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Old 10-07-2018, 01:58 AM   #1
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Hey guys (gal's) my apologies if this has already been covered but I searched back and didn't see it. I'm taking the plunge and starting my own business, mostly remodel, service and smaller houses if I can get them. I'm in the process of tooling up and am looking to get either the milwaukee m12 propress or the m18 as I am pretty heavily tooled up with the m18 fuel stuff. My thoughts are that the m12 obviously less expensive and get in tighter spots also would be enough to handle 90% of residential work but still limits possible work. On the other hand the m18 is a heafty investment (with all the heads) but crimps all sizes the 12 will plus 1-1/2" and 2" plus the ability to get the heads to do gas (black iron) in the future. Having the ability to crimp a fitting into an existing gas line can be a real time saver, I have used the rigid mega press for gas with my previous employer. Not looking for the sweat vs press debate, just looking for some second opinions or thought on rationalizing the purchase.
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Old 10-07-2018, 10:15 AM   #2
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I have tried the M18 one time pressing 3". The 18 Will also press 4" I believe.
Unless you work on bigger commercial I would not bother with the 18 at least not for now.

The 18 is heavy and big and in the last 5 years time I have only used a 2" press 2 times and an 1-1/2" press maybe 3-4 times.

The 12 is light weight compared to the 18 and smaller so it can get in almost anywhere. The 12 goes up to 1-1/4" copper but I don't know about black iron. Black iron we normally just screw on an cast fitting and go flexible line from there but we don't do much gas line.

I would definitely go with the M12 unless you see yourself pressing a lot of 1-1/2" or bigger or a lot of black iron. If you almost only will do residential and not a lot of black iron the 12 is the way to go.

Don't get me wrong, the 18 is a great machine but it's big and heavy and is more specialised for big commercial jobs and that is where it shines.

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Thanks "The Dane", I probably will get the 12v in the end but will still struggle with the thought that I'm tying my hands a bit by not having the ability to expand to gas and bigger pipe if needed. I can work the cost out to about $1000 difference between it and the 12v as I have a 10% off and Home Depot has the 18 with the heads for 3099 and they're throwing in a deep cut fuel band saw w/battery. I would sell the band saw as I already have one and shave another 300 off. decisions.....desicions.....
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I completely get what you are saying. I am starting to slowly tool up and get ready myself for starting my own business in 1.5-2 years from now. If you think you would use the bigger sizes often enough then go for the 18.

I would not do much gas line that could not be cast and not much big press stuff. For that reason I would just live with the rare little bit of black iron threading or couple of 1-1/2" 2" sweat fittings over dealing with the extra weight and size all the time for normal small size service work. Or just rent the bigger press machine from the supply house for a day.

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I second the M12 propress. I think the M18 is great but like stated unless you are doing a lot of commercial work, the M18 would be a pain to lug around all day. The M12 can get into tighter spots than the M18.
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I have the 12. I do 99% residential service. My supply house will loan me the big gun if needed.

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I've had problems with Rigid and Milwaukee propresses, but I would say that Rigid is definitely the better option. Every Milwaukee I have ever used struggles to do more than one press without having to reset the battery and/or jaws. Rigids have the same problems, just not as often in my experience.

My next press tool will either be Viega, Dewalt, or Makita. I still expect the same trouble but might as well try something new.
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I've had problems with Rigid and Milwaukee propresses, but I would say that Rigid is definitely the better option. Every Milwaukee I have ever used struggles to do more than one press without having to reset the battery and/or jaws. Rigids have the same problems, just not as often in my experience.

My next press tool will either be Viega, Dewalt, or Makita. I still expect the same trouble but might as well try something new.
Makita one is what we use at work(we have one rigid), and by far the makita kicks ass. It will press a lot of fittings before you need to change the battery. I have very few if any resets to do on the jaws.
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I think Ridgid’s 12v press tool is rated for 1/2” and 3/4” black iron. That’s my only hang up on deciding between that and the Milwaukee 12v.


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I started a few years ago with the large Ridgid press and now all of my guys have the smaller Ridgid 18v press. The large press now sits at the shop as a backup and for larger jobs.
Added a 2" bypass at a restaurant this week for $2800. In at 6 am, out at 930 am. Press, press, press, done.
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