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Your HF double crimper is not the same as my HF
When I first read this thread I was stunned. I have the HF double crimper but never it was all that bad, at least not to the degree being shown. So when I got home, I pulled out the tool and studied it. Turns out my HF double crimper is nothing like the one you have shown. I dug out my records and found that it was purchased on 10/29/2008 #97420-3BRA for $7.49. I just check and HF is still selling the same tool for ~$15.
1) Does not have laminated steel plates for jaws. It has well machined jaws that are screw removable.
2) Looks a lot more like the Ancor double crimper than the HF version you have showed.
3) Seems to make better crimps than the ones you have shown.
I must say however HF does not have an Ancor clone of the single crimp for heat shrink connector. So I ordered the suggested one from Sailor's Solutions and find myself very disappointed. The unit came in a box with USA scratched out and the tool was stamped "made in china". The machining of the jaws is poor. I am thinking of ditching it altogether and paying extra $ for the Ancor version which is made in the USA.