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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.
    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 to the Middle East, no surgaring for me :-(
    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 to the Middle East
    2014 110 tap all tubed buckets.
    2013 35 taps, all buckets

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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.
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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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