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Post: "Norseman Or Sta-Lok?"

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Brian Duff

The correct tool to cut the wire is a hacksaw, or a thin cutoff wheel (as Bud said).

This is because all these fittings use pressure against the end of the wire to 'form' the strands around the cone. Well, the Hayn doesn't 'form' the wires but it still pushed against them. The Felco do not cut all the wires at the same length, typically 'mash' some of the strand ends or pinch them which can make the fittings gall or seize while putting together.

You would be very smart to fill the Hayn fittings with sealant, to protect the stainless. I know they say not to, but you will NEVER get enough air moving though there to keep the stainless healthy, so best to try and keep the water and salt out. Ask Sta-Lok or Norseman why after many decades of production, they still recommend filling the fitting with sealant

Brian Duff
BVI Yacht Sales

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