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    Default Milwaukee ProPex Expander Tool

    Pro's or Joes -

    Anybody have any long term feedback on the Milwaukee Propex Tool.
    I just bought it. I'm a weekend warrior and I don't run Pex all day. Or every weekend.
    Just on sporadic remodels and the only application for Pex by code for me right now, is just the baseboards.
    Just due to how I am installing my baseboards (flush on the wall, no feed coming *up* from the floor or the sides) I got the tool
    to facilitate/ease the speed required for these installs as it's tolerances on timing due to how they are getting installed is very short.

    I already have the Uponor manual kit. I'm thinking about flipping this on ****.
    Not sure if there is any reason to keep it, just short of having a backup should the Milwaukee go bad....when I need it.

    For those familiar with tool, love to hear how it's reliability.
    I have read numerous blurbs about it not working if the heads get wet, but aside from that, that is the only negative I've come across.

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    Well, I did it. As much as I love german/etc tooling, (uponor manual kit was made in France), I flipped the thing on e bay and it sold quick !
    As much as e bay has declined over the years (a different diatribe), I actually sold the thing for $150 MORE than what I paid for it.
    At the end of the day, with the net profit I made, I actually did not end up spending more money for the powered Milwaukee unit. Go figure

    The only time I have sold things more than what I paid for are my Nikon glass or watches.

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    Way to go! I was hoping for some feedback on the Milwaukee...

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    I don't know how long it will last, but it's way easier than the hand tool. I like the light on it too.

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    I am just a DIY but I love my 12 volt Milwaukee propex expander

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    I will report in about a month on the M12 model

    A couple years ago I did a barn with the manual tool and after about the 50'th fitting I hurt from a couple muscles I didn't know I had.

    The manual tool was loaned to me. If I was more then a DIYer, and owned it, I'd still keep it. Hate to be on a job and have something
    like the motor crap out.

    -pete

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    I'm finding these from just over $200 at Home depot to $800 (less my discount) at local supplier. Now that's just crazy! Is there a difference?

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    The base or tool only M12 is $200, the kit is $400 and the M18 kit it $700

    Maybe the one at your supplier/jobber is the M18 ?

    -pete

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    Anyone using the Viega pro press tools and fittings on a regular basis?
    They look great but the price of the press tool and the fact you need different dies for copper and steel pipe makes it a bit out of my range for now.
    Think that type of fitting will dominate the market eventually?
    I was in Germany for 2 1/2 months and almost every plumbing I saw in a few hotels and a new construction home was all done with those press fittings.

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    Just don't see it practical for residential plumbing. My supplier has a limited stock, and I rarely see them move. Germans tend to complicate things & make a situation more about the procedure than the result. JMHO

    Quote Originally Posted by houptee View Post
    Anyone using the Viega pro press tools and fittings on a regular basis?
    They look great but the price of the press tool and the fact you need different dies for copper and steel pipe makes it a bit out of my range for now.
    Think that type of fitting will dominate the market eventually?
    I was in Germany for 2 1/2 months and almost every plumbing I saw in a few hotels and a new construction home was all done with those press fittings.

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    Back to the propex expander, are you finding situations where there just no room to use the expander? At least with crimp rings, you have the option of using an oetiker in cramped situations, and event that's tough sometimes.

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