recharging.
The head rotates 180 degrees to accommodate any pipe angle and can bite down with 65Kn of radial force inside jaws.
Stanley says their new unit can make a join in about four seconds which, if true, will save contractors a heap of time since they won’t have to drain the pipe or reach for another tool. Just fit, squeeze, and move on.
No word on pricing yet but we’ll let you know as soon as we hear.
Virax M20 Plus [Stanley Virax]