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Crimping 2/0 lugs

I need to crimp some 2/0 and #2 AWG lugs onto a few cables. Can I rent a large crimping tool somewhere here in Annapolis?
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Steve,

If you don't have any luck there, and if the cables are removable, bring 'em by the house and I'll do them for you. No cost.

I live just west of National Airport in Arlington, VA.

Give me a PM or email me: bill at wdsg dot com

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Some West Marines (Herrington North for one) have a crimper you can use in the store. they wont do it for you for insurance issues, but you can DIY.

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Alternatively, you can clamp it with the opening uppermost, push the cable into the opening, use a torch to heat the assemblage Really Hot, and flow solder into it.
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another idea is look up an electrical contractor close to you and take the stuff to their office. show em what you want most companies will have them and will let you do them right there. might cost ya 5 or 10 bucks to who ever works in the office. or take a trip to an electric supply house they might let you use a set if they have them on hand.

i also woulds be very surprised if bacons does not have a set
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Give some thought to buying a Swage-It hand tool. See SWAGE-IT TOOLS . We found this tool very effective for connecting lugs to cables in addition to the usual business of swaging wire rope.

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Don't push the cable in then solder it, fill the lug 1/2 full of solder then push the cable in!
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A good crimper

If you have a vice, there is a very good way to make yourself a good crimper with practically no cost. Take a nut, smaller than the lug, and split it in half. Then just stick the cable in the lug, put the nut around the lug and stick that puppy in a vise and crank her down. On small stuff, you can do the exact same thing and use a pair of vice grips in place of the vice. Some of us are pretty cheeeeep and look for other ways than having to have it done, or buying some expensive tools, that will more than likely get unsed only once or twice before being borrowed, lost or rusted up.
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