Decent Auto Sparkie Tools ????

Submitted: Monday, Apr 27, 2009 at 13:32
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After many years of using the old $2 crap terminal crimpers/wire strippers, have finally decided that enough is enough and i need some decent crimpers and strippers. I always try to buy quality tools, mainly Sidchrome but on occasion Kincrome, so what i am after is some decent ratchet crimpers and also a decent pair of wire strippers. Something that will enable me to do a job properly for once. Does anyone know of any online stores where i can buy a good pair from. I have been searching Ebay but it is all chinese junk by the looks. Not after the Rolls Royce models just something comfortable and easy to use that is going to last for years. Thanks
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Reply By: ben_gv3 - Monday, Apr 27, 2009 at 13:40

Monday, Apr 27, 2009 at 13:40
Jaycar, Trickie Dickies, Altronics etc.
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Follow Up By: Tenpounder - Monday, Apr 27, 2009 at 14:22

Monday, Apr 27, 2009 at 14:22
Hi there. I know what you mean: I visited Altronics and bought both adjustable strippers and decent crimpers. I actually visited a real shop (!) and was able to choose in the old fashoined way!
Hope you have the same luck
Chris (SA)
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Reply By: austastar - Monday, Apr 27, 2009 at 14:00

Monday, Apr 27, 2009 at 14:00
Hi
Utilux catalogue is here
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Reply By: Mr Pointyhead - Monday, Apr 27, 2009 at 14:23

Monday, Apr 27, 2009 at 14:23
Radio Spares ... (Warning, fantastic stuff, but take a deep breath before reading the prices though )

http://australia.rs-online.com/web/search/searchBrowseAction.html?method=browseSuperSection&Ne=4294960157+4294964839&N=4294863036#Hand%20Tools%20and%20Toolkits
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Follow Up By: Mr Pointyhead - Monday, Apr 27, 2009 at 14:30

Monday, Apr 27, 2009 at 14:30
Something like this:

RadioSpares Automotive crimp tool
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Reply By: OzTroopy - Monday, Apr 27, 2009 at 14:29

Monday, Apr 27, 2009 at 14:29
Get good quality ratchet crimpers if they are going to be used regularly.

Some of them also have the un-insulated terminal slots as well which are handy ... can give a nice tight bite into insulated terminals if used with care.

To replace the expensive "borrowed" one... I recently bought a $30 insulated ratchet crimper from Bursons or some other mob ... they work fine for occaisional use.
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Reply By: Member - Lionel A (WA) - Monday, Apr 27, 2009 at 14:32

Monday, Apr 27, 2009 at 14:32
Side cutters and a flat nosed plier.

Done the job for 40 years and probably to the day I die.


Cheers.....Lionel.
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Reply By: Bonz (Vic) - Thoughtfully- Monday, Apr 27, 2009 at 14:55

Monday, Apr 27, 2009 at 14:55
I have got a Hella crimping tool, its fantastic. does the job properly without any problems.

Got it as part of this kit and its great.

Dont scrimp around with the crappy ones that always bend, I bought this 5 years ago and its a purler.
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Reply By: Shaz & Col - Monday, Apr 27, 2009 at 15:23

Monday, Apr 27, 2009 at 15:23
Hella make great crimpers, expensive but last forever, they also have good strippers. not sure about online stores, if you can get to repco or like stores they probably wont have stock but if you look through their catalogue they can order them in for you.
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Reply By: Member - Ed. C. (QLD) - Monday, Apr 27, 2009 at 16:19

Monday, Apr 27, 2009 at 16:19
Go to your nearest electrical wholesaler, and ask to have a look at a Cabac cattledog..


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Reply By: Member - res.q.guy (Vic.) - Monday, Apr 27, 2009 at 16:31

Monday, Apr 27, 2009 at 16:31
Hi Kroozer
You could try Jaycar.
Jaycar Crimping Tool
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Cheers
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Follow Up By: Member - Stuart P (WA) - Monday, Apr 27, 2009 at 20:50

Monday, Apr 27, 2009 at 20:50
narva make a good insulated crimp tool for $15(back up for mis placement of t&b model200
utilux model 61 for un insulated crimps $60
thomas and betts strippers and crimpers $85+
snap on test light $60
fluke 77 multi meters $350
these tools are 15 years old and still going and are used every day
t&b crimpers are now 20 yrs old.
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Reply By: ABR - SIDEWINDER - Tuesday, Apr 28, 2009 at 07:19

Tuesday, Apr 28, 2009 at 07:19
Good quality tools are very important, especially when crimping Anderson lugs.

Make sure they have hardened jaws and a good ratchet.

Wire strippers are optional. I still use a sharp blade as most of my work is on twin core shielded cable. I will add a wire stripper to my t_range when I find a good one that can do up to 6 B&S.






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Reply By: Sigmund - Tuesday, Apr 28, 2009 at 07:37

Tuesday, Apr 28, 2009 at 07:37
Here's a good tutorial on making electrical connections:

Symon's electrical 101
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Follow Up By: Member -Dodger - Tuesday, Apr 28, 2009 at 15:41

Tuesday, Apr 28, 2009 at 15:41
That was a great link.
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Reply By: Geoff (Newcastle, NSW) - Tuesday, Apr 28, 2009 at 13:17

Tuesday, Apr 28, 2009 at 13:17
If there is an electrical wholesaler nearby to were you live go see them.

They will stock or be able to get crimpers you require and a lot better price than most of these online stores.

The only one they won't have is one to do Anderson Powerpoles in 15, 30 and 45 Amp.

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