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Old 02-06-2021, 08:58 AM   #15
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Thanks for the offer. That is very generous. I am in South Carolina. That's probably too far.
YES IT IS

I purchased a nice hydraulic crimper on Amazon along with all the right cables and lugs (I recommend the Windy Nation products) and I have had very good luck with the cables I've made for myself and others.....!!

Now it's just a matter of doing it!
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Old 02-15-2021, 04:31 AM   #16
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Andy, if you want to use wood for your project, don't paint it. Get some epoxy and coat all six sides. It will soak in and make the piece of wood waterproof. Then you can paint on top of that if you want for cosmetic reasons.
You can use cheaper polyester resin but it won't soak in as much.

Another possibility is a dense pvc board (used for exterior trim on a house). You can get an 8' long 1 8 for about $30. It will hold coarse - thread screws very well. Long term, it should hold screws better than an untreated wood board. I don't, however, have a good use for the leftover 6' of pvc.
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We all know Blue Sea is the best brand, but I found these on amazon. Chinese brand Cllena. $35 each.

Seems to be a very durable case and baseplate. They claim it is a fiberglass composite. Bottom has a rubber pad glued on to it. Posts are secured in the metal base so you should be able to snug the nuts up tight--some cheap busbars just set the bolt head in plastic.
It looks very tidy when the lid is on. The access ports can be removed or replaced as needed.
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We all know Blue Sea is the best brand, but I found these on amazon. Chinese brand Cllena. $35 each.

Seems to be a very durable case and baseplate. They claim it is a fiberglass composite. Bottom has a rubber pad glued on to it. Posts are secured in the metal base so you should be able to snug the nuts up tight--some cheap busbars just set the bolt head in plastic.
It looks very tidy when the lid is on. The access ports can be removed or replaced as needed.
Are those 5/16 or 3/8" studs?

I think the higher amp-rated bus bars from Blue Sea use the 3/8"..... I started with non-BlueSea bus bars and had to upgrade once I went to a larger battery bank
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I ordered 5/16 but they come in 3/8 as well.

Per Paul65 comment, these are rated at 48v and 300amp.

So yeah.....if you have a super system, you might want to seek out stuff rated to 600amp.
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I ordered 5/16 but they come in 3/8 as well.

Per Paul65 comment, these are rated at 48v and 300amp.

So yeah.....if you have a super system, you might want to seek out stuff rated to 600amp.
I started with a 300A switch and bus bar and found them to be just a bit "Light". These would have been more than adequate for the factory set-up we had previously with (4) 6V batteries and the Xantrex 200W inverter

it was only when we ramped it up that the larger bus bars and disconnect switch were required
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