RIDGID 23332 345 Flaring Tool for 45-degree flares


The tool makes 45-degree flares in soft metal tubing with a hardened smooth flaring cone, provides either single or double lap. Supports SAE flares in 3/16-inch, 1/4-inch, 5/16-inch, 3/8-inch, 7/16-inch, 1/2-inch, and 5/8-inch sizes
Covered by lifetime RIDGID warranty against defects in material or workmanship for the life of the tool.


This model does not include the adapter buttons. I bought 3/16 adapter for about $10, so the total cost was about $56.00. I still think this is a good tool for the money.

The side of the yoke where the flaring block rests is slightly stepped. So, there’s not so easy for me to get the flaring block perfectly centered below the flaring cone.


The tool grips the tubing well and has long and sturdy handles for smooth, sure flares. Ridgid makes industrial duty tools which should last for generations.

I think, it is great combination of a cost, reviews, and the Ridgid brand reputation. The tool is solid, heavy, and well constructed. It makes good double flares on copper-nickle brake lines. The holes are smooth, but hold the tube tight.

Flare tools around $30 and less are all junk. Before you waste your money,  rent a cheap tool. You will see what I mean by junk. Next price range seems to be $100 with the adapters included, but Ridgid also includes tube cutter, which I have. I probably never will need another adapter, so this was a good deal for me.