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Old 09-25-2013, 04:44 AM
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If you get terminals sized properly for the gauge wire you're using, you wont have to do the modification to the barrel to get a proper crimp. Be careful not to over crimp and compress the wires strands too much, or it will fracture them and reduce it's load carrying capability.
The terminals ARE the right size, thank you... Overlapping the joint simply makes for a nicer, more consistant crimp. Rather then fighting each other to compress this mod allows the two halfs to slide past each other during the crimping process. Rather then a bulged and buckled mess this creates a nice, even crimp, as you can see...
I didn't see any signs of distress in the crimped joint. You would have to step down on the die size to compress it to much. This isn't going to happen with the correct die size.
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I've never had good quality terminals buckle or get ugly. Maybe the terminals you're buying should be upgraded to a good Stakon or Burndy?
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Okay, I have gotten more grief for these "crimps" then I like... I thought they were okay for what I am doing but I guess they are not. I will be rethinking the process. I am going to make a couple of new top dies to, hopefully, bring these up to a better standard.
The terminals I have are good quality, it just takes a better process to get a good crimp. I am looking for a "crimp" here... Not a "squash" which is what I have now.
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Old 09-25-2013, 11:09 AM
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Sorry Mark. I wasn't trying to give you grief, just trying to help. I've used that style crimper for over 30 yrs. with Panduit, Stakon, or Burndy terminals, and always make beautiful crimps that don't buckle or look bad. But I've occasionally at home bought some inexpensive crimp terminals, and often had bad luck, so I gave up on them.
Again, I apologize if what I said didn't come across the right way.
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No apologies necessary! Believe me, you aren't the only one telling me the "crimps" are junk... This is why I post a lot of the stuff I do. If it's not right, or there is a better way, I want to know it... Thank you for the input, very much appreciated!
The issue I have with the current dies is they like to squash material out of the sides, between the die halves.This is what I was trying to avoid. I will do some work on a new set of dies for the crimper that will give me good crimps. By rolling the top of the lug down, into the wire Molex style, I will keep it from squashing the metal of the lug out between the dies and, hopefully, give a better crimp. Stay tuned.
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