The 1947 - Present Chevrolet & GMC Truck Message Board Network







Register or Log In To remove these advertisements.

Go Back   The 1947 - Present Chevrolet & GMC Truck Message Board Network > General Truck Forums > Tools, Shops and Shop Safety

Web 67-72chevytrucks.com


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 10-27-2017, 11:45 AM   #1
Jmh68C10
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: Richmond Va
Posts: 34
Opinions on best brake flaring tool and bender

In the market for a flaring tool and brake bender . Recommendations welcome !
__________________
68 c10- Under construction
Jmh68C10 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-27-2017, 03:32 PM   #2
A1971Blazer
Senior Member
 
A1971Blazer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: East Tennessee
Posts: 690
Re: Opinions on best brake flaring tool and bender

I got this one and added the 37 JIC turret as well...there are more expensive ones but this one has worked very well for me....
http://www.eastwood.com/professional...ring-tool.html
__________________
1970 Chevrolet K5 Blazer.............
A1971Blazer is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-27-2017, 04:34 PM   #3
Advanced Design
Senior Member
 
Advanced Design's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Oblong, Illinois
Posts: 5,701
Re: Opinions on best brake flaring tool and bender

Ive been pleased with the flaring tool from Mastercool. A bit pricey and worth it to me. https://www.amazon.com/Mastercool-71...l+flaring+tool
Attached Images
 
Advanced Design is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-2017, 09:07 AM   #4
95 S_Trucker
Senior Member
 
95 S_Trucker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Lancaster, PA
Posts: 1,594
Re: Opinions on best brake flaring tool and bender

The one from mastercool is the best. Hands down. I use mine all the time.
__________________
-99 K2500 LS CCSB 7.4
-96 C3500 HD 7.4 NV4500 Rollback

My 85 Project: http://67-72chevytrucks.com/vboard/s...d.php?t=368864

78 Big10 Project: http://67-72chevytrucks.com/vboard/s...d.php?t=383629

96 Project: http://67-72chevytrucks.com/vboard/s...d.php?t=614515
95 S_Trucker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-08-2017, 08:55 PM   #5
Notch1988
Registered User
 
Notch1988's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Lacombe, Alberta
Posts: 269
Re: Opinions on best brake flaring tool and bender

I use the Eastwood one too and have never had a bad flare. As for benders, buy one dedicated for the size you're bending, don't buy the 3 in 1 benders because they only bend one radius based on the largest tubing it will bend. Most of my benders are Imperial but my 3/16 bender is a Rigid.
__________________
66 GMC swb dropmember accuair

Link to my build:
My GMC Project
Notch1988 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-08-2017, 09:57 PM   #6
Rickysnickers
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Poway, CA
Posts: 422
Re: Opinions on best brake flaring tool and bender

I have a Rigid flare tool and it worked/works well. https://www.ridgid.com/us/en/precisi...ing-flare-tool
Rickysnickers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-10-2017, 08:27 AM   #7
95 S_Trucker
Senior Member
 
95 S_Trucker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Lancaster, PA
Posts: 1,594
Re: Opinions on best brake flaring tool and bender

Quote:
Originally Posted by Rickysnickers View Post
I have a Rigid flare tool and it worked/works well. https://www.ridgid.com/us/en/precisi...ing-flare-tool
I looked at the parts diagram, It looks like that tool only performs single wall flares. That tool should never be used to flare brake lines.

Brake lines requre a double wall flare.
__________________
-99 K2500 LS CCSB 7.4
-96 C3500 HD 7.4 NV4500 Rollback

My 85 Project: http://67-72chevytrucks.com/vboard/s...d.php?t=368864

78 Big10 Project: http://67-72chevytrucks.com/vboard/s...d.php?t=383629

96 Project: http://67-72chevytrucks.com/vboard/s...d.php?t=614515
95 S_Trucker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-10-2017, 10:46 AM   #8
B. W.
Senior Member
 
B. W.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: Bigfork, Montana
Posts: 606
Re: Opinions on best brake flaring tool and bender

I have the Mastercool tool also, like it a lot, use it all the time. It creates an excellent, professional flare every time. With that said, the Eastwood tool looks a little easier / quicker to use. With it clamped in a vice you have both your hands free. It seems like I need three hands to get everything lined up well with the Master cool. Also, I think you have better feel/control with the lever on the Eastwood (if that matters).

One plus for the Mastercool, you can flare on the vehicle if room allows, done that more than a few times.

I think I'll buy the Eastwood tool someday, can't have too many tools!
B. W. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-10-2017, 10:55 AM   #9
Rickysnickers
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Poway, CA
Posts: 422
Re: Opinions on best brake flaring tool and bender

Quote:
Originally Posted by 95 S_Trucker View Post
I looked at the parts diagram, It looks like that tool only performs single wall flares. That tool should never be used to flare brake lines.

Brake lines requre a double wall flare.
That's correct about the flares. I should have added that I used a collar behind the flare and in front of the tube nut. My apologies.
Rickysnickers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-14-2017, 02:56 PM   #10
Hardworkinguy
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: Buxton,Maine
Posts: 28
Re: Opinions on best brake flaring tool and bender

Quote:
Originally Posted by 95 S_Trucker View Post
I looked at the parts diagram, It looks like that tool only performs single wall flares. That tool should never be used to flare brake lines.

Brake lines requre a double wall flare.
Not necessarily. The Rigid tool is used to make single wall flares at a 37 angle in seamless tubing. The connection has to be supported with a tube sleeve ( https://secure.chassisshop.com/partlist/15920/ ) and then a tube nut of the correct size. These are used to plumb a brake system with AN fittings. I have one of these tools and used it to do my race car in AN fittings and stainless steel seamless tubing.

The Mastercool kit is awesome and its strongest suit is that you can use it anywhere on the car rather than having to remove a line and carry it to the vice to connect an existing line to a new line. It also forms many quick connect fuel lines,etc. The only down side to it is that the clamping pieces have a heavy knurl,and will leave some of that showing behind the tube nut. It is a non-issue for normal shop repairs,but might not look as nice on a custom/show vehicle.

I like the Eastman type tool the best. It is fast and makes nice looking flares without the knurl where it clamps the line. I especially like that when using the softer copper/nickel line we use in the rust belt. The Eastman tool wasn't around when I bought my flaring tool,but I have one very similar. It came from Fed Hill Trading Company.

https://cunifer.com/hikashop-menu-fo...-flaring-tools

For those unfamiliar,Cunifer is the trade name of the original UK sourced copper-nickel brake line. It gets its name from copper (Cu),nickel (ni) and ferrous (fer).

It is considerably more expensive then the Eastman,and kind of pricy to keep adding capability to as well. For the person doing their own repairs and restorations,I think the Eastman would make the best overall tool.
Hardworkinguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:15 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 1997-2013 67-72chevytrucks.com