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Old 09-24-2012, 03:17 PM   #1
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Default About to install gauges looking for a decent crimping tool

I hate those cheapo crimpers that distort unevelently terminals and mess up insulated ones like the typical you would find in home depot, looking for a decent crimper.

Most of my crimpring will be 16 awg wires.

I kinda like these Amazon offerings, cost about the same, seems the S & G in the top picture have a better screw type die fastening system:



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Old 09-24-2012, 07:15 PM   #2
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That's over kill..... hop on a Snapon or matco truck. Ask them
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Old 09-24-2012, 08:43 PM   #3
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I got some strippers/crimpers from harbor freight. <$10. still work.
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Old 09-24-2012, 09:07 PM   #4
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I've got a pair similar to these, and I'm extremely happy with them. From what I understand, Klein makes a lot of specialized electrician and industrial tools.

http://www.amazon.com/Klein-J1005-Journeyman-Crimping-Cutting/dp/B000936OTY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1348535131&sr=8-1&keywords=klein+crimperhttp://www.amazon.com/Klein-J1005-Journeyman-Crimping-Cutting/dp/B000936OTY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1348535131&sr=8-1&keywords=klein+crimper


Pretty good value and versatility if you ask me.
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Old 09-27-2012, 08:51 PM   #5
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Why doesnt anyone wire things up right with solder and shrimkwrap.....
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Old 09-27-2012, 09:00 PM   #6
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Old 09-29-2012, 11:50 AM   #7
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Cold solder. Not done properly.




I think solder is the best way. But OP, I have the first crimper. It is a bit overkill for simple butt connectors. Great for specialized ends. I just brought mine home from work to crimp 8 gauge wire ends for my DIY ground kit.
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Old 09-29-2012, 12:20 PM   #8
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Silver solder and shrink-wrap <or> butt-connectors with shrink-wrap built-in.
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Old 10-01-2012, 02:42 PM   #9
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I work with something similar to number one. I love those things.
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Old 10-01-2012, 02:52 PM   #10
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You mean this? Why you love it?

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Old 10-01-2012, 03:14 PM   #11
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I've got a pair similar to these, and I'm extremely happy with them. From what I understand, Klein makes a lot of specialized electrician and industrial tools.

http://www.amazon.com/Klein-J1005-Jo...=klein+crimper


Pretty good value and versatility if you ask me.
Since you say similar did you get the Greenlee at Home Depot for half the price at $17 vs Klein's $37?


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Old 10-01-2012, 07:34 PM   #12
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Soldering is a skill only a percentage know how. And ya need a thin solder and good gun and clean ungreasy virgin. Wire.
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Old 10-04-2012, 05:59 AM   #13
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soldering is easy and superior to mechanical crimps:

1) stick end of wire into soldering paste so a bit is on the wire.
2) tin that end by heating until paste bubbles and apply a wee bit of solder...melted solder flows completely into wire braids.
3) repeat on 2nd wire.
4) slip on heat shrink
5) hold two wire sections in contact and parallel and heat until all solder is melted completely and remove heat.
6) continue to hold wires together until solder is firm.
7) shrink heat shrink around two ends.

soldering paste is avail in plumbing section of yer home improvement store for like $3.
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Old 10-04-2012, 07:42 AM   #14
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Soldering paste(flux) is not necessary with rosin-core solder, the flux is already in the solder. And, the paste you get at the plumbing store may contain acid and is NOT suitable for electrical use. Don't buy solder there either, it will be acid-core.
Get your soldering supplies at Radio Shack, their solder is actually pretty decent (at least it used to be).
Use a temperature-controlled soldering station for the best results, not a gun or high-wattage iron. Too much heat will produce poor results, more is not better.
See the sticky thread here about soldering.
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Old 10-04-2012, 12:22 PM   #15
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guys this is about crimping tools please.
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Old 10-04-2012, 12:32 PM   #16
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Old 10-04-2012, 12:38 PM   #17
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guys this is about crimping tools please.
Yes it is, but I had to add some corrected info regarding soldering. Carry on with the original topic.
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