I have re-cabled 3 LM470's using a "hand" swagger made by H K Porter. It is
3 feet long and it does a great swaging job. It is, however, for 3/16"
galvanized cable, not 1/4", which would make a huge difference.
I agree that, unless somebody is selling a hand swagger for the 1/4" size,
that a hydraulic swagger would be the way to go, certainly not a hammer! I
can't believe that any professional would suggest that. especially
considering what's at stake!
----- Original Message -----
From: "Larry Burke" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "'Greg'" <email@example.com>; <TOWERTALK@contesting.com>
Sent: Friday, December 08, 2006 8:54 AM
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Nicopress swags
> Greg, my experience would say you ABSOLUTELY DO NOT want to use a hand
> to make the crimp in a critical application like this. I had a guy at one
> the "big box" stores make one like that for me (for free, using their
> 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
> to make the fittings work! Yikes.
> Your body parts, antennas, towers and peace of mind are worth the few
> this will cost to have it done correctly.
> Larry Wi5A
> -----Original Message-----
> From: firstname.lastname@example.org
> [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Greg
> Sent: Thursday, December 07, 2006 9:53 PM
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> 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
> 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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