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Old 02-04-2016, 12:29 PM   #1
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Hand crimp tool recommendation

I'm looking for recommendations for a quality hand crimping tool, to crimp up to 10 ga insulated or uninsulated 12V connectors.

This is one that I was looking at, the Anchor 701030 Double Crimp Tool: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...dp_o_pd_nS_ttl

What are your favorites? Thanks in advance!
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Old 02-04-2016, 12:43 PM   #2
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Hi from AZ. . . I've always used Klein tools , needle nose, side cutters etc. My crimper is a 1010 long nose.......regards, Craig
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Old 02-04-2016, 12:54 PM   #3
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The Ancor ratcheting crimper you are looking at is excellent. It will produce very consistent crimps. There are several manufacturers in the electrical industry that make this type of crimper and they are very similar in quality. The only difference is usually in the shape of the grips. You will be pleased with the Ancor crimper.
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I have been using a Klein crimper just like this one for over 30 years. I think I paid less than $5 for it back then.

http://www.amazon.com/Klein-Tools-10...l+hand+crimper
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Home depot, menards, lowes, other big box stores have same kind of tool for lot less money. I use old crimper that is heavy like pliers. Over 50 yrs. old have never seen another like it. It has cutter like side cut pliers at nose then crimper.
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I've been using a GB Crimper: http://goo.gl/YuNYT3
The crimping part of the cheapo wire strippers just didn't do it for me, especially when trying to crimp on to solid wire. In that case, I use Anchor marine terminals (like from West Marine) instead of the ones from the auto parts store. Adding a bit of solder works even better!
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The very best crimpers are usually the ones sold by the makers of the crimp fittings. They are made specifically for those connectors and provide the best crimps. Anchor crimp connectors with Anchor crimp connectors.

BTW, the ABYC does not endorse soldering with crimp connectors as the solder will stiffen the wire outside the connector which creates a potential break hazard. Solder will also add to corrosion potential from dissimilar metals.


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Old 02-05-2016, 07:56 PM   #9
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Hand crimp tool recommendation

Lew is absolutely correct.

Soldering is completely unnecessary with a properly made crimp. Use a good ratchet tool and do a pull test.


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Thanks all for your input!
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I did a lot of research on hand crimp tools, and found some really good information on boating forums. I posted a couple of links below if anyone wants more info; this is just a small sample of what I found.

I ended up buying a crimping kit from Proskit, that was recommended on a few sites. With this kit, you buy a frame and then buy the dies for the type of terminals you are crimping. So far, for the price, I have been very pleased with how it works. I listed the part numbers of what I bought, below. I bought mine directly from Proskit.com, but I have since seen some items on Amazon.

A side note, after I got the new crimping tool I wanted to upgrade some wiring in a 14' boat. I had previously wired it up for a trolling motor, and other electronics, approx. 10 years ago. I used Anchor brand connectors, but used the inexpensive crimpers I had at the time. When I started to disassemble the old wiring, I found several crimps had failed and would pull apart with very little force. I'm hoping the new crimps will hold up better...

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Pro Crimper Frame: Model: CP-371
Single crimp die for insulated terminals (heat shrink): 9PK-3003D27
Crimp die for uninsulated terminals: 9CP-236DN
Double crimp die for insulated terminals: 9CP-236DH

Test article/video on various crimping tools:

http://forums.sailboatowners.com/ind...esults.125926/


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Maine Sail is the expert that shares his knowledge. Try some of his other articles here; http://www.marinehowto.com/
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I'm looking for recommendations for a quality hand crimping tool, to crimp up to 10 ga insulated or uninsulated 12V connectors.

This is one that I was looking at, the Anchor 701030 Double Crimp Tool: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...dp_o_pd_nS_ttl

What are your favorites? Thanks in advance!
That one, and any of the ratchet ones, should be fine. I have one that is quite similar but a different brand.
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This is my go-to crimper for most smaller applications: http://www.waytekwire.com/item/560/C...TERCHANGEABLE/

I have 2 of these frames and 8 interchangeable heads for a variety of crimping applications, from 22 AWG to 10 AWG, RG-45 ends, Weather Pack waterproof plug sets, co-ax cable and others.

Great tool!
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