I did not see any answer to this so let me venture a guess. It seems to me that
the advice you got regarding the crimp on terminals was not to use those
specific terminals on aluminum wire. I would not read that to mean "you can
NEVER use any crimp on terminals on any aluminum wire". Some crimp on
connectors may be made specifically for use with aluminum wire.
I suspect they are warning you about possible failure of those crimp on
terminals due to corrosion between aluminum wire and the terminal material, but
I don't know for sure. Aluminum in general, is a metal that corrodes quite
All of the Belden control wire I have seen is tinned copper, stranded. Belden
is a huge wire company, however, and they make dozens of wires and cables I have
never seen . . . maybe even some from aluminum. Your Belden cable is probably
stranded tinned copper but you better check it to be sure.
I personally do not like crimped connections of any kind. I have seen hundreds
of intermittant crimped connections in my technician trouble-shooting days.
Bruce Makas wrote:
> I was going to put crimp on terminals on the control cable for my rotor to
> connect to an 8 terminal terminal block for "quick" disconnect of the eight
> wires. After I got home and read the TYCO/AMP box (terminals) it says:
> * for use on stranded or solid wire
> * "Danger: Not to be used on Aluminum wire - may cause equipment failure
> leading to injury or death"
> My questions are 2 ...
> Is Beldon control cable stranded Aluminum? If so, does that mean I cannot
> use the AMP crimp ons on the Beldon cable?
> And why are pressure type wire connectors not to be used on Aluminum wire?
> I guess that's 3 questions .........
> Thanks in advance for any assistance, Bruce K1MY
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