Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Victoria B.C. Canada
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I would take a machine swage over Nicropress but not over a good mechanical fitting like the Hayn HiMod or StaLock. These fittings are superior to any machine swage and very easy to use, particularly the Hayn HiMod.
As far as the Nicropress not only is the correct crimp tool expensive but there is no neat way to do it - you end up with the wire l going around a thimble and then attach that to a turnbuckle. And I doubt the thimbles were chosen with the correct eye sizing for the pins either. It seems to me that someone who is concerned about the thickness of chainplates that lasted decades would want to do a neater job of the wire ends that will last longer.
Congrats on finishing - post a few pictures.
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