Hydraulic Crimper Review and Upgrade

highwater

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This is my experience thus far with the Titan 11981 Hydraulic Crimper.
I settled on this one because it had the D frame, as opposed to the C frame, which I had heard of the C frame cracking its casting.
There are 8 hex die sets in the case, which will cover the bigger gauge wires.
I have a ratcheting crimper for all the smaller stuff.
Randall
 

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highwater

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So far I have only made 8 crimps with the 2/0 dies, but I will be doing some 4/0 next.
The dies left no sharp swaging marks on the barrel of the cable end.
I did rotate 60 degrees just to make sure of a good crimp.
Randall
 

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highwater

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After those few crimps, I realized I needed a couple more hands.
You need to hold one handle with one hand, pump with the other hand, hold the wire in place in the terminal end, and hold the end in place while the dies come together.
I came up with a sort of bench mount to solve these mentioned issues.
Randall
 

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highwater

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First I measured the barrel diameter.
This one was 2.215 inches.
If you want to do something like this, you will need an anti-vibration mount.
I had one in my extensive pile of crap, but this is what I would have got from the McMasterCarr candy store.
Randall
 

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highwater

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I had to make the 2.25 inch clamp slightly smaller, so I made a sharpie mark around the mating surfaces, and cut them behind the line on the bandsaw.
This allows the clamp to squeeze the barrel of the crimper.
Randall
 

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Crowz

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I ran into the same issue with needing more hands to hold it in place. Luckily the pattern on one of my trucks tailgate when opened was just right to sit the crimper into. Not as solid as what you made but worked.
 
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