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Old 08-05-2020, 01:10 PM   #1
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Good ratcheting wire terminal crimper's

My hands are getting week, I am looking for a good ratcheting crimper for an assortment of wire terminals (bare, insulated, heat shrink)

A set with various jaws might be best?

What are folks using?

Also what is a good source for water proof heat shrink terminals. All I have are HF and HD cheep stuff.

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west marine has adhesive lined heat shrink tubing and terminals
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Old 08-05-2020, 02:19 PM   #4
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Yoda, check Thomas&Betts tools also Kline both make quality crimper's. When you say ratcheting I think your thinking about a 'gear' type mechanical design to provide extra crimp power with less effort. Ratcheting is also a feature included in crimping tools to ensure you apply the proper amount of crimp, you can't get your terminal out till you complete the crimping. This feature dose NOT provide mechanical advantage for less effort. Be careful when your selecting a tool. I'm not a crimping Maven but have been doing it since 1956. Proper tooling produces reliable connections, amen.

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I use these after borrowing a pair from a friend. I used them to rewire my trailer as well as for various ham radio projects.
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Old 08-05-2020, 09:15 PM   #7
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I have Greenlee, Ancor and Klein ratcheting crimpers to make up any size crimp from 22awg up to 4-0awg battery cable size terminals. ( no hammer and anvil tools in my box) To make quality crimps, gotta match the crimper to the type of terminal. I’ve never seen a single tool with replaceable jaws for different types of terminals as each style has a different amount of crimping pressure before it will release. Your adhesive lined crimps need smooth jawed crimpers. Use any other type and you defeat the purpose of using a sealed terminal because the wrong tool will cut the shrink tube. After buying good crimpers, I keep the cheap everyday crimpers around just to have something to loan out.
I order all my terminals and tinned wiring from
West Marine carries Ancor brand, but they are usually proud of their pricing. Menards carries a nice selection of heat shrink terminals.
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Old 08-06-2020, 04:02 AM   #8
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I have made 95 percent of my general-purpose crimps with a Paladin Tools 8026 CrimpALL. The other 5 percent I have made with an Ancor 701030 Double Crimp Tool.

It appears Paladin and Greenlee Textron have the same tool design, so searching for "Greenlee Textron 8026" will bring up the same tool I use, just in a different color. The tool frame (without die) is the PA8000 (link here).

Here are the dies I have purchased for the Paladin. I end up using the one that comes with the 8026 (2033, I think) and the 2040 die for most crimps.

2029    Insulated Terminals and Lugs
    Solid or Stranded Wire
    26-14 AWG 16-14(Blu)/22-18(Red)/22-26(Yel)
    For Smaller Wire Barrel Terminals

2031    Non-Insulated Terminals and Lugs
    Solid or Stranded Wire
    22-8 AWG 10-8/14-12/18-16/22-20
    For Standard Commercial Terminals

2033    Open Barrel Non-Insulated Terminals and Lugs - narrow
    Solid or Stranded Wire
    22-14 AWG 22-18/16-14/12-10
    For Standard Commercial Terminals

2035    Insulated Terminals and Lugs
    Solid or Stranded Wire
    22-10 AWG 12-10(Yel)/16-14(Blu)/22-18(Red)
    For Large Professional Terminals (Panduit, T & B, etc.)

2040    Insulated Terminals and Lugs
    Solid or Stranded Wire
    22-12 AWG 12(Yel)/16-14(Blu)/22-18(Red)
    For Standard Commercial Terminals (Hardware Store Brands)
I use a Klein Katapault to strip wires.
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I bought this Hydraulic crimper It works great and I can make my own battery cables when needed.
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I bought a Klien from Home Depot that works good for basic terminals.
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