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Old 20-01-2021, 09:12   #1
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Crimper for AWG8

I'm looking for a crimper for AWG8 wire. The one I've found at Compass Marine looks great (and also does Power Pole which I need as well), but doesn't ship to Canada without the use of a forwarding service... Does anyone know of a similar tool available in Canada?

https://shop.marinehowto.com/product...lar-crimp-tool
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https://www.marineoutfitters.ca/mobi...oduct=59697199

Or go to a local electrical supply store, they may also have ratcheting crimpers as well.
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Try an Auto parts store and look for/ask for a 'Battery Cable Lug Crimping Tool". They will usually start around 8 AWG and go up to 1/0. A bit more money to go larger than 1/0, such as up to 4/0 AWG.
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Do you have a discount tool store like Harbor Freight here in USA? They have a pneumatic tool that works great on a wide range of cables and lugs.

Another suggestion is any specialty welding or cable supply stores.
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Re: Crimper for AWG8

In a pinch, I've used this tool to crimp electrical wires:



http://https://www.westmarine.com/buy/west-marine--swage-tool-for-1-16-3-32-1-8-wire--P002_065_001_502

And have used it on some 4 awg golf cart wires.
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Old 20-01-2021, 12:42   #6
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Pay the extra money to have it imported the I have 2 crimping tools from compass and love them both strong crimps every time! And will still be a fraction of amp tools.
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Re: Crimper for AWG8

You can get something like this off of amazon. Simple and gets the job done.
https://www.amazon.com/IWISS-Battery...246973&sr=8-52
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I'm looking for a crimper for AWG8 wire. The one I've found at Compass Marine looks great (and also does Power Pole which I need as well), but doesn't ship to Canada without the use of a forwarding service... Does anyone know of a similar tool available in Canada?

https://shop.marinehowto.com/product...lar-crimp-tool

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Are you looking for lugs or just the solder sleeves ? The one above I don't think will do lugs. If you are not in a rush keep an eye on the used market - I picked up a thomas and betts TBM5 last summer for $75. You can get smaller crimpers from online retailers like Newark or Digikey. We are also in the Ottawa area and have used "Myusaadress + push it North service" if you want the one in the link you posted.

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Re: Crimper for AWG8

The above anchor ones from marine outfitters will do ones and closed lug terminals for 8awg without issue. This is not heavy cable that requires a proper crimper. Anything bigger move to a proper 360’ crimper like the FTZ 94284. 8awg is an odd size for most HD applications and falls in a narrow band of use on a boat IMO. Most circuits should be much smaller for regular loads and much larger for larger loads. Curious as to what the application is.
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Hi rbk,
I've actually got some #8AWG for our boat and it will be used for bilge pumps and the refrigeration compressor.
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I've actually got some #8AWG for our boat and it will be used for bilge pumps and the refrigeration compressor.

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It’s total over kill. The compressor shouldn’t be a problem but you’re going to run into problems connecting the 8 to the 14/16 for the bilge pump (they rarely leave enough wire to run to a terminal block and usually requires splicing) Personally I would save the 8 for something else and appropriately size for each circuit. Unless your runs are in excess of 30 ft you can easily get away with 16/14awg for each or bump up to 12 if you want to over do it. Save the 8 for when you need it.
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Unless you’re running some sort of commercial walk in fridge?
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Unless you’re running some sort of commercial walk in fridge?

or following manufactures installation guidelines. #8AWG is a good choice for my installations.
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Must be one crazy compressor as 8awg will safely carry 40 amps in most cases. That’s like 4 home based refrigerators.
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Must be one crazy compressor as 8awg will safely carry 40 amps in most cases. That’s like 4 home based refrigerators.

Voltage drop is the driving consideration rather than the ampacity of the conductor.



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