Yes, agreed, soldering is not recommended but if there is no way to do a good crimp it is better then an iffy crimp.
Now there is no reason to solder or have a bad crimp. This crimper gives good results and is very consistent.
The dies are steel, not aluminum...
I modified my crimper so it will easily clamp to the welding bench. Frees up a hand for holding the wire in place.
I marked out a pattern for a couple of drilled and tapped holes in the head.
I will be screwing it to this piece of 1/4" plate with a couple of drilled and counter bored holes.
I clamped the tool in the drill press vise and drilled two holes out to .149 for tapping for a #10-32 screw.
Here is the plate getting drilled and counter bored.
Test fit. Bolted up nice and was very sturdy. This will work great when I get to crimping all of the van cables...
Cleaned and painted the plate.
This will be good to go and, if I need it do any crimps in tight places, the plate will come right off.