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Weld On Flare Ends Fix Hydraulic Tubing
"There's nothing more irritating than to have to replace an entire section of steel hydraulic tubing on a tractor or combine just because the flare end cracks," says farmer-inventor William Moser, Morris, Minn., who recently began marketing replacement flare ends for steel hydraulic tubing that let you simply cut off the old cracked end and weld on a new one.
Unlike copper tubing, steel tubing cannot be easily flared by hand. When the flared end cracks - due to vibration or during work on the hydraulic system - the entire tube has to be replaced. Replacement tubes generally cost $20 to $70, or more.
To install, simply cut out a section of tube that's the same length as the add-on flare end and weld it in place with a sleeve that fits over the add-on end. Flare ends are available to fit 3/8, 1/2, 5/8 and 3/4 in. dia. tubing. They range in price from $2.75 to $4.25. Moser notes that they'll also fit steel air lines, as well as other steel tubing. He also makes sleeve patches for fixing holes in steel tubing.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, William Moser, Hydraulic Tube Repairs, Inc., Rt. 3, Box 152, Morris, Minn. 56267 (ph 612 589-4149).

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1986 - Volume #10, Issue #3