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Old 20th April 2012, 09:28 AM   #11
AndrewT is offline AndrewT  Scotland
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These look like the crimper used to "crush" the receptacle around a single cable, usually stranded. Used for creating an air free metal to metal contact inside the receptacle.
These would never be used for a coax.
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Old 22nd April 2012, 11:02 AM   #12
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The 8" crimper is the way to go. That same tool is sold under umpteen brand names (T&B, Klein). It has plenty of leverage. In a pinch there are some stamped crimp tools that are almost tolerable: I got one at an autoparts store because it had the ignition wire terminal crimp on it. And the stamped Molex crimp tools are fine if you need that style.

For stripping, I use a K. Miller model 100 stripper/cutter (like the Klein 1003); you can leave it adjusted for small gauges and judge the pressure by feel, so strip any size wire without worrying about which notch to use, or adjusting the setting.
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Old 23rd April 2012, 12:58 PM   #13
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Harbor Freight has a nice full compression crimping tool that is often on sale for $10, and is currently on sale for $7. I have a couple and find they are well and accurately constructed.
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Old 23rd April 2012, 11:43 PM   #14
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I also have one of the Harbor Freight crimping tools in my electrical tools -toolbox.
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Old 21st August 2012, 03:29 AM   #15
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Well, thanks everyone for the help. At one point, I bought a cutter/stripper thinking I would get a crimper later on. I couldn't find one that I wanted to buy. So, I ended up returning the cutter/stripper and bought a cutter/stripper, crimper; the Gardner Bender GESP-70.
GARDNER BENDER (GB ELECTRICAL) GESP-70 8-24 WIRE STRIPPER - Tool Catalog - Electrical - Electrical Hand Tools

I works. The only thing I didn't know from the start though is that it seems better to crimper with the round part the side of the fold of the terminals. At least I first tried on a cheap pair of drivers.
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Old 21st August 2012, 12:20 PM   #16
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Or, would it be acceptable to use a Vise-Grip or needlenose plier to crimp?
Never , unless you're on a deserted island and need it to get your car running.
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Old 21st August 2012, 12:26 PM   #17
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I use those cutter/crimpers on a daily basis at my job.
I have a separate set of T-Strippers, 2 sets to cover 28awg to 10awg.

I find that I have much lower warranty rate when I have a dedicated stripper because it is much better built and doesn't nick the wires or accidentally cut strands off.
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