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    Thanks for this information guys, I have been using a hammer crimper for years but I am going to give the hydraulic crimper a go. Heading to HF this weekend with the 25% off coupon in hand.
    -Trevor

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    Quote Originally Posted by trevordj View Post
    Thanks for this information guys, I have been using a hammer crimper for years but I am going to give the hydraulic crimper a go. Heading to HF this weekend with the 25% off coupon in hand.
    Just make sure to open the box and check to make sure all the dies are in the box and test it for functionality.


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    I'll do that. Is there anything in particular I need to pay attention to with regard to the functionality? I'm thinking just making sure the action is smooth, there are no hydraulic leaks, and the jaws close symmetrically.
    -Trevor

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    That's all. I got my first one home and when I went to use it, hydraulic fluid squirted everywhere. It turns out one of the seals was broken/twisted and it somehow got past the strenuous Chinese QA inspectors. ;)
    I took it back and got another one, but checked it thoroughly before leaving.


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    I picked this bad boy up but haven't gotten a chance to use it yet. It's a pretty impressive tool for the $45 I paid for it.

    Off topic: Does anyone else feel like they need to update their hepatitis C vaccination after visiting Harbor Freight or is it just me?
    Last edited by trevordj; 04-27-2013 at 04:21 PM.
    -Trevor

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    LOL...it's the Big Lots of the tool world


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    I looked at the HF crimper last time I was there but after looking at the dies that came with it it looked like the 0ga die was barely big enough to crimp a 4ga lug.

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    $53? to heck with that. Every shop should have or needs at least a propane torch if not MAPP gas from Agent Orange for five dollars.

    Heat your lug in place, dab solder on. Move on in life.

    Need a re-do? Cut the lug off and start over. You're not convincing me the hammer-on model is any better for a re-do in the car compared to the torch. And I want my tools to be multitaskers unless there is a COMPELLING reason to able able to complete that one operation in that one way that requires that one tool.

    Solder-fu. With a torch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Whiterabbit View Post
    Solder-fu. With a torch.
    Damn straight....

    Let the argument begin....

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    Agreed. Break off some pieces of solder, put them in the crimp terminal with the wire, crush the terminal in a bench vise, finish with a torch. Maybe a soldering gun would work with a 4 AWG wire. A standard 50W soldering iron, you'll be sitting there for days waiting for it to melt.

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