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Hydraulic Crimping Tools & converting to AWG?
I'll have a small project that needs four #2AWG lugs crimped, and while I could order to cables from genuinedealz, I though maybe by no Amazon would have a hydraulic crimper that had AWG not mm2 dies.
The mm2 dies always are too loose for AWG wires. The worst being maybe #6AWG where about 13.3mm2 is expected to crimp tight in a 15mm2 die?
Now, I can see that if our "SAE" crimping cups are thicker walled than the mm2 ones in China are, the finished crimp could still match up. And I appreciate that lugs and dies (the tool) should come from the same matching source, in the best of worlds.
But I'm wondering if those "loose" mm2 dies could be made a bit tighter, converted to AWG sizes, by simply grinding a little bit off their mating edges, so that the dies "overbit" and simply crimped down a little tighter than they were designed to? Making them right for AWG die sizes.
I know, nuisance time with a grinder. But I've go the grinder, and only need to grind one die, once in a long time, so there's not a lot of extra work to just do each one when and as needed.
Not totally mad?
I don't mind ordering in crimped cables...I'd just like to have the tool in hand, on site, for the times when ordering in would just hold a project up by a week.