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bjm9818
10-20-2010, 11:30 AM
I'm looking to purchase a Large lug crimper.

Ancor
http://www.jamestowndistributors.com/userportal/show_product.do?pid=11284&familyName=Ancor+Heavy+Duty+Lug%2FTerminal+Crimper


Del City
http://www.delcity.net/store/Die-Cast-Terminal-Crimping-Tool/p_10380.a_1

GenuineDealz
http://shop.genuinedealz.com/Items/gim-94285?&caSKU=gim-94285&caTitle=Heavy%20Duty%20Crimping%20Tool%206%20AWG%2 0-%20250%20MCM

The Ancor uses a blunt point to compress the sleve while the others seem to work like a regular smaller crimp tool. Any +/- to either method?

It looks like the Del city and Genuinedealz are the same tool 6-250mcm but I like the Ancor can also crimp 8AWG also.

Anybody use these or have a better suggestion. (I already ruled out the cheap hammer impact ones)

Thanks

Brian


CMEBoston
10-20-2010, 11:43 AM
GreenLee has a nice hex crimper..thats what I use. I have a hand held 6-8 gauge crimper BTW.

jetboat69
10-20-2010, 11:54 AM
I like the Thomas & Betts TBM-6


bjm9818
10-20-2010, 11:58 AM
I like the Thomas & Betts TBM-6


HAHAHA!!!!! Thanks jetboat Best laugh of the day.... $1500. I like it to if you're buying. Let's try and keep this to crimpers under 300 bucks!

vern2010
10-20-2010, 07:48 PM
Check ebay, Thomas & Betts TBM-6 for 275.00 with dies.

peterbo3
10-20-2010, 08:06 PM
I have one of these:
http://cgi.ebay.com.au/NEW-10-T-Hydraulic-crimping-press-cable-crimper-tool-/130443414993?pt=AU_B_I_Electrical_Test_Equipment&hash=item1e5f088dd1
plus another non hydraulic with the inbuilt rotating dies.
The hyd machine does a really good job & is more practical for use in confined spaces than the double handle machine. It is on ebay Australia but I feel sure there would be a similar item in ebay USA.
Here it is. Now 12 ton & a bunch less expensive.
http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-12-TON-HYDRAULIC-WIRE-CABLE-LUG-TERMINAL-CRIMPERS-/320604978115?pt=BI_Electrical_Equipment_Tools&hash=item4aa58bbbc3

Tony M
10-20-2010, 08:14 PM
Harbor Freight sells one that is hydrolic. Use a 20%coupon. A few weeks ago they had it on sale for $40, normally around $60. I purchased one in the spring when I had to redo a bunch of wiring and needed to do the battery cables. Works great.

VanW
10-20-2010, 08:39 PM
Harbor Freight sells one that is hydrolic. Use a 20%coupon. A few weeks ago they had it on sale for $40, normally around $60. I purchased one in the spring when I had to redo a bunch of wiring and needed to do the battery cables. Works great.

If this is the same one I have the dies are not sized correctly and are smaller than the sizes they state. Works for 2AWG I believe max. Or maybe it was 1/0.. I will try to check my cables tomorrow. I wish I had that big crimper that guy is showing on ebay...

bjm9818
10-21-2010, 08:56 AM
I need it to do at least 2/0.

centerisland
10-21-2010, 09:28 AM
Check ebay, Thomas & Betts TBM-6 for 275.00 with dies.

Ditto that - got a TBM8 a couple of years ago on EBay in that price range. Not very convenient to use with long handles, but I can't imagine using anything else on 2/0 and larger. For 2ga and smaller it's inappropriate.

