Pass on the Torch. Press-on plumbing fittings install fast, don't require a dry pipe, and make torches unnecessary. Stanley Virax's new pressing tool works with Viega's ProPress, NIBCO's Press System, and Elkhart's XPRESS fittings. It has the fastest cycle time and longest runtime of any cordless pressing tool, says the maker. It comes in two versions: the M20+ — for 1/2- to 1-inch pipe — and the P20+, for 1/2- to 2-inch pipe. The M20+ costs about $1,500. Stanley Virax, 800/827-7558.

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