Wicks Aircraft now offers the ATS Pro Beading Tool Kit.
The kit allows aircraft builders and restorers to create a bead or bulge on the outside of aluminum, copper, brass and mild steel tubes ranging from ¼” to 1” diameter. The beading tool is inserted into the tube and then dialed for expansion, pressing against the inside of the tube, which results in a mar-free bead or ridge on the outside of the tube. Hoses can then be slid over the bead and clamped in place assuring security against backing off the end of the tube, said company officials, noting this works well in securing plastic fuel lines in all aircraft. The tools meet military standards.
Price: $395. For more information: WicksAircraft.com or 800-221-9425