POLYMELT America’s German-made PP-R piping systems are very different from traditional metallic pipes and fittings—different enough to perform the same jobs in a superior fashion, in most cases. While our pipes are much lighter than metallic pipes, putting less strain on workers during installation, they also require different tools than metallic pipes to cut and fit. That makes some builders and contractors nervous. After all, who wants to buy a whole new set of tools?
That nervousness usually doesn’t last beyond a simple demonstration of how simple and easy it is to fabricate and install POLYMELT PP-R piping systems. Ever cut a metal pipe with shears before? With PP-R, it’s possible—and fun, too. Our larger-dimension products can also be resized using more traditional pipe cutters.
Our tool partners at McElroy, Widos, and Ritmo offer full lines of tools and equipment designed to work perfectly with our pipes and fittings, including spanners, adapters, shavers, and more. But the equipment most engineers and contractors want to know about when they’re familiarizing themselves with our PP-R products is undoubtedly the thermal fusion tools.
Thermal fusion is superior to traditional pipe welding in many ways. It doesn’t require any open flames or permits, and it creates a solid bond that’s at least as strong as the pipe itself, for example. In order to benefit from these advantages, of course, builders must get their hands on equipment capable of butt-fusion and socket-fusion. Our tool partners listed above offer many excellent options for just such work. Fusion tools for smaller-diameter pipes are typically hand-held; tools for larger pipes are bench-mounted. Because fusion tools get very hot, we recommend builders wear heat-protective gloves and clothing when using them.
If you’d like to know more about the appropriate tools for your next PP-R pipe installation project, contact the experts. Visit our contact page to ask questions or set up a free consultation on your specific needs.