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Lifeline swaging tool?
E, I''ve carried the hand swage tools (both sizes) for perhaps 3 decades now, used them for many things including making lifeline mods and changing out lifelines on multple boats (tho'' not my current one), and I''ve had no reason to expect the quality of the swages to be any different than when using the large tool (which I''ve also been able to use many times). Be sure to follow the directions on how to swage an oval (ferrule) properly, and consider using a ratcheting socket wrench to speed up the operation.
Having said that, each time I dig out one of the wrench-operated hand tools, I''ve regretted not buying the large swage tool many years ago. Every job is easier and quicker. So my advice would be to consider buying the big tool now and enjoying its ownership for a long time.