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#30207 - 10/07/03 05:35 PM What type of Crimper?
WiCeltic Offline
Registered: 10/13/01
Posts: 20
Loc: Sheboygan, Wi. USA
If you are going to make a tap connection to the GEC, and it has to be irreversible crimp, what model or type of crimper is used? Is this the same kind that is used in factories to crimp on large sta-kon terminals? We used to do that on large motor leads, when I was doing industrial work. Thanks for any advise.
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#30208 - 10/07/03 07:39 PM Re: What type of Crimper?
ThinkGood Offline
Registered: 08/07/02
Posts: 1081
Loc: Milwaukee, WI
Can't help you with your actual question, but just wanted to find out if folks prefer using Cadweld to crimping?

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#30209 - 10/07/03 08:19 PM Re: What type of Crimper?
Bjarney Offline
Registered: 04/10/02
Posts: 2527
Loc: West-Southern Inner-Northeast ...
Mick — Maybe this link will work for "c-taps." I believe smaller connectors can be crimped with T&B TBM5/6/8 crimp tools. I think Burndy and Penn-Union also have similar parts.
#30210 - 10/08/03 12:50 AM Re: What type of Crimper?
iwire Offline
Registered: 01/05/03
Posts: 4391
Loc: North Attleboro, MA USA
Thinkgood, I prefer Cadwelds but for me the shop usually already has the molds and loads, so it is almost a no cost solution.

We have a verity of crimping tools also but I can not resist the chance to use a cadweld, crimping is not as much fun as fire and smoke.

If you have to buy the mold for one use it can be expensive, the same can be said for the crimps, they are cheap but the price of the crimping tool is kind of high if you only need it one time.

I have heard of one use cadwelds but have not used them and I do not know what they cost, but I would think cheaper than either of above.


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#30211 - 10/08/03 04:35 AM Re: What type of Crimper?
Fred Offline
Registered: 04/30/01
Posts: 449
Loc: Straughn, IN 47387
I like the one shots by Erico. They cost less than $5.00.
#30212 - 10/08/03 05:15 AM Re: What type of Crimper?
resqcapt19 Offline
Registered: 11/10/00
Posts: 2148
Loc: IL
The thing that you have to remember about the use of "crimp" type connections is that the connector must be crimped with a tool that has been listed to crimp that connector. In many cases that means that the tool and the connector must be from the same manufacturer.
From the UL Guide for Wire Connectors and Soldering Lugs.
Special Tools- Connectors to be assembled to wire using a special tool are to be assembled using the tool specified by the manufacturer on or in the connector shipping carton. Such tools are identified by appropriate marking.
#30213 - 10/09/03 05:05 AM Re: What type of Crimper?
electure Offline

Registered: 12/24/00
Posts: 4259
Loc: Fullerton, CA USA
A lot of supply houses have crimpers and dies that they will loan to you when you buy connectors from them.
As iwire said, Cadwelds are so much more fun. Just don't set one off with your boot below it ...S
#30214 - 10/14/03 04:40 PM Re: What type of Crimper?
John Steinke Offline
Registered: 04/03/01
Posts: 518
Loc: Reno,Nv., USA
The guy who sells the connectors should be able to rent you a crimper- with the right dies!

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