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No, the single crimp ratchet tool is for heat shrink connectors and butt connectors though the double crimp tool will also work on butts.
Double Crimp tool = Insulated terminals including butt connectors
Single Crimp tool = Heat shrink connectors and both heat shrink and insulated butts
On spade, ring and male/female disconnect insulated terminals, that are insulated but non heat shrink, they have a strain relief barrel that needs to be crimped by the "double crimper".
Heat shrink crimp connectors do not have this second barrel for strain relief as the heat shrink is the strain relief. The single crimp tools jaws are smoother and designed to not rip the heat shrink! Using the double crimp tool on heat shrink connectors will work but just not as well and you can damage the heat shrink..
This heat shrink connector has only one crimp barrel for the wire:
This non heat shrink insulated terminal, shown taken apart, has TWO crimp barrels one for the wire and one for strain relief (the area on the middle barrel with the scratch is the strain relief crimp band):
Unfortunately you need to decide which terminals you are going to be using and buy the appropriate crimper. Both crimpers will work but only optimally on ONE type of terminal...
-Maine Sail / CS-36T
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Last edited by Maine Sail; 06-19-2008 at 12:16 AM.