Venhill VT13 cable inner wire bird caging tool
“If you want to make your own cables it will be indespensable”
THERE ARE some tools that rarely see the light of day but when you need them, nothing else will do. You can then delight in your own foresight in adding them to your DIY armoury. One such is the Venhill VT13 cable inner-wire bird-caging tool.
Anyone who’s ever had occasion to solder a nipple onto a cable will know the pain of attempting to form a ‘bird cage’ on the end of the inner to prevent it pulling back through the hole. Quite often that pain is literal. The ends of the cable inner’s strands are cruelly sharp and guaranteed to draw blood from the ball of your thumb unless you’re very lucky or very wary.
This tool gets around all that, guaranteeing a perfect bird cage every time and with the Venhill VT13 tool, any injuries sustained will be down to the operator and their own foolishness.
The device is suitable for use with 1.5mm, 2mm and 2.5mm diameter cable inner wire. Its operation is simplicity itself. You clamp the cable in the appropriate slot in the jaws of the cast blocks using a vice, leaving the end of the cable inner wire poking up into the circular recess formed by the clamped jaws. Then, taking the appropriate punch depending on which size of inner wire you’re working with, hammer it onto the end of the wire and down into the recess to form a perfect ‘bird cage’.
At a few pennies under a hundred quid, the VT13 cable inner wire bird caging tool isn’t cheap. But if you make your own cables, or indeed want to get into making them, it will soon become indispensable.
Cost: £99.79 In use for: six months Contact: venhill.co.uk
A fine nipple, we’re sure you’ll agree We rate it five for use, only the price marks it down