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What crimp tool for 4 AWG?

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by eazyrider711, May 27, 2014.

  1. May 27, 2014 at 12:20 PM
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    eazyrider711

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    So, I've been reading up on the auxiliary fuse block mounts and how people wire them up. Lots of good info and some great work by people. The one question I can't find here relates to what crimp tool to use. I saw one guy used a handheld crimper that looks similar to some of the tools I use in IT. When I look online at Paladin Tools and their crimpers, I don't see anything rated for 4AWG.

    So, the questions I have are,

    1. Is 4 AWG the right gauge to be working with to wire up the Blue Sea fuse blocks?
    2. What crimp tools do you guys use?
    3. Do I need to spend $150+ on those massive heavy duty crimpers?

    I could justify a Paladin Tool easier since I could swap out dies and use it for more than just this project. I don't want to spend the money though if I'm doing it wrong in the first place.

    PS - I'm also going to be replacing the cables in my Camry and expect I could use the crimpers for that job as well.

    Thanks guys,

    Eazy

    Paladin Tools Crimpers - http://www.farnell.com/datasheets/1755660.pdf

    Heavy Duty Crimpers - http://www.amazon.com/SDT-JT-300-To...sbs_hi_12?ie=UTF8&refRID=0HPEAQSCCCTZC4KM6HYY
     
  2. May 27, 2014 at 12:24 PM
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    I used a hammer and a punch/chisel to crimp my terminals. Then throw some heat shrink over it.
     
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    This is what I use, I acquired it from my last job and it came with a whole crimping kit.
     
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    Awesome, I'm glad that one has worked out. That's a good price, imo, and justifiable. Thanks guys for all the info.
     
  6. May 30, 2014 at 7:56 AM
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    I have been using this one for some time with a little sledge. Like the look of teh $50 one and if I had it today I would go that route. Also been using Solder slugs or Fusion lugs now. Check them out. Fusion. Watch the YouTube video on them. I love DelCity. I have also just bought the color coded slugs and used lugs that I had on hand or bought locally.
     
  7. Jun 14, 2014 at 7:02 PM
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    Don't crimp them, solder them
     
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    This is terrible advice. I am a state licensed electrician and work 99% in an industrial environment and there is a reason we crimp instead of solder. Soldering wiring together will fail eventually due to vibrations and whatnot. A correctly crimped connection won't break under stress.
     
  9. Jul 1, 2014 at 10:18 AM
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    Exact same thing for me - same crimper with same little sledge. $15 is a lot cheaper than $50 but that one does look nice and I'd go for it. The $15 tool crimps by pounding a smaller point into the terminal end. Seems to work well but the more expensive tool makes a cooler looking crimp.
     
  10. Jul 1, 2014 at 10:25 AM
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    agree

    i always laugh at the solder everything. i work on a 30 million dollar helicopter and we hardly ever solder. use crimps 98% of the time. if a crimp works on an apache, it will work on my 30k truck
     

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