How To Swage A Loop In Wire Rope Using A Swaging Tool


Okay I’m gonna do some swadging now I
bought these ferules and these rope thimbles and some cable and we’re going
to turn this into this weird contraption that you see right here this is going to
go across a couple of points for a tie down and a trailer and there’s the parts
and I’ll show you how it works so I’m gonna remove this stuff in a package and
get started. Here we go. okay here I’ve fed the wire rope through
the ferrule making a loop on one end I’ve had another fare on the center that
catches these two wires call it wire rope and the loop on the other end so
the whole thing is exactly what is it five foot eight inches long from one end
to the other and then I’ll throw in a couple of these wire rope thimbles they
call them and the ends and then I’ll go ahead and swedge these aluminum
Ferrell’s so each one gets wedged and that’s coming coming right up important
all right so we’re going to switch the center part first what I’m going to do
is put a crimp on each end and just put it in the tool make sure you got the
right sizes three sixteenths I’ve walked this into the vise makes it much easier
to do trying to grab it with two hands very difficult so once it’s there I just
pull it home just like that and you can see the nice cramping foots in the
ferrule and then I’ll do the other end just like this she’s a lot of pressure yeah they’ll do
one more in the middle and there’s the completed center section
and then I’m going to do the same thing on each end it’ll be done
yeah installed then we’ll number one sorry about that it’s on a tripod keep
bumping stuff and just inserted the thimble and then pulled this up to it
so what’s snug and then come the end this time we’ll do the center will do
the end and the other end there’s one the other side now your links are the same and they are the center groan groan groan next side the last one and then you can see how
nice a job that does totally current or swedge pretty slick and it makes it
really easy when you lock the the crimper and the vise I got all this
stuff from Home Depot so there’s my completed my completed product I’ll show
you a picture of the finished thing on the workbench okay here’s the finished
system so these are rated at 1500 pounds apiece actually this one is I take that
back that’s 2200 pounds so this just unscrews on the end and probably seen
these before but what makes it so strong if it’s threaded all the way through
this is threaded onto here and then it threads onto there this end will go
around the d-rings that are in the floor of my 5th wheel trailer and this is
going to be a quad hold down strap so this goes across from side to side the
trailers eight feet wide and the d-rings are exactly six feet apart so from this
end down to this other end right here is six feet so that finished wire strap
this goes into one side and then goes to the other and then I’ll have a hook that
grabs here and pulls onto the quad and I’ll show you all this when I actually
get them installed but this is the finished finished piece you came out
pretty cool swedge absolutely nothing to stab your fingers on the wire pieces are
all one got down in there a little ways but it’s okay most of the force
is here here it’s all distributed evenly throughout the whole rope so this ought
to work so it’ll work great so that’s the construction of my new hold down
device and this is all part of Glander R&D Glander research and design always
creating something new working something out in the shop to make life more fun
make things more efficient and a whole lot easier
that’s what Glander R&D is all about

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Reader Comments

  1. L Malino

    Shouldn't the wire extend beyond the middle connector by at least the diameter of the wire? If you're concerned about the wire end possibly jabbing you, cover it.

  2. Thomas Frick

    what did you put the ferrule on the center of the cable for? And i just bought a ferrule and stop set and there are no instrictions. but the diagram shows the stop cylinder about a half inch farther down the cable from the ferrule. What's the purpose of that?

  3. Sir August Winter

    thanks for the video! I have some projects in mind and this answers pretty much all my questions! one thing though, about how much did it cost roughly to make that one strand?

  4. mrbakerskatz

    Do you have any videos on tieing a loop in a 3/4 " cable ? I'm talking untieing it  and rebraiding it . No thimbles ,no swedges ,just cable .45 years ago I was good at it ,but I can't remember exactly how I did it .

  5. VE3DZP

    I bought a tool like that and took it back. The large size should be at the throat of the tool not out the end. If in the throat you do not need the vise. China got it wrong again.

  6. Gary Biggs

    You actually only have 1 wire rope holding the load. It looks like the length farthest away from you has a little slack compared to the closest side length. Unless the 2 lengths are EXACT you are better off w/ one heavier wire rope. The slack side will never be truly under shared load unless the taut side slips enough for the slack side to be loaded.

  7. Janet Stone

    Thanks for helping us learn, however, it was rather annoying when you kept moving in front of the camera! I suggest moving the tripod to the left view. Thanks.

  8. Scott Stevenson

    For others, I believe oval ferrules for 3/16" require 4 crimps not 3. Check the instructions with your parts. Also be sure when you are done there is at least a rope diameter hanging out the ferrule end.

  9. Kevin

    That's clever to use the vise. In addition to needing to leave more cable coming out of the sleeve, you should never press between two presses on the same sleeve. You should always press 1, 2, 3 or 2, 1, 3, but never 1, 3, 2 as you did which compromises the strength of presses 1 and 3. Also, use copper or zinc coated sleeves with galvanized wire (which you seem to be doing) or tin coated copper with stainless steel wire. Again, very clever with the vise!

  10. Scott Banks

    u forgot the stops and if you want it really cool if your women are going to be handling it put heat shrink over it and finish it off nice

  11. karl wood

    could add 2 more crimps in middle both side of the centre one you added which would hold 2 cables together plus adding much more breaking strength but what you did is strong enough and works out cheaper but i would prefer the 2 cables held together in middle making it more like one unit as i dont like how the cables seperate in middle,,, still great, thanks for sharing

  12. marco belli

    Nice ! 👌👌👌I USE THIS TECHNIQUE WITH SMALL CRIMP ATTACHED TO NYLON 3.3 mm vortex or round or square TRIMMER LINE FOR MY BRUSH CUTTER OR WEED WACKER IT WORK 100 % BETTER THAN BUMP & GO SPOOL 😆😆😆😆
    I CUT 4 PIECES 8 INCH LENG6 AND I ATT9THIS AT THE END , SO I HAVE JUST TO SLIDE THIS PIECE IN THE 4 HOLES AT WEED WACKER HEAD , YOU CAN ALSO SEE IN GOOGLE WEED TIGER IS A REVOLUTIONARY METHOD TO CHANGE TRIMMER LINE

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