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Old 25-02-2011, 14:34   #16
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Re: 4/0 Lug/Connector Crimper

A "hammer" tool is usually a STAKING tool, not a crimping tool. Whether staking is as good as crimping is a whole other debate.

But there have been mixed reviews on Harbor Freight's wonderful chinese hydraulic crimping tool, something like $50 from their web site and $75 from their stores, apparently coming from more than one source in more than one quality grade. Still, it might be worth a look if you've got one of their stores around.

And as Carl said, Gen'dealz offers great rates if you can buy them pre-crimped.
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Old 25-02-2011, 14:49   #17
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Re: 4/0 Lug/Connector Crimper

Didn't we have a thread a year or three back where one of our member posted pics where he crimped some fittings with different crimping tools then carefully cut them in half just to show the difference in crimps? It was very interesting to those of us with no lives.
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Re: 4/0 Lug/Connector Crimper

I used something like this:

Amazon.com: Hydraulic Battery Cable/Wire Crimping Tool: Automotive

Except I paid about $150 for the one on Ebay that came with dies down to 4/0 I think. I did a lot of 2/0, 1/0, 2, and 4 crimps and it did a great job. Had to do a little research to figure out which dies to use with which wire but I'm very happy with the results. In hindsight it would have been a little easier to operate with a helper though.
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Old 25-02-2011, 15:26   #19
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Re: 4/0 Lug/Connector Crimper

I have been happy with this tool for $114... if you type in the coupon "CASH" you get an additional $10 off

Discount Automotive Tools - eToolDirect

Here is the first crimp...ignore the exposed wire:



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I very much favor the German-made Greenlee KD9-2GL crimper (AWG8 to 4/0). It is first-class and these days can be had for the bargain price of $217, viz

Greenlee 02628 NA Manual Crimping Tools K-Series Crimping Tool 8-4/0 A

I also have the smaller version (KD5-1GL) which is for AWG8 to 1/0. It's great, too, but the big one is what you want for up to 4/0 cable.

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Ordered this an hour ago $219.00 on Ebay. GREENLEE K09-2GL CRIMPING TOOL ***NEW*** on eBay.ca (item 280509012126 end time 14-Mar-11 15:13:30 EDT)

Thanks all, I'll let you know how I make out.

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I also have the smaller version (KD5-1GL) which is for AWG8 to 1/0. It's great, too, but the big one is what you want for up to 4/0 cable.

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Will the KD5 tool crimp the 'heavy duty' cable lugs (up to 1/0) that one could buy from Genuinedealz?
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Sorry, meant heavy walled lugs.
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Re: 4/0 Lug/Connector Crimper

I wonder if you could use a "Swag-it" tool for this purpose. Anyone tried it?
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Will the KD5 tool crimp the 'heavy duty' cable lugs (up to 1/0) that one could buy from Genuinedealz?
Yes. No problem.

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I wonder if you could use a "Swag-it" tool for this purpose. Anyone tried it?
Yes, the Swage-It tool works quite well. I've used mine on occasion for emergencies, when I didn't have a proper crimp tool available.

However, unless you have an abundance of time on your hands -- or don't consider your time very valuable -- you'd be much better off with a proper crimp tool.

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Re: 4/0 Lug/Connector Crimper

I have regretted spending too little on a cheap tool I "thought" I would only use once.
I have never regretted buying expensive tools and somewhere down the road they always get used again.

You did yourself a favor buying a decent tool
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I very much favor the German-made Greenlee KD9-2GL crimper (AWG8 to 4/0). It is first-class and these days can be had for the bargain price of $217, viz

Greenlee 02628 NA Manual Crimping Tools K-Series Crimping Tool 8-4/0 A

I also have the smaller version (KD5-1GL) which is for AWG8 to 1/0. It's great, too, but the big one is what you want for up to 4/0 cable.

Bill
Bill,
When using the Greenlee KD9-2GL, do you put 1 or 2 crimps on a 2/0 or larger lug. I have been putting two crimps, but maybe it is unnecessary?
Thanks,
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Re: 4/0 Lug/Connector Crimper

Having converted to electric propulsion three years ago. Good cable crimps are pretty important on an electric boat. I went with a heavy duty racheting crimper:
THE BIANKA LOG BLOG: GOING ELECTRIC PART 18: Tools of the electric sailor.
After shopping around on internet I was able to find the pictured crimper for about $160. Worked real well crimping up the 2 awg wire used on the battery bank. No problems in three years since I did the installation.
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I have regretted spending too little on a cheap tool I "thought" I would only use once.
I have never regretted buying expensive tools and somewhere down the road they always get used again.

You did yourself a favor buying a decent tool
I will agree. I did a bunch of small electrical wiring last winter and used the cheap automotive crimpers (not knowing any better), but did buy the quality heatshrink connectors over the cheap plastic sleeved crimps, thinking I was good to go. Having spent time on CF over last couple months and doing alot of researching and asking questions on wiring and seeing how it is supposed to be done, I know own an Ancor rachet double crimper, single crimper for heat shrink connectors, Greenlee cable crimper for up to 1/0 cables, and a quality wire cutter. My 1st plan of attack when I go back to the boat is to remove last yrs crimps and replace the connectors using the right tool. Playing around with my new crimpers comparing the 'correct' crimps from what is to be had by the cheap Walmart crimpers, made me a believer real fast.

Thanks CF members!
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