I bought a cheap flaring tool where the 3/16" tubing kept slipping backward. I was doing this job on my back and almost gave up but saw this at Sears and thought I'd give it one more shot. The machining on this tool is beautiful. The tube mounting section closes on the tube more precisely than the cheap versions and the knurled inside kept the small, tough line from slipping. Don't make my mistake of going with a cheap tool when doing a job where precision counts. I never write reviews but I'm so grateful for the time and money this tool saved me.
I'm a hobbyist, so this tool doesn't get used very often. I bought my first one in 2013, which was made in America. I used it once and stored it in the blow molded case in one of the lower drawers of my box. Last week I attempted to use it to fabricate and repair a couple of brake lines on my 97 suburban. The tool worked flawlessly when fabricating a new 1/4 inch main line. when repairing the 3/16 inch rear axle line, the die cracked. I took the tool back to Sears to warranty it and noticed that the tool is now being produced in Taiwan, and the design has been modified. The vice handle on the flaring bar is now significantly shorter, and the entire bar is slightly shorter. The design of the pressing die has been changed as well, and it now has a shorter rotating arm. The fit and finish of the metals is not to as high of a standard as the USA tool and the casting is of a rougher and lower quality. I spent a lot of money on Craftsman tools when they were still good because of the 'Forever warranty.' Replacing quality tools with garbage is not a warranty.
im a amateur when it comes to flares i did not have any problems, i watched a video on YouTube and it was pretty easy with this tool. the lifetime warranty i like too. i don't believe I'll have to buy this again but if i lose this i will
Quality looking tool