Temco Lug Crimping Tool

HaldorEE

Solar Addict
I have a TemCo hammer crimper, use a 3-pound hammer on a concrete floor, and get what seem to be mechanically good crimps. But if a crimp could be "overdone" with this method then I'm willing to use something that gauges the crimp depth, like the tools above. (My impression is that you can't reasonably over-whack a properly-sized lug and wire, assuming you're not splitting the lug, but just checking.)
Not interested in the hammer style crimpers. The crimpers being discussed here either use leverage or hydraulics.
 

HRTKD

Boondocker
I'm planning to buy the TEMCo hydraulic crimper (model TH0005-11, that also does MCM sizes, just in case). I need to buy lugs no matter where they come from. What's the chance that the lugs from TEMCo will work better with their crimper than other brands of lugs?
 

Zil

Solar Addict
That is true with my FTZ crimper. It works better with FTZ lugs than with Anchor Lugs.
 

JoeHam

Photon Sorcerer
I'm planning to buy the TEMCo hydraulic crimper (model TH0005-11, that also does MCM sizes, just in case). I need to buy lugs no matter where they come from. What's the chance that the lugs from TEMCo will work better with their crimper than other brands of lugs?

Probably zero chance but Temco is a quality name and the cost difference is likely small enough that it’s worth it IMHO.
 

Leo3

Solar and Wiring Newbie!
I got this one because 12awg to 2/0 fit my needs. If you need 4/0 there are others that handle that (but start at ~8awg).

Seems high quality from at 2 dozen crimps i have done.

TEMCo Hydraulic Cable Lug Crimper TH0006-5 US TON 12 AWG to 00 (2/0) Electrical Terminal Cable Wire Tool Kit 5 YEAR WARRANTY https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HJXHX1K/
Do you ever find yourself wishing you had the 11 ton one? Or is the one you have good? I'm deciding between the TH0006 like yours, and the TH0005 Version 2.0 which they just introduced. The TH0005 does not include a 12ga die, which would be nice if it did but not sure how necessary that is because I'm a newb and I'm learning.
 

HRTKD

Boondocker
The docs are a bit odd, but mine do fit in the case. I cut out foam drawer liners to fit the case so that things didn't rattle in the case (I took the crimper on a trip, yeah strange).
 

Leo3

Solar and Wiring Newbie!
No, this seems able to smash anything pretty easily.
@HRTKD and @MisterSandals they do look like really good quality. Better than what's on Will's site. I just need to decide if I want the TH0005 or 6. The 5 has more compression power and more dies, but goes to 10awg (Includes 32 Die Sets (10 AWG - 600 MCM) vs 12awg (12 AWG to 00 MCM (2/0). Not sure how much either of those specs matter. I think the large end is plenty, but might be nice to have 12.
 

HRTKD

Boondocker
Yes, everything else (that was added for this upgrade) is larger.
1. From the 12 gauge PV wire coming off the panel I connect to 10 gauge PV wire with an MC4 connection.
2. That 10 gauge PV wire has ferrules on the ends and goes into a 2 pole circuit breaker.
3. Out of the circuit breaker, I have 6 gauge welding wire (with ferrules) that goes to the solar charge controller, where I also use ferrules.
4. Out of the solar charge controller, a 6 gauge wire (with ferrules) goes to a circuit breaker that uses a 6 gauge lug/ring terminal.
5. Out of the circuit breaker, the 6 gauge wire has lugs/ring terminals on both ends (different stud side though) and goes into the bus bar.
6. Everything from there on uses a lug/ring terminal and is either 2/0 or 1 gauge.

The initial circuit breakers (#2) use screw down terminals, so a lug crimper isn't needed there. If you're going to make MC4 connections, be sure you have an MC4 crimper. I considered doing the crimp with a crimping die that was close, but since I had limited supplies of connectors I didn't want to waste any.
 

Leo3

Solar and Wiring Newbie!
Does the temco crimper crimp the ferrules?

If you're going to make MC4 connections, be sure you have an MC4 crimper
I do plan on doing this. I want to make a couple of panel extension cables to go from foldable solar panels to a portable power station. I don't have a crimper yet but maybe will get this one. Which one do you have?
 

HRTKD

Boondocker
I already had three ratcheting crimpers. The last thing I needed was one more. So I bought a die to fit a tool I already had. I had purchased a Pro'sKit Ratcheting Crimper for square ferrules, so I tracked down a die to fit in that tool. I found it on the manufacturer's website and ordered it directly from there.

Link to the die: https://totaleclipse4u.com/default/cp-5s2d.html

I link on the RV With Tito website doesn't take me to a specific product. Just a list/category. A kit would be OK. You'll need the Connector Assembly Tool. I needed one for sure, but only used it to take the connectors apart (disconnect male MC4 from female MC4).

I can't say if one brand of MC4 tool is any better than another, but I sure wouldn't pay more than $50 for a kit.
 
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