Dawn Wilcox Crimper August 08th, 2018 - 19:11:08
The main problem that commonly occurs when people begin buying their own tools, such as wire crimpers, is that those types tools comes in a variety of sizes for different jobs. The same issue happens when you buy a set of metric measurement ratchets or wrenches, but the task requires a set of standard measurement tools. This is made worse when looking at wire crimpers because they not only come in different sizes, but there are also a variety of types that can help or hinder a project. The most basic wire crimpers are used for simply cutting and stripping wires. There are also more specialized types of crimpers which are used for different applications, such as crimping together different sizes and types of data or cable couplers. Data and coaxial cables typically become vastly more complex since they often contain several layers of wires, some of which need to be stripped back, and others that need to be crimped. For this reason, is is very important to know what to look for when selecting the right pair of wire crimpers.
I don't know about you, but after 25 years of cable installations, it certainly seemed as if my tool bag was filled with more styles of crimping tools than any other type of electronics tool. There are just so many different types of crimp connectors to deal with, that one crimper just didn't fit all of my installation needs.
There are basic questions to start off asking before selecting a pair of wire crimpers for a project. Firstly, and most importantly, the type of wire or cable to be crimped will largely dictate what style of crimpers to select. Secondly, the thickness, or gauge, of the wire will determine if a heavy duty pair is needed or a light-weight pair will do the job. When selecting a heavy duty pair of wire crimpers, it is critical to make sure that both the crimping mechanism and the blade for cutting the wire are of high quality to prevent them from chipping. Some tools offer a mechanism for easily changing out parts as they get chip or get dull, which is important to look for because it is always nice when they last for more than one job.
The one important thing to remember, as is true with most things in life, is that you will get what you pay for. When searching for the best pair of wire crimpers, every project is different, however typically higher cost means higher quality. Lastly, when a pair of crimpers will be needed for serveral years of use, it is usually a good idea to check if it can crimp and cut different varieties of wires. The most common types of multi-crimp tools are used to support a variety of RJ-style connectors and different types of data cables. Lastly, when a pair of crimpers will be needed for the long haul over several years of use, it is also a good idea to see if it can cut and crimper different types of wires.
Pros Kit offers three styles of crimper frames for their die sets, but my preference is the Pros Kit Crimp Pro Crimping Frame. It offers ratcheting action for accurate and easy crimps, allows you to use the interchangeable die sets, has a crimping pressure adjustment as well as a quick release for the safety of your hands.
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