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Wire wrap tool question
Posted: Tue Sep 05, 2006 8:55 am
I do alot of wire wrapping using a hand held tool (looks like a jewelers screwdriver) with 30 gauge Kynar wire (it comes in pretty purple...
Now this is all fun and dandy, BUT, I think a faster tool is needed.
Can anyone recommend an automatic wirewrapping tool?
You know, auto stripping, cutting etc...
Posted: Tue Sep 05, 2006 12:14 pm
I've seen trigger powered and electric wire wrapping 'guns' but not one that would cut/strip. Like you I use the screwdriver looking, plain jane one.
Posted: Tue Sep 05, 2006 1:03 pm
They make hand held screwdrivers to do the job.
If you have a tiny electric screwdriver you can modify the tip. [1-1/2 round]
Posted: Tue Sep 05, 2006 3:26 pm
I just googled "power wire wrap tool" and came up with a bunch of sites. Their not too common anymore so the law of supply and demand took over and I see high prices now.
Last time I used one, I broke more wires than I sucessfully wrapped. I need the tactile feedback of a hand wrapper.
http://www.tessco.com/products/displayP ... groupId=55
Stripping is a seperate function and not integrated into the wrapper for the most part. As an alternative to a knife stripper, You can buy prestripped wire, buy a hot knife stripper or use lacquer coated wire wrap (like magnet wire it has a varnish coating that gets cut into by the square edges or the WW pins, easy to nik if you're not careful). Coated wire is great if you need to daisychain many pins.
Posted: Tue Sep 05, 2006 4:41 pm
Stripping? Never needed it for wire wrapping. Use the wire and terminals that are made for wire wrap, and the sharp edges of the terminal do the piercing of the insulation when it wraps.
Posted: Tue Sep 05, 2006 8:50 pm
My early days tool used to break the wire any way, usually about 10%, so nothing has really changed.
Great connection, just a little too tall?
I still have a load of DOD wiring and I am always amazed how they got it right.