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Milwaukee Designs New Tool for Crimping Overhead Distribution Lines

April 30, 2020
The 6T Pistol Utility Crimper is lightweight and designed to work in tight spaces.

Milwaukee Tool launched the new M18 FORCE LOGIC 6T Pistol Utility Crimper to crimp overhead lines. Suitable for making connections at shoulder height and above, the 6T pistol crimper is a lightweight and balanced pistol-style crimping tool. These features pair with the tool’s 340-deg rotating head for the easiest alignment and access in tight spaces.

“As a core element of critical infrastructure, distribution line maintenance work is often performed in the most extreme conditions, thus making the health and safety of crews a critical focus. At Milwaukee, we’re dedicated to developing the most ergonomic and reliable crimping solutions on the market, as seen in our game-changing 6T12T, and 15T crimpers,” said Troy Marks, senior product manager for Milwaukee Tool. “With the introduction of the M18 FORCE LOGIC 6T Pistol Utility Crimper, we’re able to deliver this same industry-leading technology in a 6T crimping tool for crews that prefer a pistol-style orientation for overhead applications."

The M18 FORCE LOGIC 6T Pistol Utility Crimper is not only the lightest 6T pistol crimper available, but it’s also designed with numerous features to give users maximum control and versatility. A repositioned grip helps balance the tool, while a 340-deg rotating head provides a neutral wrist position regardless of the way the user needs to crimp, delivering the easiest alignment in the industry. Eight interchangeable jaws allow users to tackle of variety of applications with this one tool, including up to 4/0 line taps and up to 750MCM Cu, 1000MCM Al, 477 ACSR, ½-in. EHS Guy Wire, 3/8-in. Rebar, and 3/8-in. Ground Rod.

Featuring Predictive Force Monitoring (PFM), an adaptive pressure control system, the tool constantly measures force output delivering consistent speed that won’t bog down on larger connectors. A green LED indicator light provides users instant pressure verification to ensure they’ve achieved the correct pressure every time. Pre-crimp battery check automatically ensures there’s enough battery charge to fully complete each crimp and not get stuck on a connector, a common occurrence with competitive units.

When powered by an M18 REDLITHIUM CP2.0 Battery Pack, the tool delivers up to 240 crimps per charge and is optimized for consistent performance from -20°C/-4°F to 60°C/140°F giving confidence that any job can be completed in any environment. For maximum protection against the elements, sealed electronics keep dirt, dust and moisture out, protecting internal components for the longest tool life in the industry.

As a complete problem-solving solution, the tool is compatible with the digital platform, ONE KEY, which allows the user to sync the tool wirelessly with their mobile device or desktop. Users can upload data and history to create custom reports that track the pressure and timing of every crimp, identify where and when the tool was last seen, and track the utilization and service intervals of the tool to maximize uptime and keep inventory lean.

 The new M18 FORCE LOGIC 6T Pistol Utility Crimper joins a wide range of power tools, cordless crimpers and cutters, high-output lighting, hand tools, storage and linemen accessories that continue to deliver on this mission.

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