Low-force Powered Trigger Utility Crimper

A low-force, trigger-operated utility crimper designed to reduce finger tendonitis and provide easy access in tight spaces.


A low-force powered trigger utility crimper is a battery-powered, hydraulic crimping tool designed to reduce the effort required for crimping operations. It provides a low-force, trigger-operated solution that minimizes manual exertion and reduces the potential for fatigue. The tool's design allows for one-handed operation, making it easier to use in constrained spaces or when the operator is in an awkward position.

Manual crimping tools require significant hand and arm strength to operate, which can lead to fatigue, strain, and long-term musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) for workers in the electrical, utility, and construction industries. These manual tools can be especially challenging to use in tight or awkward spaces, or when wearing safety gloves, which can further increase the risk of injury.

Milwaukee M18™ FORCE LOGIC™ 12T Utility Crimper

A low-force powered trigger utility crimper, such as the M18™ FORCE LOGIC™ 12T Utility Crimper by Milwaukee Tool (figure 1), introduces a battery-powered, hydraulic solution designed to lessen the physical demands of crimping. This low-force, trigger-operated tool aims to minimize manual exertion, thereby reducing the potential for fatigue among workers. Its design facilitates one-handed operation, offering ease of use in constrained spaces or awkward positions, which enhances safety and efficiency on the job site.

Figure 1. Milwaukee Tool M18™ FORCE LOGIC™ 12T Utility Crimper (Photo courtesy of Milwaukee Tool)

The crimping tool employs a hydraulic system activated by an M18™ REDLITHIUM™ battery, delivering consistent force without the need for manual pressure. Incorporating FORCE LOGIC™ Technology, it ensures each crimp is executed with optimal pressure and timing, leading to reliable connections. The tool's ergonomic design and balanced weight distribution aim to lessen strain on the operator's hands, wrists, and shoulders, making the crimping process less physically taxing. Additionally, its one-handed operation capability allows the user to maintain stability or maneuverability with their free hand, enhancing safety and precision.

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Risks Addressed:

Stressful hand and wrist activity, and prolonged overhead work, can cause musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) such as muscle strains; tendonitis, which is inflammation of elbow, wrist, or shoulder tendons; or carpal tunnel syndrome, which is compression of a wrist nerve, resulting in finger numbness and loss of hand strength.

How Risks are Reduced:

A low-force powered trigger utility crimper is designed to minimize the risk of MSDs by incorporating ergonomic features aimed at reducing stressful hand and wrist activities. Its design focuses on balancing the weight of the tool to prevent it from leaning forward or backward during use, thereby reducing wrist strain. The crimper's handle is elongated to ensure a comfortable and secure grip, even when wearing bulky gloves, which helps in maintaining control of the tool and minimizing accidental exertions that could lead to injuries.

Additional Considerations:

It is recommended users follow all manufacturer guidelines before using this equipment to ensure worker safety and compliance with applicable local, state or federal regulations.


Jean Christophe Le - CPWR The Center for Construction Research and Training

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To obtain information, visit M18™ FORCE LOGIC™ 12 Ton Utility Crimper or contact 1-800-729-3878

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