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Re: [TowerTalk] Nicopress swags

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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Nicopress swags
From: "Julio Peralta" <>
Date: Fri, 8 Dec 2006 09:45:17 -0500
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On the other hand we used a hand manual crimping tool to re-cable a 106
foot motorized crank-up Tri-ex tower on a trailer and have experienced
no problems. If the tool is made for the job I think it should be
adequate. After all they haven't always had hydraulic or electric
crimpers available.

Julio, W4HY 

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Larry Burke
Sent: Friday, December 08, 2006 8:55 AM
To: 'Greg';
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Nicopress swags

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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