ferrule crimpers for large gauge wire?

carbon60

Solar Enthusiast
Aren’t all the places one might want to shove a wire with a ferrule info parallel jaws of some form?
 

HRTKD

Boondocker
I'm with smoothJoey on this. Not all terminals are parallel, especially the type that use a set screw.
 

SherylinRM

GO GO JUICE BOOMER ZOOMER MAKER
So, did anyone chime in with a smaller size (like AWG 18-8) ferrule crimper that produces good results? I bought a little kit of Amazon and the ferrules it produces are very sawtooth in nature. So much so that they don't fit into a socket designed for the specific size. i.e. I tried to put AWG 12 with a ferrule into a terminal block spec'd for 4mm^2 and it wouldn't fit. If I carefully slid the jaws along it lengthwise, to even out the "teeth", it just fits. I do like ferrules, so I am willing to spend some money on a crimper…

Here is an example of an AWG18 ferrule:

And post fiddlef$$king around:

Thoughts?
HRTDK seems to have something there. Also on that page are other links to other crimpers you may find helpful. I know what you mean though.Better to spend the money to get it right than to fiddle a$$ around and get frustrated or worse. A short or something bad.

I don't mind spending money. I just never had a credit card and now never will. So can't always get the good stuff the cool kids get LOL. :)

Some here though have been nice to me. Thanks. You know who you are.

Anyhow, back to your question. The ones that guy linked to look good and similar to ones sold locally. :)
 

HRTKD

Boondocker
I have some of those. Good for a quick connect. But personally I do not trust them myself.
But that is me. :)

That particular terminal type isn't any different than all the terminals on my ground bus bar.

The reason I drank the kool-aid on ferrules is that in almost any terminal, you get a more secure connection when using a ferrule. A bare wire tends to splay out within the terminal as its tightened. A properly crimped ferrule doesn't do that.

I am dealing with a failed terminal on an inverter that used 1 gauge cable with no ferrule. This predates my use of ferrules. That's my excuse. The terminal has suffered a fair amount of heat (it melted) due to the terminal not making a solid connection with the stranded cable.
 

SherylinRM

GO GO JUICE BOOMER ZOOMER MAKER
That particular terminal type isn't any different than all the terminals on my ground bus bar.

The reason I drank the kool-aid on ferrules is that in almost any terminal, you get a more secure connection when using a ferrule. A bare wire tends to splay out within the terminal as its tightened. A properly crimped ferrule doesn't do that.

I am dealing with a failed terminal on an inverter that used 1 gauge cable with no ferrule. This predates my use of ferrules. That's my excuse. The terminal has suffered a fair amount of heat (it melted) due to the terminal not making a solid connection with the stranded cable.
Exactly. :)
 
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