For wire and fittings, I've used bestboatwire.com (now GenduineDealz) even though I have a wholesale account at Fisheries Supply.

bjm9818
10-21-2010, 09:30 AM
Checking ebay now. Dont need it ASAP so will keep an eye out for one. I like the removable dies and the case. Always like tools that come with cases that you can store things with.

jeffnick
10-21-2010, 09:36 AM
http://www.mcmaster.com/catalog/116/gfx/small/7061kp2s.gif
(D) Hammer Style— Compact and economical. Raise pin to place connector and cable in slot, then hammer the top of the pin to crimp. Crimps connector range of 8 to 4/0 AWG battery terminal clamps and lugs. Has a malleable iron body and a hardened steel pin. Size is 3 3/4" Ht. x 2 1/4" Wd. x 3" Dp. Each $29.78

http://www.mcmaster.com/ page 729

centerisland
10-21-2010, 09:38 AM
I like the removable dies...

They are not that convenient to change, though - you want to plan all your crimps in batches by size.

bjm9818
10-21-2010, 09:48 AM
They are not that convenient to change, though - you want to plan all your crimps in batches by size.


I will be doing a bunch of 2/0 for battery terminals and such.

philgorp
10-21-2010, 03:45 PM
i have a small handheld ratcheting crimper that goes from 8 to 1/0. but it will do 2/0. it has rotating dies. and makes a great looking crimp. i think its a thomas & betts but i can look when i get back in the states. i like it because you can get into tight areas. the hammer crimp and modified boltcutter crimp both leave somewhat primitive results.

Capt.Bryan
10-21-2010, 06:22 PM
What do you do in a situation of a broken wire at the crimp or ring terminal while out on the water?

bjm9818
10-22-2010, 07:46 AM
What do you do in a situation of a broken wire at the crimp or ring terminal while out on the water?

I intend to carry a set of terminal connectors/wire strippers/heat shrink and small crimps 12-22awg on the boat. That should work for 99% of any loose electrical connections while on the water. If a battery cable breaks, I would say that would be mostly a lack of maintenance(corrosion) and should have been addressed at a earlier date. One of the only other way I could guess a large cable braking at the lugs would be a result of an severe impact and having the battery tear free, and I would think you have worse issues to deal with at that point.

life is good
10-22-2010, 08:07 AM
why not solder it? They make little pellets with rosin and solder all in one already presized for the gauge lug you are using. Clamp the lug in some vice grips, drop the pellet in the lug, heat with small butane torch, once the solder is melted you just stick the end of the wire in the lug. Very clean looking and easy to do in a tight space.

woolyt2
10-22-2010, 08:44 AM
i have a set like your first link and love them, the screw adjust on them makes it easy
you can start big and crimp until you get the right size

grgrmouse
10-22-2010, 08:48 AM
GreenLee has a nice hex crimper..thats what I use. I have a hand held 6-8 gauge crimper BTW.


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CMEBoston
10-22-2010, 08:52 AM
why not solder it? They make little pellets with rosin and solder all in one already presized for the gauge lug you are using. Clamp the lug in some vice grips, drop the pellet in the lug, heat with small butane torch, once the solder is melted you just stick the end of the wire in the lug. Very clean looking and easy to do in a tight space.
I used to solder connect lugs, but it is not ABYC compliant.... also if the cable becomes overheated from exessive curren the solder COULD melt leaving a potential unconnected hot starter cable for a real nice short to ground.....

Think Done Deals
10-22-2010, 09:36 AM
This is what I have, I like it, no complaints.

http://order.waytekwire.com/productdetail2/M50/471/PREMIUM%20TABLE%20TOP%20CRIMPER/

SKMarineElectronics
10-23-2010, 01:06 PM
AMP does 8 to 1/0. They make a larger one that does 8 - 4/0.:thumbsup:

http://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/topages/crimptool1.php

philgorp
10-23-2010, 08:11 PM
AMP does 8 to 1/0. They make a larger one that does 8 - 4/0.:thumbsup:

http://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/topages/crimptool1.php


ooooooooohhhh thats nice. i like that. i'd like to try them on various brands and sized lugs first. it looks like they would make a great crimp though.



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