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Re: [TowerTalk] Nicopress swags

To: "'Greg'" <>, <>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Nicopress swags
From: "Larry Burke" <>
Date: Fri, 8 Dec 2006 07:54:43 -0600
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Greg, my experience would say you ABSOLUTELY DO NOT want to use a hand tool
to make the crimp in a critical application like this. I had a guy at one of
the "big box" stores make one like that for me (for free, using their tool).
Used it on a cable for my Titanex vertical crankover vertical (not even a
tower). I watched the cable carefully as I made the initial crank up. It
slipped out of the fitting almost immediately upon loading. I even had
another "big box" guy tell me that most people just "take a hammer to them"
to make the fittings work! Yikes.  

Your body parts, antennas, towers and peace of mind are worth the few bucks
this will cost to have it done correctly. 

Larry Wi5A

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Greg
Sent: Thursday, December 07, 2006 9:53 PM
Subject: [TowerTalk] Nicopress swags

Finally about ready to recable my tower.  Just received the 7x19 galv
aircraft cable, the swag sleevs and thimbles.

My question is ....are the boltcutter type swagging tools just as good as
the hydraulic or electric presses?  I know the tool for the 1/4 sleeves is
pretty much only for that size and there is another tool for the smaller
sizes.  I expected to be able to find a local marine outfit to be able to
crimp the sleeves for me.....but he charges $12-$15 for each sleeve....using
a hydraulic swagger.  Im  tempted to get the 1/4 hand tool myself and use
the one at ACE for the smaller crimps.  Are the crimps with the hand tool
just as strong as the hydraulic?

I would think if the nicopress specs have a part number for the hand tool
for the 1/4 in sleeves that it should be fine.  Im using the zinc plated
cooper sleeves....two for each end.



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