Pipe and hose pressing tools are used to apply a large, circumferential compressive force to quickly create liquid-tight connections in metal and plastic fluid-handling systems.
A large force is applied in a short burst, with 360-degrees or close contact to the outer diameter of the deformable target material, and a crimping action is made by the pipe and hose pressing tool. The deformable material is usually a metal, like copper, that holds its shape and provides a residual compressive force to create the liquid-tight connection. An example of using pipe and hose pressing tools can be seen in pressing (crimping) copper rings for the joining of fittings to cross-linked polyethylene (PEX) tubing in potable and heating water systems. These pipe and hose pressing tools can also be used to directly press or deform metal piping on its outer diameter to join specialty fittings in pipefitting applications.
Pipe and hose pressing tools are generally classified as powered, cross-linked polyethylene (PEX) tubing tools, copper pipe tools, as well as tools designed for specialty fittings.
Pipe and hose pressing tools with patented jaw stabilization technology, battery operated electro-hydraulic drives, and with variable speed advance triggers are also commonly available. These pipe and hose pressing tools generally have jaws made from galvanized steel, which resists rust and corrosion and prevents copper buildup. The jaws are connected to a 360-degree rotating head for optimal reach and efficiency, and a narrow body that gives end users more maneuvering room in cramped spaces. The universal jaw mount of pipe and hose pressing tools makes the jaws interchangeable with other standard industrial jaws.
Battery-powered pipe and hose pressing tools are widely used across many areas due to its ease of usage. Pipe and hose pressing tools can be used for pipe fitting, hose fitting, tube fitting, potable water systems, as well as water heating systems.
Pipe and hose pressing tools are faster than soldering, and take as little as seconds to join two pieces of tubing, regardless of size. Also, users don’t have to carry solder, flux, pastes, or other items to a jobsite; they simply need the pressing tool and the appropriate fittings.