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Which nicropress swaging tool did y'all go with or do you use often? Spruce sells 64-CGMP and 63V-XMP.
The latter appears to handle bigger diameter jobs in addition to the 1/8" Zenith cable connections. I figured that would come in handy with dealing with throttle cables, etc. Does anyone have any information on what to go with? Experience? Cheaper solutions?
I found the same tool for less than $40 at my local Home Depot or Lowes in the cable/wire aisle. It does have an adjustment you may need to tune to get your swaging to pass using the go/no-go gauge, but it worked great once I got it zeroed in. Worked best when one of the handles is secured in a bench vise. I have nearly 80 hours on my Zodiac and all swaged sleeves are holding tight.
Hi Christopher: Yeah way too much money. I bought a similar Nico press knock off here in Canada! for $65.00. Brian
Where did you find the knock-off?
I used the home depot tool. I bought a 1 inch pipe flange and a 1 ft long nipple. I bolted that to my bench with the nipple verticle and stuck one of the handles in the pipe nipple. It works great.
I used the much cheaper Aircraft Spruce swager:
It also worked for swaging terminal ends onto my battery and ground cables. It is a little cumbersome to use the first time, but you get it figured out pretty quick.
That one at aircraft spruce is not as easy to use without a helper. I think I will have to use it on a couple of them in tight spots. It needs a longer handle.
I also used the cheaper smaller bolt version of the "swageit" tool and found it to work very well. Working alone it was easy to swag and also easy to get into confined spaces and still work. I do not think I could have used the handled version as well as many were made installed in the plane.
I never thought of using on electric cables, but that is a great idea.
This is a lot like other tools that have a higher priced version. Unless you are going to do the task a lot more times than it will be done on a Zenith, it doesn't seem to me to be worth the additional cost.
You wind up paying for convenience. There just aren't that many places on an aircraft that need terminals swaged.
I've had this tool for many years, and used it on other aircraft as well as the Zenith. Myself, I wouldn't upgrade, and I'm relatively clumsy with tools.
I ended up going to home depot, they only had one for 20 bucks...buried on the cable isle. Seems fine. It has four groves up to 3/16 (largest). It looks exactly like the 200 dollar nicropress. I know there is a big mark up when it comes to "aircraft" grade parts/tools, but this is ridiculous. What is the difference?