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Old 03-19-2013, 08:06 PM
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Not to beat this to death ... as it has been on several forums on the net.
Even the debate over crimping versus soldering is an ongoing one.

All I can say is that I worked at a NAPA store that included electrical service (starter / alternator rebuilding) and this "crimp, solder, and heat-shrink" method was drummed into my head on a fairly consistent basis over a period of 10 years. I should also state that we DID use HD tinned copper connectors with the correct crimping tool with the 3-ft handles, and not that "hammer-style" crimper that I posted earlier.

Perhaps it IS overkill, but we didn't have any comebacks on the cables we built ... end of story.

I guess the bottom line is that there are many different ways of doing things. Choose one that works for you and your customers.

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Pretty much, it's what equipment you have, Hammer crimp, vs "correct" crimpers vs solder. All work very well.
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