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Rated 5.0 out of 5.0Â by FullyWired Best Swaging Tool For the Price Anywhere
The review is for a LeHigh ST-18S swaging tool to be used for swaging 'oval' and 'stop' type copper sleeves onto steel cable (aka wire rope) Listed below is the OVERVIEW, PROs, CONs and SUMMARY following my use of this tool for numerous projects.
The LeHigh Swaging tool weights 5.5 lbs and is designed for use with copper or 'zinc coated' copper swages for the (4) listed sizes. A small amount of adjustment for swaged sleeve compression is available by using the (2) set screws on the side of the tools handle. The tool is built strong enough to accomplish swaging of the largest size sleeves and will produce results consistent with tools costing many times more than this unit.
(1) The best thing is the price. Nothing else comes close for cost effective results.
(2) The tool makes consistent crimps that are permanently secure.
(3) The tool is a huge time saver producing finished results far quicker than clips.
(4) Proper cable construction is insured with a consistent tool setting.
(5) Results are superior for safety margins, durability, and finished cable appearance.
(1) No instructions are included with the tool. Proper technique is needed for superior results.
(2) No wire cutter is included on the tool and a separate tool will be needed for that process.
(3) No way to check swaged sleeves for proper compression with a Go/No-Go gauge.
(4) The weight of the LeHigh tool (at 5.5#) may seem a little cumbersome for some people.
I needed to make cables for my tower blinds and didn't want to waste time and money on 'CLIPS'. The best part about swaged copper sleeves is they are permanent. No worries that they will ever slip or come loose. This is by FAR the best deal going for a swaging tool that is designed for 1/16", 3/32", 1/8" and 3/16" size wire rope. You can find a better quality tool. But you'll spend 10X more cost over this tool and the end result will not provide any additional holding strength. In my opinion, buying the LeHigh tool for my swaging projects was a 'No Brainer'. The web has inexpensive supplies for the correct type and size of copper sleeves. The finished results are permanent, safe and professional. As expected swaging tutorials are available online. I'm left scratching my head about those that have had trouble with their units. But, would I buy this product again? Absolutely!
April 14, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0Â by Robert Excellent tool ---- EXCELLENT value
I used the tool to swage oval zinc coated copper 1/8 inch ferrules on stainless steel wire rope for sailboat applications. It did the job perfectly for a whole lot less $$$ than a comparable swagger sold for at "marine" suppliers. Though it didn't come with instructions, online instructions are readily found and make the job easy. Most importantly they instruct for a safe procedure for my application. Anyone needing to swage wire rope should seriously look at this tool for cost savings, efficiency and a handy tool when needed.
June 8, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0Â by dhemb I agree with KCR! - poorly designed
I bought this to swag stops onto 1/8" cable. However, the hole in the tool is exactly the same diameter as the stop and could not possibly produce a swag. Clearly, the 3/32" hole was not designed for swaging a 1/8 stop since that hole produces a big distortion instead of a swag.
I did not try a ferrule, nor did I try other sizes of cable. I returned the tool.
January 3, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0Â by Aquaholic Perfect for crimping large wires
This works great to crimp lugs on #2-#6 copper wire, and way cheaper than the electrician's version.
January 4, 2011
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0Â by KCR1 This product didn't work as advertised
This tool didn't work well at all and I returned it to the store. To crimp a 1/8" stop I had to use the 3/32" setting. And, it was impossible to crimp a ferrule because I couldn't even get the tool on it.
December 11, 2013