Radial taper tool for compressing electrical connectors

  • US 6,112,404 A
  • Filed: 07/07/1998
  • Issued: 09/05/2000
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/07/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A tool for attaching a connector to an end of a cable, the tool receiving the connector when in an open position and attaching the connector to the cable when in a closed position, the tool comprising:

  • a body having an O-frame in the open and closed positions, the O-frame defining a compression region for receiving the end of the cable and the connector;

    a lever handle pivotally attached to the body;

    a plunger mounted for longitudinal sliding motion relative to the body, the plunger having a first end extending into the compression region and a second end driven by the lever handle, the lever handle longitudinally moving the plunger between an extended position and a retracted position; and

    a die formed from a pair of die halves mounted to the body, the die including a longitudinally tapered cavity axially aligned with the plunger for conically compressing the connector as the plunger is moved to the extended position, the die being openable to release the connector from the tapered cavity after the connector is compressed.

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