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Re: Harbor Freight Tools - Crimper Update

Maine Sail, I don't know whether or not you will see/read this reply, but here is an update on the Ancor double crimp tool. This new tool will probably crimp as well as your older crimp tool, however: the Ancor double crimp tool I purchased in 8/2012 was made in Taiwan and the crimp dies were installed "reversed" from your pair. The new Ancor tool crimp dies are in the same position as the dies on the HF crimp tool. The dies retain the Ancor shape. Hopefully, attached photo will be viewable.

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Re: Harbor Freight Tools - Crimper Update

Hello, I have been following your posts about different crimping tools and I am looking at purchasing one. I currently own a Quest double crimping tool. Very similar to the Ancor double crimper but I want a single one for heat shrink terminals.
I saw your posted one from Sailors solutions but I also found this one,

Seadog Heat Shrink Terminal Crimper Tool - Seadog Line 429920-1

and this one

ET94230 - FTZ 94230 Electrical Terminal Ratchet Crimp Tool (94230) - KL Jack Industrial Fasteners and Supplies

I was curious as to which one you would recommend. I'm looking for something under $80 and hadn't heard of the Sea dog one or the FTZ one since it hasn't been shown in any of your posts. The ancor single crimper doesn't seem to appear for sale anymore, unless you know of a place. Out of the 3, which one would you recommend the most?
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Re: Harbor Freight Tools - Crimper Update

I own and use one of the FTZ crimpers shown in your second link. It does a good job.

I wasn't aware that Seadog had one in their line.

They all are copies of an Amp crimper as far as I know.

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I own and use one of the FTZ crimpers shown in your second link. It does a good job.

I wasn't aware that Seadog had one in their line.

They all are copies of an Amp crimper as far as I know.
Awesome! That is all I wanted to hear, I am set on the FTZ one since I can't find the Ancor, and the AMP is out of my price range. Sorry for bumping such an old topic. Couldn't PM Maine Sail and I have been browsing these forums about this topic for quite this time. Thank you!
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They all are copies of an Amp crimper as far as I know.
Yes they are all copies of the AMP tool. They do a decent job but the FTZ is a slightly higher quality than the one made in Taiwan & sold by many.

I searched high and low for a better crimp tool for heat shrink and currently use a slightly modified Anderson 1352G1 for yellow heat shrink and slightly modified Hollingsworth H-7B tool for Blue & Red.

Both of these tools "contain" or swage the terminal like the AMP tools and don't just make it oval and allow it to "splooge out" (splooge really is a technical term).

The die tolerances are far better & crimp bands wider than most of the Chinese/Taiwan ratcheting tools. These tools were hand picked after lots of personal testing of "heat shrink specific" tools.

I was simply unhappy with the mediocre level of crimp tools avaible for heat shrink terminals so went and found some tools that work better and give more repeatable testing results..


Anderson = Yellow FTZ Heat Shrink



Hollingsworth = Blue & Red FTZ Heat Shrink


Still that FTZ, for 98% of people, will do just fine...

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I have the Harbor Freight crimper. Every time I crimp I have to add a little extra squeeze with a pair of vice grips. Getting pretty good at that 1-2 method.

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Re: Harbor Freight Tools - Crimper Update

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Do you mean the HF hydraulic one? It doesn't solidly compress the dies just under hand pressure?
But the one you got, they finally got the die sizes, uh, right if only misnumbered?
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Do you mean the HF hydraulic one? It doesn't solidly compress the dies just under hand pressure?
But the one you got, they finally got the die sizes, uh, right if only misnumbered?
I have the ratcheting manual ones. they are on the boat (and I'm not right now). I'll have to check if they are one of the good HFT ones or bad HFT ones.

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Re: Harbor Freight Tools - Crimper Update

I'm a bit confused - I read the Maine Sail article, but the ones he recommends as a good mid-price option are apparently made differently now.

If I wanted a really solid pair of crimpers, for connecting wires to terminals and each other with heat-shrink connectors (which are the recommended kind, right?) for around 100 bucks or less, what tool should I get?

This one?

ET94230 - FTZ 94230 Electrical Terminal Ratchet Crimp Tool (94230) - KL Jack Industrial Fasteners and Supplies

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I'm a bit confused - I read the Maine Sail article, but the ones he recommends as a good mid-price option are apparently made differently now.

If I wanted a really solid pair of crimpers, for connecting wires to terminals and each other with heat-shrink connectors (which are the recommended kind, right?) for around 100 bucks or less, what tool should I get?

This one?

ET94230 - FTZ 94230 Electrical Terminal Ratchet Crimp Tool (94230) - KL Jack Industrial Fasteners and Supplies
This looks like the same tool (has same numbers on it) for 20 bucks cheaper.

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