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  1. #1
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    Any one have a preferance on the type of flaring tool that you use. I've got a Rigid but am looking to see what else is out there.

    thanks

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    I use a Ritchie(yellowjacket) , I think probably one is about as good as another. But I do believe you get what you pay for.

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    Rigid has new one out that irons the flare instead of mashing it. It makes a very preety flare with no sharp edges. That might be my new purchase.
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    i have a bluepoint set that im pretty happy with

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    i have a rigid rachet flareing tool its great

  6. #6
    Originally posted by duc dowg
    i have a rigid rachet flareing tool its great
    I cut my teeth on one of those. They are great, possibly even THE best ever made.
    Now I use Ritchie. My RIgid got stolen years ago.

    The Ritchie is tricky, just like the others. But once you learn the quirks of any tool ... they work fine.


    Buy the best flare tool you can find. A flare is NOT a thing you can afford to scrimp on.

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    Anybody use double flare ?

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    Imperial is one of the best. I got a imperial set from my dad that has got to be 35 or 40 years old still make one of the best flares. Bluepoint is made for Snap-on by Imperial.
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    Yup

    I use the Imperial flare and swagging set.
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    Originally posted by will 2
    Anybody use double flare ?
    I use double flare. Have an Imperial Eastman and a Rigid set. I like the Rigid because their bars have a thicker piece on the edge for the larger diameter. Less likely to break when trying to save a homeowner by working out sharp bends when they hit the a/c unit with their Lawn Boy tractor.

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    Less likely to break when trying to save a homeowner by working out sharp bends when they hit the a/c unit with their Lawn Boy tractor. [/B][/QUOTE]

    Man, I just use my water pump plyers for that.
    My doctor gave me six months to live, but when I couldn't pay the bill he gave me six months more.
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    The Ridgid flaring tool,Rol flare. It rolls out the flare instead of going straight down the center as most do. Pricy but I think it's the best. I call it the no screw up flare. You have to be pretty bad to screw up when using this tool. Haven't seen anything else that was comparable.

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    Originally posted by bmf
    i have a bluepoint set that im pretty happy with
    Isn't Bluepoint the same as Snap-On??

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