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Propress or Xpress

James Day_2
James Day_2 Member Posts: 191
I found several posts from a few years ago on the different style fittings.  I just purchased the Ridgid press tool and wondering which fitting to stock.  Just wanted some more recent opinions.  The xpress seems to be quite a bit cheaper.  Is the quality that much different or are they pretty close.    Thanks,  James


  • vabartndr
    vabartndr Member Posts: 1


    We are a stocking Distributor and realigned about a year ago to stock only Viega Propress fittings. I have some guys who swear by only using the Viega, part of the reason we consolidated. The price isn't terribly different from what I am seeing- obviously we won't discuss specifics so we stay inline with Forum rules. Ridgid and Viega are going to call the whole solution Propress- make your choice on Marketing Hype.

    Bottom line- I used Propress in my house for water and for some of my gas.

    hope that helps

  • Robert O'Brien
    Robert O'Brien Member Posts: 3,541
    A supplier

    Used to stock both and I used them interchangeably for a couple years with no issue. Apollo and Nibco have ads for pressfittings,but I've. Never seen them in person
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  • James Day_2
    James Day_2 Member Posts: 191

    Do you Need the compact kit to connect the propress fittings directly to baseboard or will the 330b fit inside to make the crimp?
  • wholesalerbill
    wholesalerbill Member Posts: 20

    I sell both the Viega fittings and use the X-press as a back up. I've seen other manufacturers product of press fittings too. Bar none the Viega is still the best in quality and customer support. Apollo only makes the pro-press ball valves. The reason the X-Press is cheaper is well.....I shouldn't have to answer that. Ya get what you pay for. The Viega XL-C in the 2-1/2 - 4" is a tad cheaper than the XL fitting. The XL-C is a wrought fitting while the XL is a heavier duty cast fitting and shorter radius than the XL-C. From 1/2" to 2" they're all wrought.
  • YinzersNation
    YinzersNation Member Posts: 1
    Viega or elkhart Apollo xpress

    As far as the get what you pay for in the xpress comment. I am a Apollo Xpress rep and the xpress has more leak paths for safety than the viega and it is less because it is priced economically to the market . The technology is exactly the same. If it wasnt you couldnt use the same tool. I am also a licensed master plumber in several states
  • JamesBlack
    JamesBlack Member Posts: 1

    I have started using G-Press from Tyco/Grinnell. It is exactly like Viega. I used the Express product and had a massive failure. Their leak path did not work. My guy forgot to crimp the joint and the system passed the air test anyway. 3 weeks later...it gives way and I have a major insurance claim. So thank for that Apollo guy!

    Viega Is too expensive. I am buying G-Press for @ 7-10% less. I also buy my Groove products from Grinnell too.


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  • gennady
    gennady Member Posts: 839

    I m using x-press for 3 years, no leaks.
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