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    Default Anyone selling a 5/16' 2 handed tubing tool?

    Looking to buy a used one or even rent for a weekend lol...I need to install 75 drops on 1 line, the rest of my stuff is 3/16 and I tried using that tool and it just damages the tubing.

    Thanks!
    -Scott
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    Try using the 3/16 tool, but leave the clamp jaws loose enough that you can use something to pad the jaws. That may work, several producers use a 5/16, slit a piece of 5/16 and then use that to pad the jaws and they do then get good results for 3/16. I don't know, but the reverse may work too. If not, try the thermos idea. Fill a thermos with hot water, then hold just the last 1/2" or so of the tubing to push on over the barbs in the hot water and after about 5-6 seconds pull it out of the thermos and push on by hand. As the thermos cools you will gradually need to hold the tubing in a little longer. You might finish all 75 or it may take 2 or 3 refills and reheating of the thermos.
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    Thanks Dave....I tried the 3/16 tool, seems to damage the tubing, but it would work. Thanks for the quick response.
    2020 Upgraded RO to 2 post and 7GBS Gould Pump. 400 taps
    2019 New Smoky Lake 2x6 raised flue, Simplicity Autodraw system, The Maple Guys Maple Jet Filter Press, a beautiful new bride to be my sugaring partner :-)
    2018 Deployed
    2017 Expanded Sugar Shack, new 2x6 with float box, NEXTgen Maple RO, 250+ taps (I hope for 300), still on sap sacks
    2016 New Sugar Shack, 2x6 evaporator, 160 taps, all on Sap Sacks
    2015 Deployed
    2014 110 taps
    2013 35 taps

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    What kind of 2 handed tools do you have? Is it an automatic tensioner? I use my 3/16 2 handed tool on 5/16 all the time, it has automatic tensioner but there is still some manual adjustment that you can change on the (Cam lever) if you will. I have A CDL Tool. But I'm sure if you tinker with it you can make it work.

    I have used it on Leader,CDL,and LaPierre tubing, it may have left a little but more of a grip mark on the semi rigid LaPierre tubing but I dont use that anymore anyway, it was green and I prefer the blue.
    Nate Hutchins
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    If you need to work 3/16 with the 5/16 tool that doesn't auto tension, cut a piece of 5/16 tubing 1 1/2" long, and cut a slit end to end. Use this for a collar- slide it over the 3/16 end and the tool grips it and works great. I've used it this way for three years now, 400+ taps, 2 1/2 miles of tubing.
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