Not interested in the hammer style crimpers. The crimpers being discussed here either use leverage or hydraulics.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.)
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?
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.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/
@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.No, this seems able to smash anything pretty easily.
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?If you're going to make MC4 connections, be sure you have an MC4 crimper