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    Is there a tool to round out copper tubing?

    Not sure if this thread belongs on this forum since I'm not talking about a particular tool.. please move it if it'd be better elsewhere.

    Sometimes the new spools of copper tubing we get aren't round, but more oval. I'm not meaning to say it got bent or messed up on the truck from being banged around or anything - it's brand new. This makes using a tube cutter a real chore. Is there any kind of tool to reround the copper so you can cut it? If not, are you just supposed to cut off the oval sections and waste all of it? Or perhaps there's a better tube cutter I don't know about that can adjust itself somehow to be able to cut tubing that's not really round????

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    Yeh, its called a crescent wrench! lol

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    LOL

    A crescent wrench and a few 4 lettered words, eh?

    I'm wondering if my company just buys crap copper spools and that's why they're not round all the time. Wouldn't put it past them....

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    Quote Originally Posted by aintitfun View Post
    Yeh, its called a crescent wrench! lol
    You beat me to it........
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    I use my imperial swage/flare block.

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    Yep, Use your flaring block

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    use an open end wrench the size of the copper.
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    Thumbs up

    Quote Originally Posted by toy501 View Post
    I use my imperial swage/flare block.

    same here.

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    I use these
    http://www.mastercool.com/pages/hydr...expanding.html

    These are a little pricey but add up the cost of fittings now and these pay for themselves quick. I showed the boss in 2 months time the money spent on fittings these make obsolete. This and a set of benders. Plus it is less connections. Now only 1 solder point on couplers, etc...

    or size 12 standing on the copper....

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    The Ole adjustable works pretty well.
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    If it's just at an open end a pair of needle nose does the trick as well. Insert pliers in closed postion into open end and turn, the taper of the pliers does great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlmondEyes View Post

    I'm wondering if my company just buys crap copper spools and that's why they're not round all the time. Wouldn't put it past them....

    No, or yes!!

    Just about every spool we get is the same way, too!!! This equals about 6 a day.

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    an adjustable or the hammer type multi size swedge tool
    Last edited by bdivell; 07-03-2008 at 09:59 PM.

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