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I've got to get better tools, the cheap crap ain't working!

What the word on a decent brake flaring tool set, kit that cost less than this "Flare Pro 4 in 1 Flaring and Swaging Tool"... damn near $unobtainium kit I found on Eastwood? I'm tring to not be as cheap as I know I am, but its hard to let go of that kind of money for something I use once every few years. Yes, I know that if I get it, I'll likely find more reasons to use it, but it's still hard to raid the kids college fund for non-power tools.
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harbor freight, coast, auto zone red box specials. You get 2 - maybe - 3 good flares,.... then realize I forgot to put on the fitting, or cut it too short...after enough frustration, the kit collects dust for a year or so, before disappearing in the alternate universe of dark spaces in the garage by the next time you go looking for it. I'm not 100% sure, but I think they are hidding in the same place where missing socks from the dryer hide out.

....Any recommendations for something that will last, will work and maybe keep me sane? It's hot out where I live and my temper is climbing too. One more hot day, another screwwed up flare fitting and I'm taking out "the list". Then moving up to the high country when I'm done... I haven't read any stories about postal workers in a while. 'Tis the season....

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-26-2006, 09:18 AM
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I paid 70 for my Snap-on set 2 yrs ago. However, it desnt do the AN fittings. That setup looks nice, but it sure is steep

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WAAAAAAAAY Steep.... You would spend less over the course of your lifetime going to Harbor Freight everytime you need a kit... Seriously man!
Sears for $29-35.00 or Harbor for $19.00 or the Travelling Cummins truck for $4 to 9.00 bucks for a kit.


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Thats not way steep, no cheapo will do both flares. Cheapo ones will do brake lines but not AN fittings

You get what you pay for, and to get a good tool to do both styles it gets expensive. Cheap tools do ****ty work when you are counting on them, or they break and take something with it

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Cheap flare tools I`ve seen make crappy flares. Oblong and leaky. Buy a good one.
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I have an Imperial double flaring tool that I bought at a swap meet that is the best double flaring tool that I have used. I have tried flaring tools from General,Craftsman,Home Depot,Tool World,Autozone,Pep Boys,Harbor Freight and others, and they were absolute junk. They all make decent flares, but the part of the tool that you clamp on the line does not hold, and when you start flaring, the line is pushed right out of the tool. My 37 degree tool is a Rigid that is a good brand. I have also had good luck with Matco and Snap On flaring tools. Junk in, junk out.

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I have an Imperial double flaring tool that I bought at a swap meet that is the best double flaring tool that I have used. I have tried flaring tools from General,Craftsman,Home Depot,Tool World,Autozone,Pep Boys,Harbor Freight and others, and they were absolute junk. They all make decent flares, but the part of the tool that you clamp on the line does not hold, and when you start flaring, the line is pushed right out of the tool. My 37 degree tool is a Rigid that is a good brand. I have also had good luck with Matco and Snap On flaring tools. Junk in, junk out.
one way I found the cheep one will get the job done- had to as didnt have alternate available one day...tube was pushing out- anyway, clamp one side of the split 'clamp' in your bench vise, as to 'crush it together, as close to the flaring head as possible, tighten it down hard, worked for me- did half a dozen flares one day this way, after messing up several attempts- it does suck that a better tool is not available reasonably priced...a buddy has the snap on, looks similar design(surely much better materials) but still, seems there ought to be a easier method.
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No help on the double flare, but I recently purchased a Rigid for putting 37 degree flares on my injector lines and the rest of my fuel system. Actually worked better on the stainless than it did on the aluminum but it did both very well. No splits, cracks or leaks. Counting the SS braided lines this car has 40 fuel system connections and not an inch of rubber hose.

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I got my flare kit from KD tools several years ago. Think it was about $45? Has worked great for me. I also tried some of the cheap ones. Junk! I have loaned the KD flare kit out a couple of times. I have had no complaints.
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