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Best Flaring and or Swaging Tools

Here are some of the best ones:

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  • MASTERCOOL (71700 Black Hydraulic Flaring and Swaging Tool

It arrived in perfect condition, brand new, and complete. Since I began using it, it has performed admirably cleanly and with high quality (expansion and flare).

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The only thing that struck me was that the 7/8 inch die lacks the grimaces where the T-key is tightened; I’m not sure if this is by design or because no such grimaces were machined.

MASTERCOOL (71700 Black Hydraulic Flaring and Swaging Tool

However, it works extremely well, is an excellent tool for performing high-quality work, and I’ve been quite pleased with the product thus far.

  • ARES 18010 – Universal Hydraulic Flaring Tool Set – Create 45 Degree Single or Double Flares, ISO and DIN Bubble Flares, Push Connect Flares and GM Fuel Line Flares

It performs its function admirably. So far, I’ve only used the double 1/4, double 3/16, but they work flawlessly. Every time, the perfect flare.

This kit is identical to the one Robinair and another technician in the shop have. I’ve made at least 100 flares thus far and they work flawlessly.

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Having made thousands of double flares over the course of 45 years, this is by far the BEST flare tool I’ve ever used. Simple and quick to use.

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Each time, perfect single, double, and bubble flares. The only benchmark against which this one can be measured is commercial units costing thousands of dollars. Ideal for auto restoration projects as well as large retail establishments.

With this tool, fabricating your own brake and fuel lines is a breeze. Excellent work, Ares and Amazon.

  • Hilmor Orbital Flare Kit with 1⁄8″ – 1-3⁄8″ Tubing Cutter, Pen Style Deburring Tool & Storage Case, Black & Green, FTOK 1937685

It performs its function admirably. So far, I’ve only used the double 1/4, double 3/16, but they work flawlessly. Every time, the perfect flare.

This kit is identical to the one Robinair and another technician in the shop have. I’ve made at least 100 flares thus far and they work flawlessly.

Having made thousands of double flares over the course of 45 years, this is by far the BEST flare tool I’ve ever used. Simple and quick to use.

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Each time, perfect single, double, and bubble flares. The only benchmark against which this one can be measured are commercial units costing thousands of dollars. Ideal for auto restoration projects as well as large retail establishments.

With this tool, fabricating your own brake and fuel lines is a breeze. Excellent work, Ares and Amazon.

  • Yellow Jacket 60295 Flaring Tool with Eccentric Cone, 45 DEG, 3/16 to 3/4 in

I needed to shorten and flare the refrigerant lines on my new R410a mini-split air conditioner. Because the unit operates at relatively high pressures,

I needed to ensure that my flares were effective. I chose not to use my older, less expensive flaring tool because this was a “one-cut” situation and I needed to get it right.

However, I did not want to pay a fortune for an AC service technician.

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I practiced on scrap 1/4″ and 3/8″ copper tubing until I was reasonably proficient, including the required 1 – 1.5mm extract length. After a while, I became proficient.

It appeared to be beneficial to use Nylog to lubricate the eccentric cone’s business end and to move slowly and steadily.

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Additionally, I was very careful to make my tubing cuts without applying excessive pressure to the cutting tool and deburring the cut ends carefully.

I discovered that the outer circumference of all flares tended to have a slightly rough edge. I would gently smooth this with a find stone and then clean everything with alcohol.

I used Rectorseal Sealtite auxiliary seals with a Locktite Vibratite coating rather than the standard Nylog sealant for final assembly.

If you’re a do-it-yourselfer, keep in mind that this is SAE. Many of the piping sets included with minisplits are metric.

I purchased this at the same time as my minisplit, only to discover that I was unable to use it. And YJ does not produce one in metric.

To obtain metric, visit an autozone and obtain the loaner tool 27012. I just tried that and after a few tries,

I ended up with very clean flares. Simply add a few drops of refrigerant oil, such as nylog blue, to the cone and team the pipe properly.

It was not the seller’s fault that I placed the incorrect order. The tool appears to be solid and was delivered promptly; I’m sure I’ll use it at some point.

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The Advantages of Using a Spin Tool

The primary advantage of this type of tool is its speed. Manufacturers of these tools claim that they can set up a swage/flare block up to ten times faster than a traditional swage/flare block.

Additionally, portability is a strong selling point for these. Remove these from their hard case and place a complete flare and swage set in a canvas or nylon tool pouch; they will take up little to no space in your bag or truck.

Cost – When compared to some of the alternatives on the market, the spin tools are quite affordable.

Navac sells a battery-powered flaring tool for close to $700, and Hilmor sells a hydraulic swage tool for between $300 and $700, depending on the kit.

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There are, of course, more traditional options such as eccentric flaring blocks and swage kits that are comparable in price to the spin tools but require significantly more setup time.

The Disadvantages of Using a Spin Tool

They necessitate the use of a drill with sufficient power. If you look at the sale brochures for any of these manufacturers, they will state that you can “use with any drill*.” When you delve a little deeper into that asterisk, you’ll discover that it’s compatible with any drill that satisfies the minimum requirements.

These specifications are typically 18 volts and 1800 revolutions per minute for cordless drills and 500 watts and 1800 revolutions per minute for corded drills.

Ease of use – this could be a pro or a con depending on your perspective. While they are simple to use, it is somewhat difficult to obtain high-quality flares and swages with these tools.

While the swage is much more forgiving, the flare is extremely easy to begin at an angle or off-center, which can result in an undesirable outcome.

Personally, I use only the swage and am skeptical of flares. You might have better fortune than I do.

The smaller sizes operate with significantly greater reliability than the larger sizes. As you can see in the video above, nearly all five tools I used struggled with the largest 7/8″ swage. I was astounded that the 12v impact could run the swage and outperformed all the others.

Conclusion

If you’re an HVAC technician or plumber in need of a tool to perform the occasional flare or swage, this is probably a great addition to your toolbox.

If you’re looking for something to run hundreds of flares and swage joints, I’d recommend one of the other tools I mentioned earlier.

As you can see from the video, I’m not sure a drill could withstand the repeated abuse of running multiple swages in rapid succession.

Author: Howard S. Baldwin

My name is Howard S. Baldwin. I am a work-at-home dad to three lovely girls, Jane + Hannah + Beauty. I have been blogging for the last 3 years. I worked for other Home and Lifetsyle blogs, did hundreds of product reviews and buyers’ guides. Prior to that, I was a staff accountant at a big accounting firm. Needless to say, researching and numbers are my passion. My goal is to be an informative source for any topic that relates to DIY life and homemaking.

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