September 29, 2008

Eaton Introduces ET 1280 Variable Crimp Machine
With Dial Indicator To Provide Precision Adjustment

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. … Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton has introduced a new Weatherhead® hose crimping machine that offers a wide crimp capability and outstanding ease of use at a competitive price. The new ET1280 variable crimp machine will handle virtually all Weatherhead® hose styles through -20 SAE100R12 hose and fittings. The key benefit of the new ET1280 variable crimp machine is a dial indicator that is used to control crimp diameter, providing a high degree of precision while maintaining the ability to adjust finished crimp diameter to meet application requirements.

“The ET1280 builds on the proven design history of Eaton crimp machines,” said Terry A. Newsome, Eaton product manager for the Weatherhead line. “It uses the same basic frame and construction as well as a quick-change crimp cage to simplify the operator’s task and makes the crimp machine easy to use.”

The ET1280 also uses traditional one-piece collets. Power is supplied by a high volume hand pump, a turbo air/hydraulic power unit, or a 12-volt DC power unit. The ET1280 is also compatible with any 10,000 psi hydraulic power source.

Eaton offers the ET1280 in a robust upright model that can be mounted to service vehicles or your shop bench. The upright model comes standard with a work light and a 110-volt, 1.5 HP electric power unit.

Eaton’s Hydraulics Business is a segment of the Eaton Fluid Power Group. The business is a worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of a comprehensive line of reliable, high-efficiency hydraulic systems and components for use in mobile and industrial applications. Mobile and industrial markets include agriculture, construction, mining, forestry, utility, material handling, earthmoving, truck and bus, machine tools, molding, primary metals, automotive, power generation, port machinery and entertainment. Eaton’s Hydraulics Business provides customer-driven solutions under brand names such as Aeroquip®, Boston®, Char-Lynn®, Eaton®, Hydro-Line®, Synflex®, Vickers®, Walterscheid™, and Weatherhead®. For more information, visit

Eaton Corporation is a diversified power management company with 2007 sales of $13 billion. Eaton is a global technology leader in electrical systems for power quality, distribution and control; hydraulics components, systems and services for industrial and mobile equipment; aerospace fuel, hydraulics and pneumatic systems for commercial and military use; and truck and automotive drivetrain and powertrain systems for performance, fuel economy and safety. Eaton has 81,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 150 countries. For more information, visit


Lynn Soule
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