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    Brake pipe spanners?

    Anyone have any experience, positive or negative, of the following varieties of "improved" brake nut spanners? Had to change a hose on one of the fleet at the weekend and although it was a very clean, rust-free pickup I had to grind the brass fitting down to the threads to get a 3/8" A/F pipe nut undone, and even then nearly rounding it off with a good Britool flare nut spanner.

    How does the ratchet work on these - does it work to self-tighten onto the hex?
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Ratchetin...e/132981672601

    I'm assuming these open to get round the pipe, then self-tighten?
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Proto-Too...A/264459857149

    Quite like the look of these, obvious how they work and reasonably priced, at least over there!
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Astro-5pc...0/142053264165

    There were also some that seemed like the end folded round and latched to make a full hex: don't think they were American but they were expensive - can't find the link now though.
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    if i'm replacing pipes and the nuts are rusty i usually cut the pipe close so i can tap a six sided socket on the nut. i sometimes have to file to rusty nut down so the next size down socket will tap on.
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    need a job done on your project? i may be able to help.

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    Yeah, but on this one it was the rubber hose that was going and I had to save the hard line. I had been looking for a while as I like good tools Then of course cheapskate aquaintences want to borrow my expensive kit
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    I can normally get most stubborn pipes undone with a good pair of mole grips or small stilsons, however if your at that stage i dont think the spanners would do diddly squat to help.
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    Why dont they make the hex part thicker so you can get a decent spanner on it and make the fitting out of a better quality steel, it's not rocket science is it.
    It's only funny till someone gets hurt..........then it's friggin' hilarious

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    It's a combination of delicately sized fittings, not having to touch them one year to the next, and being exposed to the elements. I always anticipate the worst and have replacement bits in hand for all elements eg if I'm replacing a wheel cylinder I work on basis I'll have to replace hose or hard pipe etc too. After that everything's a bonus. You always need all these bits sooner or later if you're going to hang on to the vehicle. Only hassle is when you can't easily get bits, or they're madly expensive.

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    Any 12 point spanner there is asking for a kick in the schnuts. It will round off unless the nut is perfect and hasn't been tightened up to 400 ft lbs

    A 6 point flare nut spanner is normally spot on. Just make sure its not a wobbly fit before you tug on it. If its wobbly, don't tug.
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    when i have to do hardlines i always use brass fittings from work as although softer than steel they won't rust to the part they screw into.
    neil.
    need a job done on your project? i may be able to help.

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    Luckily mine was a brass fitting at the end of the flex hose, but could well have been the original 30 year old parts so were still stuck enough to cause problems.

    Anyway, it seems no one has used any of these fancy tools? I found the other one I mentioned, and it looks like the winner to me:
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Cr-V-Flex...n/202415290509
    And I was right they weren't yank, they come from the land of Oz.
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    They look good and not a bad price but the postage costs kill the deal.
    It's only funny till someone gets hurt..........then it's friggin' hilarious

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