Rated 2.3 out of 5 by 3
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Buzzsaw Works, as advertised
Seems good. Installed a couple of weeks ago. Easy to install, no leaks. The mounting bracket is metal, but the manifold itself is an ABS type material instead of metal.
August 19, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by mj44 very cheaply made not worth the high price very fragile. .
Cheaply made very fragile for the money I paid I expected better quality.
September 4, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by billw Cheap and fussy
I debated whether to buy this or build my own manifold. I should have built my own and suspect that I will have to in the future.
This manifold consists of four sections of fairly flimsy plastic pipe connected by brass unions to form two trunks. Each trunk has ten male threaded openings onto which are fitted 1/2" PEX adapters. Plastic threaded connections are always fussy to work with and these are no different. Getting everything leak-free was a trial and involved a lot of thread sealant. Because PEX is pretty stiff and curved when shipped in rolls, any way that you connect it, there is some stress at the adapter. The flimsy nature of the plastic is not reassuring. My confidence is low that this thing is not going to spring a leak on me in the future.
One of the great things about PEX is that you can get rid of so many connections, reducing the potential for leaks. But, because all your lines terminate at plastic adapters that seal with rubber washers, the result is like connecting up a bunch of garden hoses. Like garden hoses, you have to get things just right for a leak free connection.
Margins must be huge on this product. There can't be more than $60 worth of parts. At $100, I might give it 3 stars. At almost $300, I feel like a fool for buying it. It was the only painful part of replumbing our entire house with PEX.
But, it is installed and, at least for now, leak free; you can make this thing work if you really want to, but your time and money is probably better spent on any alternative.
May 24, 2012