*This Page was Updated on 2/14/2021.*
What are Deutsch Tools?
Deutsch tools are handheld devices that have been specifically designed to work with Deutsch pins and sockets and offer the optimal pressure and crimp every time. Additionally, they work with wedge-locks, contacts, and connector bodies to ensure proper insertion, retention, and removal each time. Throughout this page, we will take a look at each of these tools, what they are designed for, and how they can benefit you. In the end, we offer everything you could possibly need to create an environmentally sealed connection. To head over to our connector body section, click HERE.
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What makes Deutsch tools unique?
Deutsch tools are unique in that they are designed to work with pins, sockets, connectors, and wedge-locks that other tools simply cannot handle. Other tools do not have the capability to handle contact removal, wedge-lock removal, or contact termination. This is why it is essential to use the correct tools for the job each and every time.
Why do I need to use Deutsch tools?
I hate to be redundant here, but without Deutsch tools, you simply cannot get the correct crimp on your terminals. You may get close, but with electrical connections, close is not good enough. Seriously, I cannot stress enough just how important it is to use the proper tools for the job. Also, without the proper wedge-lock removal tool or contact removal tool you will end up damaging the connector body trying to get the wedge-lock or contact out. This is why you need to use Deutsch tools. Now that you know why you should use them, let’s talk about the difference between each of these tools.
What is the difference between these tools?
There is a wide range of differences between these various tools including what they do, what they can be used on, and where each can be used. Each of these tools is catered to a unique purpose and together they become an arsenal to handle any Deutsch connector issue you may run into. Below we will take a quick look at what makes these tools so useful.
Once you insert a contact into a Deutsch connecter, they lock into place making removal a difficult process. This is an intentional design so that the contacts do not loosen or back out over time. The fact is that sometimes you will need to remove them and this is where the contact removal tool comes into play. If you look at the design, you will see they have a central tube shaped like a “c”. This tube is placed around the wire and slid into the connector. The unique shape allows it to guide in safely and disengage the locking mechanism without any damage to the wire, contact, or connector body.
When crimping your contacts, it is essential that you get not only the correct pressure but also the correct form. You get both with the Deutsch Field Service Tool for DTM, DT, & DTP. It has three crimp nests so that you can properly crimp terminals of various gauges. This tool offers a two-indent crimp and is designed for use with 24-12 AWG wire, size 20-12 solid pins and sockets in DTM, DT, and DTP, as well as size 12 DTHD series contacts.
This adjustable tool is designed so that it can handle a range of terminal sizes making it a useful tool for production lines and field service. The Deutsch production crimper is for use with solid style pins and sockets and provides eight-indent mil-spec type crimps. With minor adjustments, this tool can handle 24-12 AWG wire, size 20-12 solid pins and sockets in DTM, DT, and DTP contacts as well as size 12 DTHD contacts.
In order to gain access to where the contacts are located, you will first need to remove the wedge-lock that holds them in place. This is no easy task as the wedge-lock is designed to “wedge” into the cavity and “lock” into place, which explains its name. In order to properly remove the wedge-lock without damaging any part of the connector, you will need to employ the wedge-lock removal tool. This tool has two sides. A flat side that can be used to pry and a hooked side that can be used to grab the wedge-lock body. Both sides, used in conjunction, can allow the wedge-lock to be easily and safely removed.
What products do Deutsch tools work with?
Deutsch tools are designed to work with, you guessed it, Deutsch connectors, pins, sockets, and wedge-locks. Each of these tools is specifically designed to be used with one of the types of Deutsch products mentioned above. Below we will take a quick look at each of these products.
When you are working with Deutsch connectors you want to use the Deutsch contact removal tool as well as Deutsch wedge-lock removal tool. As we discussed above, the Deutsch contact removal tool can make the process of contact removal painless and easy. In order to get to the contacts, however, you will need to remove the wedge-lock which is where the wedge-lock removal tool comes into play.
In order to properly install Deutsch pins and sockets to the ends of your wires, you will need to use the Field service tool for DTM, DT, & DTP as well as the Deutsch production crimper. Remember, these two tools are very different. They may both work with 24 AWG to 12 AWG terminals, but one is designed for use with terminals off a reel and the other is designed for use with closed barrel terminals. Knowing the difference can ensure that you get the tool you need for the task at hand.
Selecting the correct Deutsch tool is not an easy task. Contact a Pacer Group expert today with any questions that you may have.