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Old 01-01-2014, 07:41 AM   #21
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Excellent link, thanks Craig!
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Old 01-01-2014, 08:49 AM   #22
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I went for a really nice one. This was like $250 and works really well. The downside is that at 25" long, it's clumsy in tight spaces, but I just make them in the salon rather than in the ER. I really like it though. I never have to change dyes or anything. It's all built into the "chuck". Still, at $250, I will take it to my grave that it's the best think since sliced bread ;-) Draw your own conclusions, but now I know it will work forever without breaking.


That looks like the one they let you use for free at West Marine. Sometimes the guy will use it for you, other times you have to do it yourself.

I bought the Harbor Freight tool and while it does the job, it's not a well built professional quality tool. I suspect the ones on ebay are the same.
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Old 01-03-2014, 09:03 AM   #23
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Before you guys go to Harbor Freight for a crimper, read Page 3 & 4 of MainSail's new addition to his 'Making Your Own Cables' article. It's pretty telling how badly that HF hydraulic crimping tool is made, or at the very least, how poor a connection it makes if used as advertised. Certainly, YMMV, but I am a big believer in "the-right-tool-for-the-right-job" mantra ;-) But hey... That's just me.

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Old 01-03-2014, 09:17 AM   #24
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For anyone near (Groton) Southeastern CT, I have a crimper like Tom B's. Borrow it for free if you need it.

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Old 01-03-2014, 09:21 AM   #25
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Before you guys go to Harbor Freight for a crimper, read Page 3 & 4 of MainSail's new addition to his 'Making Your Own Cables' article. It's pretty telling how badly that HF hydraulic crimping tool is made, or at the very least, how poor a connection it makes if used as advertised. Certainly, YMMV, but I am a big believer in "the-right-tool-for-the-right-job" mantra ;-) But hey... That's just me.

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Tom, thanks for posting the info. I have the hydraulic crimper and I got my eyes opened by reading the link. I think it could be as good a tool as the manual crimp ( I also have a manual crimp tool) if the correct dies are used. The key is not to smash the the lugs and probably use larger dies. That said it burns me that the dies are wrong!
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Old 01-03-2014, 09:51 AM   #26
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For anyone near (Groton) Southeastern CT, I have a crimper like Tom B's. Borrow it for free if you need it.

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And I have one in NC if anyone wants to borrow it here too.
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Old 01-03-2014, 10:21 AM   #27
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For anyone near (Groton) Southeastern CT, I have a crimper like Tom B's. Borrow it for free if you need it.

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Nice offer Rob. I may take you up on that sometime this spring. Jay
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Tom, thanks for posting the info. I have the hydraulic crimper and I got my eyes opened by reading the link. I think it could be as good a tool as the manual crimp ( I also have a manual crimp tool) if the correct dies are used. The key is not to smash the the lugs and probably use larger dies. That said it burns me that the dies are wrong!
Dave, return it to Harbor Freight as they accept returns without receipt if needed. My neighbor shops there often and told me of their policy.
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Old 01-06-2014, 07:59 AM   #29
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Dave, return it to Harbor Freight as they accept returns without receipt if needed. My neighbor shops there often and told me of their policy.
Thanks for the tip Craig but I have had this tool for two years and used it a lot. I actually like the tool. I will just be using larger die sizes in the future.
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