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ciscokid
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Posts: 73
From: Cleveland, TN
Registered: Jul 2001

posted 01-25-2003 09:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ciscokid     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Anyone know where to get a GOOD double-flaring tool used for making SAE flares on 3/16" brake lines? I bought one from Eastwood and the tube guide post snapped off the flare adapter the FIRST TIME I used it :mad Cheap crap. I need a GOOD one.

Thanks.

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Just Strokin
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From: Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Registered: Dec 2001

posted 01-28-2003 01:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Just Strokin   Click Here to Email Just Strokin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've had my Imperial-Eastman for 25+ years and like you, I have broken the teat on the 3/16 twice, once when I first got it and just last week.

You can get the piece if you can find a place that will order them for you. I ordered 2 when I first broke mine. So, breaking it last week, didn't hinder me as I still had the spare after all these years. Try Grainger and see if they can order you a new pieve.

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NoBS
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posted 01-29-2003 05:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for NoBS     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm not familiar with Eastwood double flair tools, I went to their site, looked at the picture ..... Yeah, it would work but,

It can't compare to the Ridgid. But then it does cost a bunch more. I think I paid between $65 and $75. (But then the Ridgid comes with a tube cutter. It's not an 'add on'.)

What I like most about the Ridgid is the way the screw part clamps, aligns and indexes to the tube holding part. This pretty much eliminates misalignment that results in broken tool posts.

Don't forget to lube the mandrel (?) before starting the flair, makes it much easier.

Addendum:

I went to Grainger.Com, the flair kit I got is a 345DL/150. And they want $82.95. Which may be closer to what I paid 4 or 5 years ago. ?? Can't remember everything.

Anyhow, $82.95 is the Grainger and Tool Truck price, I suspect it could be had for a bit less if you found one at a different source.

While at the Ridgid site verifying my information I made the mistake of clicking the 'next page' button .... HHmmmmmmmmm ... Series 400 tube benders .... I MUST RESIST!

Resistance is Futile

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68F100
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From: Fort Madison, Iowa USA - United We Stand
Registered: Oct 99

posted 01-30-2003 07:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68F100   Click Here to Email 68F100     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ridgid makes some nice tools.

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ciscokid
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From: Cleveland, TN
Registered: Jul 2001

posted 01-31-2003 09:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ciscokid     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks everyone. I don't mind paying more for something that is truely superior in quality. In general, you get what you pay for, and I think that is especially true with tools. I looked at the Rigid at Grainger and I agree it looks like a nice set. I'll give it a shot.

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CAPTAIN CLAMHEAD
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From: DETROIT MI
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posted 02-20-2003 05:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for CAPTAIN CLAMHEAD     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
THE KREMMEL TRIPLE FLARING TOOL IS THE OEM DETROIT STANDARD ACTUALLY.

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Hemikiller
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From: Clinton, CT
Registered: Feb 2002

posted 02-25-2003 06:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hemikiller   Click Here to Email Hemikiller     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
CiscoKid: I have the Snap-on double flaring set. I've had it for about 7 years now. Since I was the lowest guy in the shop I worked in, I always got to re-brakeline the rusty cars. I got pretty damn good at it, and normally I started with a 25ft roll of 3/16" tube and a box of line nuts and went from there. I've probably done 15-20 complete cars with this tool, and it is the best I have ever used. If you find a local Snapon truck, show the guy some green, and the price will drop a bit. This may be the same as other brands, but it's the one I have experience with, so I know it's good. While you're at it, get yourself two or three extra mandrels for 3/16 as they do break. Oh, the hardest thing to remember is to but the line nut on BEFORE you flare the tube...LOL. Good luck, and happy flaring.....

www.snapon.com

stock number is TF528D

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