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How critical is this new 410a flare

I have an older yellow jacket deluxe flare tool that I have been using for many years.

I can honestly say I have never had a leak in one of my flares. But I keep hearing that you must use the new deluxe flaring tool on the new mini splits.

I have even taken my older unit to the supplier and made a flare with mine and then with their newer unit. I am really hard pressed to see a difference in the two.

What is the difference between the Two and how critical is this? Who here has already purchased the new tool and can really attest to it working better?



<a href="http://www.yellowjacket.com/product/854">http://www.yellowjacket.com/product/854</a>

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  • JStar
    JStar Member Posts: 2,752
    Flare

    I've recently bought this model flaring tool after suffering through numerous cheap versions. It works very well, with absolutely no flaws so far. Does it make a better, 410A friendly flare? Yes, no, I don't know? A flare is a flare is a flare. As long as it is leak proof, it will work.
  • TonyS
    TonyS Member Posts: 849
    this is the model I have now

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/YELLOW-JACKET-60280-FLARING-TOOL-HVAC-/130917225304?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1e7b465358



    I agree it is an excellent tool, I just want to know what is the difference between this and the new one. Cant seem to get a clear answer on this.
  • alotlikeearl
    alotlikeearl Member Posts: 68
    Yes!

    Our company has found it does make a differencs.  I would not have thought it would, but it does.

                                   Jerry
  • TonyS
    TonyS Member Posts: 849
    Thanks

    I guess Ill let go of the hundred bucks. 
  • radmix
    radmix Member Posts: 194
    Flare

    In the install manual they also require you to use refrigerant lubricant on all of the flair fittings. I just installed 5 heads on one project and 4 on another, used refrigerant lubricant on all flairs and didn't have on leak.
  • Techman
    Techman Member Posts: 2,144
    edited June 2013
    New flare.

    OK so what is the difference between the two flares or is it a bunch of smoke? Do both pieces of copper stick out of the flare block the same ? The angle is the same! Is there a "special " flare nut for that special flare? I wonder!
  • alotlikeearl
    alotlikeearl Member Posts: 68
    Not Smoke & Mirrors

    Techman,

    See the "Flare Info PDF" above.  Not smoke & mirrors.  We learned the hard way!

              Jerry
  • Techman
    Techman Member Posts: 2,144
    New flare

    Me alotlikeearl too ! I was jesting, sorry. Daikin taught that way back ,when they 1st came out. The flare is indeed "deeper" .
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