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AMP MTA Connector Tool?

Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by redbrickhat, Dec 26, 2005.

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  1. redbrickhat

    redbrickhat Guest

    I bought some AMP MTA Connectors and want to know if I have to buy the
    Insertion Tool ($20) or if I can hand-crimp them in some way.
  2. Pooh Bear

    Pooh Bear Guest

    To terminate them properly you do indeed need the tool.

  3. redbrickhat

    redbrickhat Guest

    Is it true that some people use a mallet or a screwdriver?
  4. Pooh Bear

    Pooh Bear Guest

    If they want to make a bad job of it I expect.

  5. Fred Abse

    Fred Abse Guest

    There's a lot more metallurgy goes into crimped terminals than most people
    realize. The manufacturer's recommended tool is the only way to be sure of
    the right degree of compression.
  6. Pooh Bear

    Pooh Bear Guest

    The MTA I'm thinking of is discrete IDC btw. Those tools are *very* specific.

  7. James Beck

    James Beck Guest

    Yep, those are the people that screw them up and have to pay someone,
    with what we like to call the right tool, to fix them.
    Even the T-Handle tool can do a crappy job if you are not careful.

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