SportFishing and Charters Forum - crimping tool
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06-04-2010, 06:32 AM
I have an admittedly cheap pair of crimping pliers. They seemed to work well when new when I did load tests on some rigs, but are proving to be real inconsistent lately. Any suggestions on some crimpers that are quality, yet won’t break the bank? I prefer a portable set, but would consider a bench top model also….
edit- if it matters these are primarily used for AL crimps on 80 to 100lb mono. For that matter, The crimps available at my local place are the cheap 'Billfisher' units. What is the prefered brand for AL crimps? and ar the ALs best for mono, or should I go copper/nickel?
06-04-2010, 06:45 AM
I have tried quite a few but I always end up using one of the first sets I bought many years ago. They were not expensive but are very consistent. I think that the most important things is making sure you have the proper sleeve for the leader material then having the proper opening in the crimper to compress the sleeves you are using. My favorite pair of crimpers on the boat are the Sea Striker Hinged Jaw Crimpers.
06-04-2010, 07:10 AM
I like the $120 Sea Striker CH-18, which is a pretty good size unit; but out on the boat I use the Jinkai SC-3, which does a nice job too.
Personally, I like the Jinkai crimps, but most shops carry only the BillFisher stuff.
06-04-2010, 10:06 AM
thanks guys- just read the second half of the other crimping post and it helped as well. should have read it again before posting!