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How to use a #1-SC Hand Swager

Welcome to Loos and Company’s How-To video series, demonstrating our LOCOLOC line of handswagers

In this video we will be demonstrating the proper use of our #1 SC handswaging tool

This is a five cavity tool, capable of swaging 1/16 through 3/16 aluminum and copper oval and stop sleeves and is proudly made here in the USA

Each of our tools come individually boxed and labelled with our part number and lot number

And come with a complete set of instructions to guide you in the proper operation of our handswagers

As well as a parts list should your tool ever need to be repaired

This tool also comes with a go gauge for checking the finish after swage dimension of your fitting

A packet of grease is also included to keep your tool operating smoothly over the course of time

Notice the snap over center action when the tool is put into the closed position

This ensures that each compression of the tool is complete

Notice the warning label on each of our tools

You will want to make sure you are not using around the tool around electrical wires or an electrical panel and always use safety goggles and protective gear

The jaws of the tool are clearly marked to identify the size of the cable that is to be used with each cavity

Loos and Company highly recommends the use of our FELCO cable cutters

These cutters are made in Switzerland and are by far the best cable cutters on the market

The V-shaped construction of the blades are designed to compress the individual strands of the cable as you make the cut, so that it gives you a clean angle cut every time

This allows the operator to quickly put on a desired fitting without any frayed or loosed wires

For this demonstration we will be making a loop

You will notice that the cable easily passes through the oval sleeve and can easily be formed into a loop

It is important to note that whenever attaching a fitting of this type, that you leave a tail at least one cable diameter protruding from the fitting

This ensures that the cable is compressed over the entire length of the fitting

For this demonstration we will be compressing a 3/16 oval sleeve which requires the largest rear cavity of the tool

Starting at the end of the fitting furthest from the loop, begin to make your first compression

After the first compression we recommend that you use the supplied go gauge to check the finished after swage dimension using the corresponding cavity in the gauge

The gauge should pass easily over the swaged area

Since this is a 3/16 diameter cable, the instructions dictate that four compressions need to be made to complete this attachment

Continue by making the next three compressions over the length of the fitting, working your way towards the loop

After each compression, rotate the loop 180 degrees to keep the sleeve from bending

The compression should be spaced evenly over the entire length of the fitting

Upon completion, check each compression with the go gauge

This properly swaged fitting will generate full breaking strength on the cable

All of our LOCLOLOC tools are fully adjustable

If your LOCOLOC handswager should ever fail to make a swage that will not pass the go gauge, you can adjust the handswager using an allen wrench

By making ¼ increment turns until your tool produces a swage that will pass the go gauge

This concludes our video demonstration, thank you for watching

#1-SC MULTI-GROOVE HANDSWAGING TOOL FOR 1/16”, 3/32", 1/8", 5/32, & 3/16"

Cable splicing is much easier if the cable is cut clean without frayed ends. We highly recommend  C7, C9, C12 or C16 cable cutters as shown in the Loos & Co. Cableware Division catalog. LOCOLOC® Oval and Stop sleeves in a complete range of sizes are available.

Sleeves elongate after compression. To assure maximum holding allow the end of the cable to extend beyond the sleeve after it is compressed (see illustration below).  Keep the jaws of the swager at right angles to the sleeve being compressed, making sure the sleeve is aligned in the jaw grooves. Then close the handles of the swager completely. (Note: for lap splices, at least two oval sleeves should be used.)

Each Loos & Co. LOCOLOC® Swager is designed to work with one or more specific size sleeves. FOR USE ON ALL METAL CONSTRUCTION CABLES, 7×7, 7×19, 6×19 IWRC ON SIZES UP TO 3/16. You will not obtain performance if you do not use the proper swager and sleeve combination. The chart below shows the specific size sleeve to be used with a particular swager number. All compressions must be gauged to assure maximum holding strength, and it is recommended that all assemblies should be proof-tested.

