Crimpers are used for repairing electrical wiring. They are used to make electric contacts, to connect cable terminals, cable clamps. These tools have two working plates with slots for the parts to be joined. The latter get crimped when you pull together the handles of the tool.
Crimpers: 9 important facts
- The body of the tool can be made of aluminium or steel. The former material is characterised by light weight, while the latter one is more robust and durable.
- Apart from devices intended for specific purposes, there are universal tools. They are used with interchangeable working elements. These tools are suitable to perform operations with terminals of different size.
- In the catalogues, there are ferrule crimping tools with a mechanism that presses parts from four or six sides.
- It is possible to buy crimpers with a ratchet mechanism. It prevents the reverse movement of the device until the crimping cycle is completed.
- If you have to do a great deal of work, you should pay your attention to the models with a gear mechanism. It reduces the load on hands.
- Never try to crimp a cable until it is disconnected from the power supply. Besides, before that, it is necessary to remove insulation from the wire ends. For this purpose, wire strippers are usually used.
- When the work is over, it is necessary to clean the device and to treat its moving parts with the lubricant specified by the manufacturer.
- The equipment should be stored in a dry, clean place, for example, a toolbox. The room should be well-ventilated.
- If there are any device malfunctions, it is better to have it fixed at a maintenance shop.
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