Solderless Copper Pipe Joining with press tools

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Solderless copper jointing Systems

If you are in the plumbing or refrigeration industries you most likely will know about modern solderless copper jointing systems like "BPRESS" "KEMBLA " "VIEGA"
"EZIPRESS " "NIBCO" "VULKAN" ETC...
If you don't already know this guide will help inform you of this fantastic technology that is revolutionising the plumbing and refrigeration industries.

Copper press fittings are the new norm for joining of copper pipe for gas and water . The advantages are there is no need for Oxy-Acetylene welding equipment saving time , money and human labour of transporting and lugging around expensive equipment that contain dangerous gases when exposed to heat . Press Fittings are also very safe to used around items that can catch on fire . I remember seeing on numerous occasion my old boss burning timber and insulation when soldering not to mention the amount of times he has burnt himself .

Bpress ,Viega and Kembla are the major brands of copper press fittings in Australia and worldwide but as I write this article there are other brands already coming on to the market like Ezipress .I believe this will grow as technology spreads in developing nations and more plumbing and trade related entrepeneurs jump on board when they see dollar signs and opportunity flashing .

At the Moment the moment there are a plethora of copper press fitting manufacturers
coming out of China which will naturally with time bring down the prices of the fittings through economic principles of demand and supply.



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Disadvantages

Like every cloud has a silver lining the inverse is the norm with every positive having some sort of negative . With copper press systems it is the price of the pressing tools that are always ridiculously priced costing thousands and often making it simply unaffordable for the general plumber or the DIY handy person unless they use copper press systems everyday .Most of the Tools are Cordless Hydraulic Lithium ion made by "MILWAUKEE" or "ROTHENBERGER" and simply overpriced. It simply makes no economical sense to buy a tool worth $3500  to only use a few times a year .

Most plumbers are familiar with PEX pipe joining systems like AUSPEX and Profit K1 K2 which use  a similar press system where a copper ring is pressed around a PEX pipe that join onto a brass fitting .The compressed copper ring gives the pressure needed to seal the PEX pipe to the brass fitting .With PEX pipe joining systems often referred to as "Plastic" it is very common to use after market manual pressing tools that are much more affordable and economically viable to use .

As the copper pipe pressing industry matures manual pressing tools have come onto existence and onto the market like the "EPRESS" making joining of copper press systems for the general plumber , handyman and DIY enthusiast or any tradesman or builder or even artist who needs to press ,repair or join copper pipe .
Epress Jaws pressing Viega/Bpress/Kempress copper Fittings
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Epress Jaws pressing Viega/Bpress/Kempress copper Fittings
Top is Bpress fitting middle is Auspex Pex fitting and Duopex Bushpex Pex Al fitting on the end .
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Top is Bpress fitting middle is Auspex Pex fitting and Duopex Bushpex Pex Al fitting on the end .

The Versatility of the Epress

The EPRESS tool is very affordable and extremely versatile being able to press most fittings in Australia . The Press head/jaw can be fitted with different pressing dies/profiles with different sizes making it one of the most complete pressing tools on the market .The EPRESS has telescopic handles that extend to give more leverage up to 6 tons of pressure while pressing . Conversely the handles can be made shorter for when space is at a minimum in cramped areas .
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Not only can the EPRESS crimp copper and PEX systems it can also be fitted with dies to crimp PEX Al systems like GASPEX ,DUOPEX and BUSHPEX .Making this the most complete crimper / press tool on the market . So Stop getting ripped off start saving time and money and get your self a an EPRESS today and get the job done!
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