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I am searching for a type of crimping tool (swaging tool/nicropress etc) for steel/stainless cable/wire rope. I am trying to find a manual tool, either lever or manual hydraulic that has interchangeable dies that will go from ~ 1/8" to 3/8" for reasonable money, say around $300 or less. I borrowed a tool from a friend that was a lever style with interchangeable dies, so I know it exists but there were no markings and this tool had been around a long time!

I just can't seem to find what I am looking for and it's driving me insane, I can't believe these aren't readily available. I see plenty of lever crimpers for either one size, or multiple small sizes, but nothing with interchangeable dies. I don't understand why not...

Anyone who can help me find such a thing I would be happy to PayPal $15!
 

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This?

http://amzn.com/B00GXQ2E5E

I have one similar to this one but smaller (6T or 8T) and it's great for crimping steel cable and also good on big battery cable lugs. it's much easier to use if you hold the crimper in a vice otherwise you almost need a 3rd arm to properly use it.
 

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http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GXQ2E5E?keywords=hydraulic%20crimper&qid=1445131908&ref_=sr_1_1&sr=8-1

I have one similar to this one but smaller (6T or 8T) and it's great for crimping steel cable and also good on big battery cable lugs. it's much easier to use if you hold the crimper in a vice otherwise you almost need a 3rd arm to properly use it.
I have seen those, it would be the perfect tool if it had round dies, the hex dies are technically for electrical only. It might work in some scenarios, but for bigger stuff under a lot of load I would be too worried to try. I have heard it is insufficient. :/
 

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I have seen those, it would be the perfect tool if it had round dies, the hex dies are technically for electrical only. It might work in some scenarios, but for bigger stuff under a lot of load I would be too worried to try. I have heard it is insufficient. :/
It would be easy to make your own die from flat stock for this crimper.

Greenlee also makes a nice hydro crimper with round die... but for much more $$
 

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It would be easy to make your own die from flat stock for this crimper.

Greenlee also makes a nice hydro crimper with round die... but for much more $$
I am assuming anything Greenlee makes would be for electrical, though maybe I am wrong. I have thought about making my own dies, or modifying the hexagonal dies, but would like to avoid it. I am just surprised (seemingly) nobody makes what I am looking for!

I have seen some $3000 battery powered units with $250 dies. No thanks!!!
 

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vintage Burndy hydro crimper with 9 round dies

Burndy Y34AHY Press Hydraulic Crimper w 9 Dies Used | eBay

there's a couple cheaper Burndy crimpers on eBay right now...you might find a good deal.

EDIT: Are you looking for portable crimper? would you consider a bench mounted solution?
Does Burndy only do electrical crimps? Not familiar with the company.

I would consider a bench mounted unit, being able to crimp anywhere would be a big plus though.
 

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I'm not an engineer, but I guess that as long as you have the right sized die for your ferrule, it should crimp it well, even if it's an 'electrical' crimper. Google shows the same crimpers whether i'm looking for "steel cable crimper" or "electrical lugs crimper".

One could make a real nice bench crimper using a big ass vise with a couple sizes of holes drilled in the jaws, that's why i was asking about bench mounting.
 

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http://amzn.com/B00GXQ2E5E

I have one similar to this one but smaller (6T or 8T) and it's great for crimping steel cable and also good on big battery cable lugs. it's much easier to use if you hold the crimper in a vice otherwise you almost need a 3rd arm to properly use it.
I second this option... I use it for crimping swages onto steel cable and battery cables all the time.

I also built this for use on our hydraulic press....



 
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