As promised I ordered the Harbor Freight Tools double ratcheting crimper and am in the process of comparing it's construction, specifically the crimp dies, which are the important part, to the Ancor Double Crimp Ratchet Crimper.
It was stated by some here that the HFT crimper was identical to the Ancor model. I'll let you decide..
Ancor and HFT Crimpers:
Note the non-removable dies on the HFT crimper. You'd literally have to pound out those drift pins to replace those dies.
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The Ancor crimper on the left has the proper spacing to execute a double crimp and nicely machined heads from a solid ingot. The HFT crimper has incorrect spacing to properly execute a double crimp and uses cheap plates of steel to make up the crimp dies.
Crimp Jaw Surface:
Note the sharp edges and the improper spacing on the HFT crimper vs. the well machined and properly spaced jaws of the Ancor crimper.
Ancor Crimp Head:
the fit and finish is very good and the crimp jaws are in the correct location top and bottom.
HFT Crimp Head:
These dies do not even have the proper profile and are located incorrectly. The jaw on the bottom should be on the top!
Proper Die/Jaw Orientation:
This is the proper jaw orientation for a double crimp ratchet tool. The spit in the barrel of the connector always faces the top. On the HFT tool your would need to crimp backwards!
Close Up Of Sloppy Machining:
This crimper JUST came out of the shipping envelope an hour ago and already it's showing signs of RUST!! Also look at the rough surface where the steel was cut. See picture number two for a side by side look at the sloppy machining.
I paid $14.99 plus 6.99 S&H (which took 20 DAYS!) for the HFT crimper and $55.00 for the Ancor crimpers. The Ancor crimpers came with detailed instructions and the HFT crimpers came with NOTHING. The crimp dies on the HFT tool makes and improperly spaced crimp and the heads are not easily replaceable...
I'll let you guys be the judge..