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Of course, one major difference between a boat and a well is the boat is going places, and the well isn't moving. Sway's really good at comparing apples to oranges.

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Of course, one major difference between a boat and a well is the boat is going places, and the well isn't moving. Sway's really good at comparing apples to oranges.
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You might want to consult someone about those long term effects from thorazine. The electrical wiring on the boat isn't moving any more than the well is and the vibration from a submersible pump is about the same as the harmonic resonance between your ears; severe. The only thing related to apples and oranges here is another fruitless post on your behalf on a subject that you've a 25 watt knowledge of. But, I still like you. (g)

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Sway—

Oh yeah, I forgot, you can't get your boat up past 5 knots.

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OK, we mostly agree that HFT makes caveat-emptor crap. Ancor makes good stuff, but some of us find it expensive. Can you all stop the testosterone-charged ranting and raving now?

I am going to order a Molex 64016-0037 from Digikey. Molex makes good quality terminations and tools, and I don't have to pay a yachtie premium for them.

See for yourself: Digi-Key - WM9986-ND (Molex Connector Corporation - 64016-0037)

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OK, we mostly agree that HFT makes caveat-emptor crap. Ancor makes good stuff, but some of us find it expensive. Can you all stop the testosterone-charged ranting and raving now?
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Since the original post is over a year old, Maine Sail has had time to chill out on the crimper thing. Yeah, he cares about this stuff. Glad somebody does! His product comparisons and repair tutorials are brilliant & invaluable assets to this forum.

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OK, we mostly agree that HFT makes caveat-emptor crap. Ancor makes good stuff, but some of us find it expensive. Can you all stop the testosterone-charged ranting and raving now?

I am going to order a Molex 64016-0037 from Digikey. Molex makes good quality terminations and tools, and I don't have to pay a yachtie premium for them.

See for yourself: Digi-Key - WM9986-ND (Molex Connector Corporation - 64016-0037)

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Wow never thought I'd see this thread again..


You might want to consider a crimper specifically for heat shrink crimp connectors, as opposed to a double crimper. Heat shrink crimps are far superior at preventing moisture from getting to the tinned wire than standard insulated crimps.

Sailors Solutions sells a nearly identical single crimp ratchet tool that Ancor does only for much less than Ancor. They also sell the FTZ heat shrink crimp connectors for MUCH less than Ancor does. FTZ, IMHO are superior connectors to Ancor and also far more consistent. Seeing as FTZ makes their own stuff they are always the same quality and not sourced from the cheapest Chinese supplier of the week...

BTW Sailors Solutions are the same folks that designed and invented the Sensibulb..

FTZ Single Crimp Ratchet Tool $39.95 (LINK)

Actually about $4.46 less than the Molex unit..

FTZ Heat Shrink Crimp Connectors (LINK)

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P.S. The Ancor double crimp tool can be bought on ebay for $49.99 fairly regularly..

Ancor Double Crimp Tool $49.99 (LINK)

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What do you use for crimping wires less than 10AWG?
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I have 3 indian virgins crimp all of my connections.

one holds the wire and connection in her teeth,
the second one whacks her on the head with a rubber mallet.
the third one screams.
I'm not sure if it meets any standards but mine.

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What do you use for crimping wires less than 10AWG?

You really want to know...??


The big red ones..

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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.

my tool....
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.
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