Re: Your Pick for Best Crimpers
I keep the Anchor Single Crimp Rachet tool aboard for the occasional repair or install. As MaineSail identifies, its a good example of a decent crimper. None of the fatal flaws, but maybe not as high end if you were crimping for a living. Excellent price-functionality value.
I like the rachet a lot. You just squeeze until it lets go and it is typically perfect every time. You CAN overcrimp a connector, but the rachet will prevent it, unless you keep on going. I also like that the rachet can be squeezed down lightly on the connector to act as a holder, while you get positioned. Trying to hold a wire, crimper and connector, all at the same time in a tight space, can be tough. Effectively, the crimper will not release until it squeezes to the point it should have made a good connection, if you have the right connector on the correct crimp spot. They are color coded, so its hard to mess up. You can stop and restart anywhere along that curve.
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