# AMP MTA Connector Tool?

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#### redbrickhat

Jan 1, 1970
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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. P #### Pooh Bear Jan 1, 1970 0 redbrickhat said: 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.

To terminate them properly you do indeed need the tool.

Graham

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#### redbrickhat

Jan 1, 1970
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Is it true that some people use a mallet or a screwdriver?

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#### Pooh Bear

Jan 1, 1970
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redbrickhat said:
Is it true that some people use a mallet or a screwdriver?

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

Graham

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#### Fred Abse

Jan 1, 1970
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If they want to make a bad job of it I expect.

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.

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#### Pooh Bear

Jan 1, 1970
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Fred said:
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.

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

Graham

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#### James Beck

Jan 1, 1970
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Is it true that some people use a mallet or a screwdriver?
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.

Jim

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