group's best tip

As you all know, I'm an RCM regular. I write queries for the ideas I
wouldn't have thought of. I like readings other's posts for the
questions I wouldn't have considered.
My vote for best idea I never considered was using a portable drill to
tap. I just finished tapping about 200 holes in an electrical cabinet,
not one broken tap and it only takes a second. What a time saver.
Next, I'll be crimping maybe 500 terminals with a crimper I learned
about on RCM.
If you have the patience to fliter out the flotsam, this is a pretty
good group.
thanks guys,
Reply to
Karl Townsend
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Well said, sir.
-- Know how to listen, and you will profit even from those who talk badly. -- Plutarch
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Larry Jaques
I'm with you. There are many good tips, on this group.
I learned the value of cordless drills in 1985. Worked for a fellow who used them for drilling holes, turning screws, and also threaded taps. Bit of WD-40 on the tap and reverse direction frequently.
For next week's lesson, we'll discuss creative ways to find 110 VAC when using corded drills.
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Stormin Mormon
Especially true for modern 'screwdriver / drills' that stop the chuck quickly when you release the trigger. Works a treat.
In the future, I'd like to see 'tapping mode' available as an option on battery drills:
Light chuck pressure: Motor CCW at trigger speed Heavier chuck pressure: Motor CW at trigger speed A knob on the side would adjust the pressure threshold.
It'd make tapping even easier and make hole drilling faster, too.
That one got past me. What crimper is that, Karl?
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Steve B
Portable drill? My dad used to use a 3/8" drive air impact wrench.
It makes me cringe, now, to think of it, but we didn't often break taps, even though we were tapping into weldments.
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Tim Wescott
The dynamics of impact drivers are interesting, comparing a regular drill with driver bit to an impact driver with driver bit, the impact driver will drive longer screws into harder materials and with far less broken screws than the drill. I expect similar applies to taps.
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Pete C.
Oh boy, I don't have a link. its a rachet type crimper that I bought from Mcmaster carr. Many suggested the harbor freight unit.
I had used a pliers type for years, not knowing of this better unit.
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Karl Townsend
It's a good group for anyone who
(1) has the patience to filter out the flotsam and (2) lacks other superhuman traits such as omniscience
I like tapping with a cylinder-shape electric screwdriver, actually; even if it twists in my hand, it does so on-axis and the precious tap doesn't go snap.
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True, but when an impact driver breaks a piece of metal there is a lot more energy released. I've seen broke wheel studs fly half way across a parking lot when they broke. Luckily, it wasn't from my truck and that no one was parked in the marked area. The place did big trucks & tour buses.
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Michael A. Terrell
OK thanks anyway.
I've also experienced the opposite, where the old pliers - type actually made a better crimp than an (admittedly cheap) pair of ratcheting crimpers.
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Ive used a "butterfly" with some sucess with taps.
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Gunner Asch
Up, cordless drills with the clutch that lets you set max force is awesome. I've tapped panels that way for almost two decades.
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I agree, the rachet is really great for the exact wire size with the exact connector. Do something a bit non standard, pull out the plier unit.
Reply to
Karl Townsend
Karl, look into a "Handworker" to operate the plier type crimper. They are air driven tool holder/operators. We used to do many cutting/ crimping jobs and had two handworkers. Sold one to a customer for his crimping work.
The ratchet crimpers are ok for us guys with big hands and strong grip, but my lady assemblers quickly got hand cramps from the ratchet crimpers.
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At 500 terminals, you probably would benefit from a compressed air powered one. (Less chance of RMI.) I picked up a nice one at a hamfest this summer, with crimp head for 22-16 Ga wire (red terminals), and I have a second head for 16-14 Ga wire (blue terminals). For 12-10 Ga (yellow terminals) I am still stuck with muscle power. :-) All AMP brand -- my favorite.
Enjoy, DoN.
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DoN. Nichols

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