Deutsch Connectors – The Basics:
Deutsch DTM Series:
This size 20 connector will accommodate wire sizes from 22-16 gauge depending on which contact is used. DTM connectors come in 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 12 pin configurations. The maximum current (amp) draw on each pin would be 7.5 amps continuously.
Deutsch DT Series:
This size 16 connector will accommodate wire sizes from 20-14 gauge depending on which contact is used.. DT connectors come in 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 12 pin configurations. The maximum current (amp) draw on each pin would be 13 amps continuously.
Deutsch DTP Series:
This size 12 connectors will accommodate wire from 14-10 gauge depending on which contact is used. DTP connectors are only available in 2 and 4 pin configurations. The maximum current (amp) draw on each pin would be 25 amps continuously.
Now that we have some basic knowledge on the Deutsch DT family of connectors, Lets take a quick look at the contacts or as most people call the “terminals”.
Whats makes up a connector assembly?
Good question… Every connector has a “male” and a “female” for the DT family of connectors these called out by “plug and receptacle” and within that plug and receptacle there will be (1) wedgelock and some contacts. Below we have linked some plug and receptacles for you to look at as well as some some wedgelocks and contact.
- Plug DT06
Male connector with female sockets
- Receptacle DT04
Female connector with male pins. there are two types of receptacles connectors inline and flange, the flange connectors will have the suffix of “L012”
- Deutsch Wedgelocks
On the DT series you will have an orange wedgelock on the plug side and a green wedgelock on the receptacle side. For DTM and DTP series both sides are orange
- Contacts aka Terminals
Every connector body will need contacts,Lets say you have a 2 pin DT plug connector (DT06-2S) you would need (2) Size 16 female sockets. The mating connector to the DT06-2S would be a DT04-2P and this connector would use (2) Size 16 male pins.
- Deutsch Extraction Removal Tool DT-RT1
This is your secret weapon right here….. trying to remove the wedgleocks from the connectors once they have been installed can be rough. This tool right here will save you tons of hassle by making the removal of the wedgelocks a breeze. For 12 bucks its worth every last cent.
Deutsch Contact Basics:
In order to attach your wires to the connector you must use a terminal. In the Deutsch world they call terminals “Contacts” and from this point on we will refer to terminals as contacts.
Deutsch manufactures 2 different types of contacts both types are available in either gold or nickle plating.
The solid contact is a machined contact that used a 4 way indent system to crimp the contact to the wire. The solid contact is the most commonly used contact due to its extreme durability.
The Stamped And Formed contact is a stamped sheet metal contact that will perform to the same standards as the solid contact, but is much easier to crimp and also is less expensive to purchase. You can crimp the stamped and formed terminal with most any open barrel typed of crimp tool. When using the stamped contact you can usually get a slight larger wire into the terminal vs using a solid contact.
Deutsch Contact Sizes:
|Contact Size||Series||Contact Style||Contact Plating||Wire Range||Max Current|
|Solid – Green Stripe||Nickle||16-14||13|
|Solid – Green Stripe||Gold||16-14||13|
|Stamped & Formed||Nickle||18-14||13|
|Stamped & Formed||Nickle||20-16||7.5|
|Stamped & Formed||Nickle||14-10||25|
Deutsch Crimp Tools
Now that we know the difference between solid and stamps contacts we have to crimp the wire to our contact. Have a look below for the proper crimp tool based on which terminal you would be using.
Solid Contact: for the best possible crimp you will want use one of these 3 tools, we have ranked these tools in order of the best bang for the buck and reliability and ease of use.
- Deutsch 4 Way Indent Crimp Tool
This tool has quickly become our best selling tooling. This tool is made to the exact specifications as the Deutsch HDT-48-00, but without the high price tag. We love this tool!
- Deutsch HDT-48-00 Crimp Tool
This is by far the most popular tool on the market today for hand crimping solid contacts in the field or in your lab. We really have nothing bad to say about this tool other than the inflated price tag that it carries. The tool in my #1 position handles the exact same workload, and delivers a precisely controlled crimp every time at roughly $70-90.00 less.
- Deutsch HDT-1561 Field Service Crimp Tool
This tool is another great tool offered by Deutsch specially designed for field service repair. We would recommend this tool for the occasional user, someone that likes a smaller lighter tool with less bells and whistles. Like most Deutsch tools this tool can be expensive, in fact it is more expensive than our #1 pick above.
Stamped & Formed Contact: when crimping the stamped contacts we have to produce 2 separate crimps:
- Crimp conductor (wire)
- Crimp insulation (jacket)
When choosing a crimp tool for stamped contacts it basically comes down to, do you want to crimp both the wire and the jacket at the same time? If your answer is yes… Then you will want to use the DTT series Deutsch crimp tool. If your answer is something like well… “I am not sure what do you recommend?” Then we will say the most expensive tool is not always my favorite. Here is what I would purchase if money was not a concern.
- Sargent Open Barrel Crimp Tool 1028 CT
At just under $30.00 and Made In USA, this tool is my favorite tool. Now.. With this tool you will need to crimp your terminal in (2) steps. Wire first then the conductor. Best part is we can crimp from 24-14 gauge which will take care of the DTM and DT lines of connectors. If you are using the DTP most any larger open barrel crimp tool will work just make sure it can handle 14-10 gauge wire.
- Deutsch DTT-16-00 Size 16 Crimp Tool
This crimp tool will crimp both the wire and the insulation at the same time. This is a great production tool that is very easy to use. You will be able to crimp all size 16 stamped contacts from 20-14 gauge which covers the DT series of connectors and also other size 16 Deutsch industrial contacts.
- Deutsch Size 20 Crimp Tool
This crimp tool will crimp both the wire and the insulation at the same time. This is a great production tool that is very easy to use. You will be able to crimp all size 20 stamped contacts from 22-16 gauge which covers the DTM series of connectors and also other size 20 Deutsch industrial contacts.
- Deutsch DTT-12-00 DTP Crimp Tool
This crimp tool will crimp both the wire and the insulation at the same time. This is a great production tool that is very easy to use. You will be able to crimp most 12 stamped contacts from 14-12 gauge which covers the DTP series of connectors and also other size 12 Deutsch industrial contacts.