Just getting around to answering this one. When using an actual Nicopress
hand swaging tool, once the swage has begun, the jaws will not open until
the swage has reached it's specified outer diameter. I've found a hand
swage is perfectly safe to use provided the correct size fitting is used for
the cable size.
Tom Hybiske K3GM
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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
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> Sent: Thursday, December 07, 2006 9:53 PM
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> 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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