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Old 11-02-2010, 16:18   #16
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On the job assessment of the bargain hydraulic crimper

Took the new crimper on the job today and was pleasantly surprised with its operation especially as I was crimping AWG 4 in the overhead of a commercial fishing boat.

One note of caution: The dies are just plain mis-sized. After some trial and error, I found that I got a very solid crimp on AWG 4 (both boat cable and SAE, both Type 3 and Type 2 stranding; it IS a commercial fishing boat after all ) using closed barrel, tinned ring terminals from Panduit when I used the 2/0 die set. What this means is that there is NO WAY that the dies that come with the crimper will crimp 2/0 without the ring terminal flattening out as shown so well in Christian's post.

For AWG 2 through AWG 8; this is still a heck of a deal.

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What this means is that there is NO WAY that the dies that come with the crimper will crimp 2/0 without the ring terminal flattening out as shown so well in Christian's post.
Thanks for the OTJ review Charlie! As for the 2/0 die flattening 2/0 terminals...do you think this is a serious problem? I suppose I could mill one of the smaller die sets, say 12Ga. to be larger...but I didn't sense any REAL damage to the cable or crimp using the supplied 2/0 set. I'd love to hear your thoughts...
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I think it is more aesthetics (if you can have aesthetics in electrical crimps ) than of damage, loss of ampacity, etc. As I said earlier; my high dollar 12 ton crimper puts these same "ears" on 4/0 crimps, though not as pronounced.

I was disappointed that the sizing of the dies was so wrong. I agree with your plan to take some of the smaller dies and have a machine shop make them suit terminal sizes that I need.

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Christian: - the seller must have read your comment about the great price. He has now re-listed this item, at a higher price.
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I find Harbor fright pays attention to these matters and comes out with upgraded units..The Hand crimpers are a case in pint..They originally came equipped with multiple piece dies then switched to a one piece..I think the sizing issue with these will play out the same.

I will be adding one to my tool arsenal as well as the cable cutter soon...Thanks for the find Christian..even if you did jack the price up..
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They are probably selling lots of them and realised they can get a better price

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What have I done?!? Here, does this make you feel better? New!!! 8 Ton Hydraulic Wire Cable Crimper Electrical - eBay (item 390167342912 end time Apr-07-10 17:05:15 PDT) It's a buck cheaper then before...
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Thank you Christian - you are forgiven! I just ordered one.
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I forgot all about this until now. I emailed the company that makes both the crimper and that neat cable cutter. Here is the reply I received not long after. I dare you to read it without giggling...

Hello Christian Van Horn,

Good morning my friend

Thanks for your inquiry of CPC-16A

Here is the information you care about :

1 Question : Do you have distributor in the USA ?

Our answer : Sorry my friend

At present , We donot have the distributors in the USA

2 Question : Could you let us know the price of CPC-16A ?

Our answer : As you know ,Now It is Chinese New Year Holiday

I donot have the Quotation in hand , Hope you can understand my friend

Quotation will be submitted until Fen 20th 2010

3 Question : Could you help us to do something in China ?

Our answer : Sure my friend

If you have something to do in China ,Welcome here

We try to give you some help

Any other questions ,Welcome here

Best Regards

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YueQing Vanfo Electric Co.,Ltd
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3 Question : Could you help us to do something in China ?

Our answer : Sure my friend

If you have something to do in China ,Welcome here

We try to give you some help

What do you need help doing in China???
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What do you need help doing in China???
I need help buying a freaking cheap wire cutter! Doesn't look too good right now...
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For battery cable, or stainless rigging wire?
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They show it cutting rebar..if it will cut that it will cut SS wire rope
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