I've decided to rewire and update my electrical panel this spring. Having read most (maybe all) of the threads here on "proper" crimping, I am going to buy a "good" crimping tool.
The question is:
Should I buy a single crimp tool (example... The Ancor 702010).... am I correct that these are designed for and work great if you are using heat shrink type terminals? Or, do they work on all types of terminals..... you just have to do two crimps on the standard terminal?
Should i buy the double crimp type (example..... the Ancor 701030) .... that work great on the standard terminals.... but can be a little tricky when using the heat shrink type terminal. (it's possible to rip the heat shrink)
The double and single crimp tools are close to the same price.
The Ancor single crimp tool is harder to find right now.... not sure why, the three places I've found on line
that list them say they are back ordered and don't know when they are going to be available. Most of my usual places to order marine things don't list them at all. Even Amazon shows them as not available.
But the double type crimp tool is available at all the marine retailers.
Since the double crimp type tool crimps into the connection the secondary strain relief plastic, is this the better tool? Or, is the heat shrink type connection superior?
Or.....Can you put heat shrink over the standard type terminals after you've (double) crimped the terminal?
Or.... is there specific times you should use one type of terminal over the other?
Thanks in advance.....
(stuck in the cold of winter .... enjoying thinking of spring and boat projects)