Unique design locks the adapters, cone and tube in a line, making perfect factory flares every time with less risk of breaking adapters
Set includes everything needed to work on: 3/16", 1/4", 5/16", 3/8" double and single flares; 4.75mm, 6mm, 8mm double and bubble flares
Includes a reamer to remove burs from cut tubing
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MASTER IN-LINE FLARING TOOL KIT is rated
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Rated 1 out of
Threads Strip Way Too EasilyThe flares that this product makes are textbook perfect, it's easier to use than the normal bar clamp style flare kits and it fits into spaces where those kits simply won't.
Unfortunately the threads stripped off the 3/16" clamping block the second time I used it, I got a replacement under warranty and the first job I used it on I only got 3 or 4 flares completed before the threads stripped off again. I only ever used normal length wrenches on this product, and I threaded every together by hand before applying any force to make sure everything was threaded together properly.
This is simply ridiculous, my co-worker has a similar set from another brand that has 7 threads on each clamping block compared to 5 on my Matco clamping blocks and his don't strip out. This is clearly a design flaw, Matco needs to step up and fix this product because I haven't been able to finish any job I've started with it.
Date published: 2020-12-09
Rated 2 out of
same as others the threads on the blockthe threads that hold the hex yoke stripped out on the second use, like they are way to soft of metal, they just pulled out.
hopefully warranty will cover it
Date published: 2020-01-07
Rated 4 out of
Second best to a hydraulic setup.The MINFL165 flare kit from Matco is an excellent choice for those that want more consistent results from a flare tool. While this tool isn't as good as one of the $300-400 hydraulic flare tools, the performance for the price is excellent.
Some of the inferior flare tools more often than not come with bent adapters, and flaring bars that do not line up. I've spent countless hours working with tools that simply don't perform. The Matco tool is quick, easy to use, and reliable. The self-centering nature of an inline flare tool keeps flares perfectly centered whenever you use it. Regardless of if you're fabricating new lines or repairing lines in-vehicle, the kit will not let you down.
However, the aesthetic quality could use a little work. The yoke itself is the only piece with a finish on it. The base plates, as well as most of the adapters are bare metal. I cannot speak for the longevity of this kit. The instructions included are sufficient, but you should have some experience flaring lines if you intend to use this.
Preparation is key regardless of the tool you choose to use. Though it's not in the instructions, I tend to use a drop of brake fluid on the mating surfaces of the yoke and the line to prevent galling of both the line and the yoke.
If you want a tool that is going to get the job done, AND has the versatility to do everything from 3/16th brake lines to 3/8th fuel line, then the MINFL165 is a solid decision. The flares made with this tool are true, and should not leak for the lifetime of the vehicle if made correctly.
Date published: 2015-01-09
Rated 5 out of
Just what I neededI just received this and decided to test it right away on a 3/16" brake line leftover I had laying around. I won't use this very often, but when I do, I want it to work. The tubing did not slip. The flare was dead center. I have used the other cheaper versions of the wingnut tightened tube holder. When they do work, the possibility of having an off-center flare can happen. This tool won't let that happen. Being able to do metric and SAE as well as bubble flare is nice. This tool set is made well and does not feel or look cheap.
Date published: 2016-10-07
Rated 1 out of
Threads on block stripped out!Threads on the block strip out every time.
Warranty got me a new 3/16 block each time but man i was hoping it was my error or that I didn’t have it tight enough.....nope not the case, it stripped 3x
Also doesn’t come with a tube cutter which was pictured in the original photo of the product!
Metal is just too soft to hold the line in the block!
Date published: 2018-11-03
Rated 2 out of
I'm disappointedI really wanted to like this product. I read the reviews, and believed them. What happened was disappointment. The block clamps slip right away, the threads inside them flatten after the first use. You can repair them with a tap, but it'll only be temporary. The blocks seem like they're made of too soft of metal. So the threads just flatten after tightning.
Date published: 2018-08-03
Rated 5 out of
You've got to get one of these for your tool box.I tried one of the $30 tools from a discount place only to find that it didn't work which caused several bad flares and a lot of frustration. This tool arrived very quickly after ordering. I was amazed at how much easier and better it was to make a flare. I had one in a very tight area. With this inline tool it was a snap. I'm going to put Matco on my favorites list.
Date published: 2013-05-30
Rated 5 out of
Great ToolThis tool is great. I was amazed at how much easier and better it was to make a flare. I had a few in a very tight area. With this flaring tool it was easily done. Everyone should have this kit.