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Old April 23rd, 2019, 07:09 AM
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I was absolutely stunned at the prices for maple tubing related tools and need a bit of advice. Tubing has been installed for me but I will need to maintain and/or repair as needed. With all the various "one specific job" type tools out there commanding hundreds of dollars what should be my first three purchases in order of importance? What tool do you use the most not counting the install process? My guess is it's a tool to press T's into lateral lines but as I said... just guessing. $329 at my local dealer!
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I was absolutely stunned at the prices for maple tubing related tools and need a bit of advice. Tubing has been installed for me but I will need to maintain and/or repair as needed. With all the various "one specific job" type tools out there commanding hundreds of dollars what should be my first three purchases in order of importance? What tool do you use the most not counting the install process? My guess is it's a tool to press T's into lateral lines but as I said... just guessing. $329 at my local dealer!

use these more than anything. A good set of tubing cutters are a must. Mostly I just push fittings on by hand, when itís really cold I use the hot ends system.




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Old April 23rd, 2019, 11:37 AM
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Bryan,

2 handed tubing tool should be the first! You can use it for one-handed needs as well. We also make our droplines with ours.

We don't have either a mainline punch for saddle manifolds (we use a batery drill) or a mainline tubing tool (we use a torch) but those could be useful but not absolutely necessary.

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I saw these at the dealer. Fill me in Marty and tell me how / what they are used for.
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The tension hooks or the 2 hander Bryan?

The tension hooks allow you to pull 2 ends of a broken line back together. They can be used with a tubing tool to get the ends close enough to put in a coupling.

We use the 2 hander for everything. After the droplines are cut to 36" length we use them to put in the stubbies and tees. After we tension the lateral line we use them to attach the lateral to the saddle manifold and we use them to cut the pre-made dropline into the lateral. It is the most common tool used in the woods other than a pocket knife and electrical tape!
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if you know any welders and/or fabricators you can make a 2 handed tool for under $50.00 I have about 40 in mine
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I was absolutely stunned at the prices for maple tubing related tools and need a bit of advice. Tubing has been installed for me but I will need to maintain and/or repair as needed. With all the various "one specific job" type tools out there commanding hundreds of dollars what should be my first three purchases in order of importance? What tool do you use the most not counting the install process? My guess is it's a tool to press T's into lateral lines but as I said... just guessing. $329 at my local dealer!
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Check out these tools Bryan. The two handed tool is one of the best investments I have made for woods work! Like others have said, you can get by without some of the other tools the two-handed tool is a MUST HAVE! I have used this tool for 2-3 seasons now and the quality is excellent.
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Okay... you guys have sold me on the two handed tool. I think my best bet will be to pick it up at LEME this fall given the prices seem to vary so much for what are essentially welded vise grips. $370 once sales tax is added locally. Is it worth it to include the cutter or is a pipe cutter from Home Depot just as easy to work with?
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Bryan - we have the cutter on ours and it is very useful when cutting tees into new lateral lines. If your lines are already set up it might not be necessary for you until you add more taps!
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This is what I use. One of a kind!
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