Swaging Cable Railing with the Crenshaw Swager

The HAAS Stainless REVO and AXIS Cable Railing systems rely heavily on a good swage. If a swage is bad, you run the risk of having a tensioned cable fail.

The Crenshaw Swager

First, the Crenshaw Swager is built to last. We went with a special GEOMET® coating that outperforms coatings of other similar tools on the market. Additionally, the powder coated aluminum handles keep this tool from being too cumbersome despite being designed to apply massive amounts of pressure. When we designed the Crenshaw Swager, we wanted to give builders and contractors a better option for cable railing swagers. In many cases, offering cable railing installation for customers requires the contractor to have multiple size swagers on hand. We’ve eliminated that need with the Crenshaw swager which features interchangeable dies for different sized cable railing systems.

To change the dies in the Crenshaw swager, just open the handles of the swager, grab a flathead screwdriver and rotate the load pins on each jaw until the retention pins align with the slot in the swager jaws.

Slide out the pins and replace the dies with the set that you need. Then align the dies with the holes in the jaws, replace the load pins, and use a flathead screwdriver to turn the load pins until the retention pins fall into the retention pin indentation on the swager.

Swaging Technique

The technique explained here and in the video is the same technique whether you’re using 1/8" or 3/16" size cable railing systems.

First, insert the cable into the swage cavity of the fitting.

Make sure that the cable is seated all the way in the back of the swage cavity. Open the handles of your swager and place the fitting and cable between the dies of the swager.

NOTE: Every fitting has a designated swage area and it's where you need to swage the fitting. The swage area is in between the opening of the swage cavity and the first indentation line on the fitting. Make sure to not swage outside of this area because doing so will lead to a bad swage.


Once the fitting is properly aligned in the die, completely close the handles of the swager to make your first swage.

Slightly open the jaws of the swager, rotate the fitting approximately 90 degrees making sure the fitting stays within the swage area. Then close your handles again to make your final swage.

The fitting and cable are now permanently joined and ready for installation.

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