Rated 3.4 out of 5 by 8
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Squirrel Good Small Pex Hand Crimp Tool
This is a great little tool if you only have a few crimps to do or have one or two between joists or in a tight spot that your crimp tool or cinch tool can't get into. I had one and thought I would give this tool a try and it worked just fine. Like other reviews I used my 10" Vise Grips with this and did a test clamp out in the open and it worked like a charm. I did it in 3 steps and done. Yes you do have to re-set your vise grips and I wouldn't want to do a whole house with it but it works just fine. Very substantial and it served it's purpose. I only used it on the 1/2" size and I normally use the cinch rings but this is just fine if you don't want to spend the money on the big tool.
December 20, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by HDDIY Easy to use and worked great
For small jobs this id ideal. I had 9 crimps to make and all sealed just fine. It was simple to use. The included gague is nice as well for a little reassurance. Instructions are listed on the HD website or on the app. Just click the Overview tab and scroll to the bottom and click "Instalation Guide" the one on the picture looks a little different but functions the same.
You do need a full sized 10 vise grip smaller will not work. I went in small steps I closed the vise grips then opened them turned them a little tighter and closed again about 10 times till it was all the way crimped.
June 29, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by D1819 DON'T DO IT - Save yourself the frustration
I ran several circuits, hot and cold, using SharkBite PEX line and SharkBite connectors and this tool. One circuit was half inch and included 14 connectors with 28 crimping rings. Two circuits were 3/4 inch, each with approximately 15 connectors and 35 crimping rings.
All connections were checked with the go/no-go gauge and passed. I pressure tested the lines by pumping in 25 psi of air. The 1/2 inch circuit held fine. On one 3/4" circuit I was able to identify some leaking junctions with soapy water. I replaced those. However, both 3/4" circuits now leak out about 2 psi per hour. At that low rate of seepage, it is impossible to identify the leaky junctions with soapy water. This has already cost me two days of troubleshooting, and the problem is not resolved.
I have built entire houses before and rehab'd 15 homes plus have other substantial construction experience.
July 22, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by BSC Super versatile
I'm not a professional plumber, but I've used several different brands of the typical full-size long-handled PEX crimpers on many different projects. In my opinion this is a great purchase as both a stand-alone tool and as the perfect complement to a pair of long-handled crimpers.
The other day I was in a jam had to remove and re-install my water heater. Unfortunately my PEX crimpers were 2.5 hours away so I bought these and *hoped* they would work. They do!
What I've found is that while full-size crimpers are great, there are occasions where you just don't have the room to get in tight spots with them. That's where this tool shines.
As others have pointed out, the instructions are pretty terrible and don't specifically say to use locking vice-grip style pliers, but they are definitely required and you'll need at least a 10" pair to get the jaws on to an un-crimped 3/4" ring. Don't try to use anything else, it just won't work.
Other than that, you really don't need instructions - just look at the tool markings and use common sense. This thing will crimp 3 common sizes - 3/8" and 1/2" on the first side, then you twist the halves over for 3/4" on the other. The built-in Go/No-go gauge is SO CONVENIENT and a real time saver since you can just pop it right on after each crimp without completely removing the tool. One side is go, the other is no go. Easy to check them both in about 2 seconds.
One other thing that I like is being able to 'set' loose crimp rings by hand. I used to just smack them with whatever hard object I had nearby or squeeze them slightly with pliers to stop them from moving around on the PEX pipe/fitting - but with this tool I just put a quick hand tight squeeze on the ring and it stays put. It's then very easy to re-align them in the same spot for the final crimp so as not to squeeze the ring unevenly from several different spots.
The other benefit with the small size is that it's easy to observe the alignment make sure you're getting a good even crimp. I've found this very difficult to do with full size crimpers.
They do take a bit more time to use so you probably wouldn't want to do a whole house re-pipe with them (even though you could), but they definitely get the job done, they fit in your pocket and they're extremely versatile for close quarters work.
All things considered, there's really no reason not to purchase this tool if a) you need PEX crimpers for a quick 3/8-3/4" job - or b) if you work with PEX a lot and need something to get in to tight spots.
Overall, I'm very pleased. This is an essential.
September 24, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Carver Waste of money
This is a waste of money, buck up and spend the $60 for a reliable tool .
March 2, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by sb great tool for small jobs
I bought this tool for small repairs and didn't want spend a lot of money. I could not be more pleased with this tool. works great with large channel lock pliers. No regrets on this purchase.
February 6, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Zeke does the job, but you also need 10" Vise Grips
If you only have a few connections or they are in tight places, this little crimper works fine. But, you absolutely need to use it with 10" Vise Grips (nothing smaller). Channel Lock pliers, no matter how big, won't work. I had to find this out online because that info is not with the product (or even on the Sharkbite website). Used this in my camper to replace a few old polybutylene connex with PEX. Built in go- no-go feature a plus.
July 8, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by SLO15 Not user friendly
I used a pair of 15" channel-locks with this and still couldn't get the ring to consistently seat properly. Went back and cut them off and paid for Sharkbite fittings. I definitely don't recommend this tool!
May 22, 2015