SWAGER OPERATION INSTRUCTIONS

Figure 1
Figure 1

Place sleeve to be compressed in proper size groove in swaging tool. Single cavity tools should match cable size to be swaged. Length of cable equal to the cable diameter should extend beyond length of sleeve to achieve maximum holding. (See arrow in figure 3)

Figure 2
Figure 2

Keep jaws of swaging tool at right angles to the sleeve to be compressed, making sure the sleeve is aligned in the jaw grooves. Close tool completely. Tool handles should snap shut, indicating complete closure.

Figure 3
Figure 3

Finished sleeve should look like this. Be sure sleeves have been compressed the proper number of times. (See NUMBER OF COMPRESSIONS table below)

Figure 4
Figure 4

Use Swaging gauge provided with the tool to check proper after swage diameter. Compressed sleeve should slide freely into size slot of gauge.

SWAGER OPERATION INSTRUCTIONS

Your Loos & Co. LOCOLOC® Swager has been designed to give you years of trouble free service. To obtain the best possible performance, we recommend: (1) clean and lubricate all moving parts regularly; (2) keep all bolts tight; (3) keep your swager properly adjusted using the following simple procedure:

Each LOCOLOC® Swager is supplied with a gauge. Select the slot in the gauge corresponding to the sleeve size being compressed. The compressed portion of the sleeve should pass into the gauge easily. If it does not, then adjust your swager as follows:

With the handles apart, use a 3/16″ Allen wrench to tighten set screw in handle 1/4 turn. Then compress sleeve and check with the gauge. Continue this procedure until the compressed portion of the sleeve passes easily into the gauge. These instructions apply to all #1-SC, #0, #0-SC, and #1-BSC Loos & Co. LOCOLOC® Swagers

"CAUTION" OVER-ADJUSTMENT WILL CAUSE THE ADJUSTMENT BOLT TO BREAK!
NUMBER OF COMPRESSIONS
Cable DiameterAluminum & Copper
Oval SleevesStop Sleeves
1/16"21
3/32"22
1/8"32
5/32"32
3/16"42
If you are swaging only one size sleeve, select the proper tool number from this chart.
SWAGER FOR ALUMINUM OR COPPER OVAL SLEEVESSWAGER FOR ALUMINUM OR COPPER STOP SLEEVESSWAGER FOR STAINLESS STEEL OVAL SLEEVES
CABLE DIA.USE TOOL NO.CABLE DIA.USE TOOL NO.CABLE DIA.USE TOOL NO.
3/64"0-3/643/64"0-3/643/64"0-3/64
1/16"0-1/161/16"0-1/161/16"0-3/64
3/32"0-3/323/32"0-3/323/32"0-1/16
1/8"0-1/81/8"0-1/81/8"0-3/32
5/32"0-5/325/32"0-1/85/32"0-1/8
3/16"0-3/163/16"0-1/83/16"0-5/32
7/32"0-7/327/32"0-1/87/32"0-3/16
1/4"0-1/41/4"0-1/41/4"0-7/32
9/32"0-9/329/32"0-1/4  
5/16"0-5/165/16"0-1/4  
  3/8"0-1/4  
#1-SC Parts Breakdown
#1-SC Parts Breakdown
Part#DescriptionQty.
301-L-1Handle, left1
309-1Connecting Pin3
 
300-1ASwaging Jaw Head Assy.1
SOLD AS ASSEMBLY ONLY, INCLUDES:
300-1 jawsSwaging Jaw Set1
302-1Back Plate1
303-1Front Plate1
304-1Fulcrum Pin1
305-1Jaw Bolt1
306-1Plate Bolt1
307-1Nut for Jaw Bolt2
308-1Nut for Plate Bolt1
 
301-R-1AHandle Assembly, right1
SOLD AS ASSEMBLY ONLY, INCLUDES:
301-R-1Handle1
309-1Connecting Pin1
310-1Adjusting Arm1
311-1Adjusting Screw1
312-1Washer1
313-1Nylon Bushing1