Jim Hoge wrote:
> I am seeking opinions on crimping tools for LMR-400 coax.
I have several crimping tools. The prices vary over quite a wide range.
*Typically* you get one crimper for the smaller sizes up through
RG8/LMR-400 using interchangeable dies and a separate crimper for the
Mine aren't handy right now so I can't give you make and models.
There is one of the smaller, ratchet tools with dies listed in QST for
$50. IIRC my crimper for LMR-600 was around $75.
Check with Davis and see what they have. You will probably get some
good advise as well.
BTW even though I crimp them I still solder the center connector.
> How well do the standard crimpers, both fixed die and interchangable die
> units perform with this cable?
I doubt if you could tell the differenced between the results of a fixed
dire and interchangeable die crimp.
> Is a piston type crimper worth the extra investment if I won't be doing cable
> larger than 400?
*Some* of the smaller UHF connectors have a very heavy crimp sleeve and
there you can use the extra pressure. Hopefully you won't find any of
As always...purchase, good, quality connectors. Paying a little more can
in the end be worth a lot more.
> Jim W5QM
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