How to Use Swaging and Flaring Tools?

Today, we are going to tell you how to use swaging and flaring tools for copper pipe and tubing.

If you are in charge of plumbing repair at your house or your work, knowing how to use swaging and flaring tools to fabricate new connections can save you time and money. Here is what you will need to get started: copper pipe, flaring tool, swaging tool or tube expander kit, tube cutter, deburring tool.

Step 1. Cut the Copper Pipe

First, cut the copper to the desired length, using a tube cutter. You can measure twice, cut once, especially when working with materials like copper. Then smooth the cut in using a deburring tool.

Step 2. Use the Flaring Tool

A flaring tool uses pressure to expand copper into a conical shape, either a 45-degree tubing flare or a 37-degree piping flare. Select the tool accessories that match your particular pipe's diameter. Then place the pipe inside the dye block or clamp. Most expander kits accommodate a variety of pipe and tube sizes. Make sure the end extends about an eighth of an inch from the flaring tool. Secure the pipe into the clamp. Center the flaring cone over it, and slowly tighten it down until a flare is formed. Remember to place the nut on the tubing before flaring it. To avoid splitting the copper, do not overtighten.

Step 3. Swage A Pipe

To swage a pipe, replace the flaring bit with the swaging bit. Then place the pipe inside the clamp, allowing it to extend out the same distance as the pipe's diameter. For example, if you are swaging a 1/2-inch diameter pipe, you will want it to be extended half an inch from the clamp. Swaging tools include spike-shaped punches, manual expanders, and feed screw tools. Once you have secured the pipe, slowly tightened the bit until the end is fully expanded into a cylindrical shape. Your swaged pipe can now fit snugly over the end of another 1/2-inch diameter pipe, and once soldered, will create a simple, but secure connection.

What Product Can You Use?

We offer a lightweight eccentric-cone-type flaring tool operating by a manual ratchet and electric driver with an inch size bar: 1/4", 5/16", 3/8", 1/2", 5/8" & 3/4" O.D. tubing made of aluminum alloy. They are matched with our flare and burnishing tool, swaging punch, and cutting kit. Welcome to explore more flaring and swaging tool.

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