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Old 25-11-2014, 10:57   #1
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Great Lug Crimper... Surprising !

Hi there,
I had good results with this crimper I got on ebay for 110$

Hydraulic Crimping Tool Kit 12 Ton Cable Crimper Dies | eBay

I was using Magna Lugs with Ancor 4/0 cable . The crimp came out great !!

You have to be careful to line up the dies as you are pumping it up , you could use a third hand, but I got the hang of it eventually and got good at it .

A little heat shrink and viola

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PS note the cable cutters , they are 4 feet long and cut thru the stuff like 18awg
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Old 25-11-2014, 11:07   #2
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Re: Great Lug Crimper... Surprising !

I purchase something very similar, in fact it looks the same but different colour.
Can also say it gave excellent result, and for once, it was a lot cheaper than the version for sale in the US.

12 Ton Hydraulic Crimper Plier Cable Crimping Crimper Tool Kit 8 Die 10mm-120mm | eBay
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Old 25-11-2014, 11:23   #3
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Re: Great Lug Crimper... Surprising !

Looks MUCH better than the POS hydraulic crimp tool I picked up at Harbor Freight...

1/0 Lug 1/0 Die


Ouch....


Holds great die alignment too..


Bachman Turner Over Crimp.....


As can be seen not all crimp tools are created equally...
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Old 25-11-2014, 12:28   #4
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Looks MUCH better than the POS hydraulic crimp tool I picked up at Harbor Freight...

1/0 Lug 1/0 Die


Ouch....


Holds great die alignment too..


Bachman Turner Over Crimp.....


As can be seen not all crimp tools are created equally...


Yuk !! Pass on that! I thought I would give this one I got a try and if I didn't like it I was only out a hundred bucks , but the damn thing worked?!?! . I think it's because the die is held on both sides . Makes it a little harder to get the dies in but the load is equally distributed when you do.

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Re: Great Lug Crimper... Surprising !

Hey that looks like a good buy.
I bought the manual one sold by KL Jack and recommended by MS, very good and its a one had operation - the other holds the cable in the lug. Hard to use in tight places, but you can get the hang of it and adjust. The prices keep going up, the first time I checked it was $130, I procrastinated and ended up paying $160 and it is now $169.
But pricewise, if you calculate the cost per crimp it is not too bad. So far I have done about 18, which is costing me $8/crimp and I still have about 5 or 6 more to do, so it is easy to justify.... And you can always sell at the end, which I definitely will not do...
As for the cable cutters, I am using a $20 Fiskars garden pruner, works great up to 1/0. Also suggested by MS - as you can see, I am a disciple
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Bachman Turner Over Crimp...
Okay now, that there is funny, I don't care who ya are.
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Hey that looks like a good buy.
I bought the manual one sold by KL Jack and recommended by MS, very good and its a one had operation - the other holds the cable in the lug. Hard to use in tight places, but you can get the hang of it and adjust. The prices keep going up, the first time I checked it was $130, I procrastinated and ended up paying $160 and it is now $169.
But pricewise, if you calculate the cost per crimp it is not too bad. So far I have done about 18, which is costing me $8/crimp and I still have about 5 or 6 more to do, so it is easy to justify.... And you can always sell at the end, which I definitely will not do...
As for the cable cutters, I am using a $20 Fiskars garden pruner, works great up to 1/0. Also suggested by MS - as you can see, I am a disciple

I am a MS disciple as well as you can see by my LiFePO4 setup .

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Re: Great Lug Crimper... Surprising !

I got one of these several years ago for $30 to wire my boat with. Over 120 crimps in up to 4-0 wire and still going strong.
Hydraulic Crimping Tool | eBay

If you prefer, it looks like you can pay $300 for the same thing:
10 Ton Hydraulic Crimper Crimping Tool w 9 Dies Wire Battery Cable Lug Terminal | eBay
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I got one of these several years ago for $30 to wire my boat with. Over 120 crimps in up to 4-0 wire and still going strong.
Hydraulic Crimping Tool | eBay

If you prefer, it looks like you can pay $300 for the same thing:
10 Ton Hydraulic Crimper Crimping Tool w 9 Dies Wire Battery Cable Lug Terminal | eBay

The second one you linked to is a real bargain.

Wonder if they make any sales?
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Boy, it is nice to hear a positive post on anything.
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Re: Great Lug Crimper... Surprising !

Can anyone tell me why i should not just solder all my ware end on & then shrink wrap ? Thanks .
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Solder bad. causes problems. Crimp better.
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Can anyone tell me why i should not just solder all my ware end on & then shrink wrap ? Thanks .
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Can anyone tell me why i should not just solder all my ware end on & then shrink wrap ? Thanks .
I believe it comes down to vibration?
Solder is good on a circuit board not on a wire subject to movement.
Solder is relatively soft. If a fanatic crimp and then solder.
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Read this from Maine Sail.

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