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  1. #1
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    Does anyone own the YJ hydrulic tube expander/swager tool?

    I don't mean the one with the real long handles that you really have to work at to make a swGE.

    i'LL TRY TO FIND A LINK



    HERE IT IS http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=...9QEwBQ&dur=797



    tHIS TOOL IS ONE HANDED OPERATION AND i HAD NO TROUBLE SWAGEING A 7/8 COPPER TUBE.

    I got it on sale at Johnestone for $299.00 and had to wait a few week to get it...pretty popular tool!

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    We use it and also like it

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    3/8 ths tend to crack. Go very slow. I use it all the time.
    Doug

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    Guy I work with has one an I borrow it a lot. Like slinger said you have to be nice to the 3/8 line. I'd live to have one but it's just not practical for me to buy....

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    We have had the one with the long handles for years and like it a lot. Between it and my ratcheting tubing bender, I rarely use any fittings, and use a lot less brazing materials.

    I've been looking at getting the hydraulic version, but wanted to find out where it is manufactured first.
    If it is made in China, I'll either hold onto my money, or buy the set for over $100 less from the Chinese manufacturer I suspect makes the one for YJ.

    If you already have the lever action tubing expander, YJ sells a kit with just the hydraulic cylinder and new case that holds the cylinder and all the heads from the lever style kit.
    If more government is the answer, then it's a really stupid question.

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    Johnstone says taiwan/china as country of origin
    I'd also be interested in the lesser priced version!!!

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    Mastercool makes a hydraulic version that is much better for the 3/8 size. The one I have is an import knock off. Make sure you debur the copper before you try to swedge. For the 3/8 copper, I use a swedger that is similiar to the flare tool.
    Doug

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    All I want is a #60497 kit for my van, and a #60494 upgrade kit for the lever one we have, but I can't find the #6097 kit for sale anywhere, not even online.
    http://www.yellowjacket.com/sites/de...ec%20Sheet.pdf

    I've got plenty of tubing cutters and reamers, and don't need the 1 3/8 and 1 5/8 heads.
    If more government is the answer, then it's a really stupid question.

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    man it's so hard to squeeze those handles together!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 71CHOPS View Post
    man it's so hard to squeeze those handles together!!
    The biggest issue is how much clearance you need to use the lever type tool, but there is also the old "work smarter, not harder" aspect.
    If more government is the answer, then it's a really stupid question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mark beiser View Post
    All I want is a #60497 kit for my van, and a #60494 upgrade kit for the lever one we have, but I can't find the #6097 kit for sale anywhere, not even online.
    http://www.yellowjacket.com/sites/de...ec%20Sheet.pdf

    I've got plenty of tubing cutters and reamers, and don't need the 1 3/8 and 1 5/8 heads.
    Johnstone had them in their flyer.

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    I just came in from swedgeing 1 1/8" copper with one hand.

    And i tried 3/8 too, it did not split.

    That is probably just a problem with the two handle model.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hvaclover View Post
    Johnstone had them in their flyer.
    Jmart will sell to the public in my area, so I avoid them unless they are the only available option for something, which is exceedingly rare.

    Quote Originally Posted by hvaclover View Post
    I just came in from swedgeing 1 1/8" copper with one hand.

    And i tried 3/8 too, it did not split.

    That is probably just a problem with the two handle model.
    I think the 3/8 splitting may only be a problem for people that try to expand it all in one go. I've been using the lever style expander for years, and have only ever split hard drawn copper that I tried to expand without annealing first.
    The trick is to go about half way, then turn the tool a little before expanding it the rest of the way.
    If more government is the answer, then it's a really stupid question.

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