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Who makes the best tubing bender? I need to bend 3/16" stainless for my brake lines and 3/8" for fuel lines.
 

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Snap On sell a nice plastic one that will not scratch the tubing.It does 3/16 to 3/8
 

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The best? No such thing. I have a plastic die bender also, works pretty good. Have one with a 24" arms that bends stiff tube, like SS pretty well. I actually like to form my own bends with various rounds I have laying around. Brake tubing, SS or OEM type all bends pretty easily. You really dont need a bender. Any piece of pipe in various sizes works just fine. I have five benders, I still resort to hand hand bending on a pipe.. And Im talking about brake lines here.. JR
 

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Boy you did a good job there. Sears, Snap On they are all about the same.
 

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Thanks. I went through several feet of tubing before I was happy with the end result. Having a good bender helped also.
 

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Tubing..

All i can say is that stainless 3/8 gas line broke my bender smaller size i guess it may be fine, If its stainless start thinking how to flare the ends, i broke my flairing tool also. I gave up and took my brake line to the Corvette shop a couple towns over....


Stainless is a Bitch.. GOOD luck

Steve
 

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Stainless is difficult to double flare.Stainless brake lines tend to leak.

Stainless just isnt a malleable material and maleability is a characteristic needed for a double flare to seal.
Yup:yes::yes: a little oil helps a little too.....Tip from the FINN
 

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Swadgelok is the best, i own 1/4 3/8/1/2 all tight radius for stainless steal. i am a professional tube bender by trade and these benders all total $500.:)

Yup, go to any of the aircraft dealers and the swagelok is the tool to buy, outta my range :( JR
 
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