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PostPosted: Wed Sep 04, 2019 9:02 am    Post subject: Fwd: Harbor Freight hydraulic crimper messaroundary Reply with quote

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From: Philip Smith <madriver42(at)gmail.com (madriver42(at)gmail.com)>
Date: Wed, Sep 4, 2019 at 11:53 AM
Subject: Re: AeroElectric-List: Harbor Freight hydraulic crimper messaroundary
To: <aeroelectric-list(at)matronics.com (aeroelectric-list(at)matronics.com)>

Bob and Others,

A few years ago...many years ago...I was in the same quandary of how to crimp a ferrule to wire.
I did not want to go the solder route as a lot of feedback stated that this was not the best for many reasons.  Then I remembered an old farmer trick for making a "die".  I scrounged around and found a regular hex nut of suitable size, cut it in half - remember the threaded inside diameter will decrease - and used the "nut die" over the ferrule in a vice to crimp;  of course I rotated it to equalize the crimp all the way around.  Sure it left thread marks but they were covered with shrink wrap.  BTW if you don't want the marks you could ream out the nut.  AND if you want longevity you could use grade eight material.
To tell the truth this was used originally on my 1954 Case tractor rebuild and worked so well I adopted the procedure to my CH 701 build a few years back.  No problems.
Just thinking !!!
Phil
On Wed, Sep 4, 2019 at 10:37 AM Robert L. Nuckolls, III <nuckolls.bob(at)aeroelectric.com (nuckolls.bob(at)aeroelectric.com)> wrote:

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At 08:05 AM 9/4/2019, you wrote:


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On Wed, Sep 4, 2019 at 1:12 AM fidot <web(at)79ft.net (web(at)79ft.net)> wrote:
--> AeroElectric-List message posted by: "fidot" <web(at)79ft.net (web(at)79ft.net)>

Well folks,

Will soon need to  crimp a number of large AMP terminals to some large wires, and been playing around with a Harbor Freight hydraulic crimper I had for a while.

I decided to write this report part to contribute, part to solicit thoughts and feedback.
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Somewhat of a shock to discover that the USA ain't the center of the universe, like we've always thought. Wink

Charlie

  Thanks for sharing your experience and
  observations with this tool. I purchased
  one about 10 years ago with similarly
  high expectations. I found that the die
  markings bore no real relevance to
  the real world.

  I too accomplished a few crimps onto
  various un-insulated terminals and
  found that with a little fiddling,
  a FEW combinations of terminals and
  wire could be artfully accommodated.

  Wound up taking the tool back 'cause
  it would NOT do the crimps most
  needed (4 and 2AWG). Too bad. The
  hydraulics were fine but the die
  set was essentially useless.

  I considered making new die sets
  but unless I was going to seek a market
  for production, return on investment
  was poor.

  In answer to Rich's suggestion, YES . . .
  soldering is a perfectly reasonable
  alternative  . . . but without vice grips.

http://aeroelectric.com/articles/big_term.pdf



  Bob . . .


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