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Actually, they have both at the stores I mentioned

That's very cool. The 12 or so WM stores I've been in only have the Nico Pres crimp tools not electrical.

This is what the heads look like on the electrical lug crimping tools and also the chart that shows how to choose the right dies.




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Interesting crimping tool, Halekia, but is that crimping or staking? (i.e. pushing a point into the lug body?)

It seems as is everybpdy has "one way and one way only" to make a proper crimp, I know one master electrician who insists hexagonal die crimpers are the only way to go for heavy power cables, including 4AWG and larger battery cables. And everyone says not to solder--except the elevator industry apparently solders all their connections, again high power cables.

I wonder what they do at NASA, and on the USN subs?


I don't remember what my local West store let me use last time, but it beat the heck out of the "No problem, mon!" crimps a nice chap at Home Depot did on the bench vise. (Yeah, well...it had to be one crimp, "now", and that's what there was.) I have to confess that any carefully crafted crimp I've made in the last 20(?) years hasn't come apart, regardless of vice, die, solder, or otherwise.

I believe in good tools, there's just a scarcity of hundred dollar bills around for one-shot jobs. And a similar scarcity of any docs, from anyone, suggesting proper die sizes (vs wire size) or pressures or anything else, besides "Buy our tool".

Hmmmmm....
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That's very cool. The 12 or so WM stores I've been in only have the Nico Pres crimp tools not electrical.

This is what the heads look like on the electrical lug crimping tools and also the chart that shows how to choose the right dies.


I'm aware of the distinction which is why I said "proper" when referring to crimp tools - I can't speak to the 12 stores you've looked in but it may help others if you mentioned it to those store managers who may not know the difference so that they obtain the correct tools for their customers as have the local managers here.

Frankly, this is a distinction without much of a difference as so many commissioning yards use the wrong crimpers on new or updated boat electronics that a few good crimps doesn't offset.

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This is what the head of the crimping tool I have looks like:


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