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Old 01-21-2020, 08:56 AM   #21
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I bought the Mega Crimp Sr. to use here at the shop. We have just about worn them out after using for a couple of years. Most of our customers aren't going to spend $300 plus labor on battery cables, but $150 parts and labor for me to rebuild theirs is feasible.

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Old 01-21-2020, 11:12 AM   #22
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Begle1, Redsleeper, good to know. You crimping them while hot or not at all?

jasonc, I might give this borrowed hammer crimp a go. It's the free option at this point. You a boat mech down there? Just curious.

zachu812, that's the plan. I'm going to use the mil spec terminals for the threaded stud. Like the pic attached..

diesel_importer, I might give those a shot if the hammer crimp doesn't work well.

Thanks for all the help guys.
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Old 01-21-2020, 01:39 PM   #23
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I've never crimped battery cables, I've only inserted cold battery cables into a lug full of molten solder.

I theorize that the "best" way to do it would involve solder to make the connection and keep everything hermetically sealed, plus a crimp or strain relief to keep it all mechanically connected. But I have no expertise in these matters and defer to anybody who has made more than a dozen cables over the course of their career.
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When you go to buy the military style terminals I recommend you go with the higher priced lead ones.
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Old 01-22-2020, 12:12 PM   #25
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When you go to buy the military style terminals I recommend you go with the higher priced lead ones.
Thanks and agreed. I actually have some that were an over shipment when I was supplying hardware for military birds. Looks like some cheap knock offs out there when I did a search.
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Old 01-22-2020, 03:27 PM   #26
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I've never crimped battery cables, I've only inserted cold battery cables into a lug full of molten solder.


^^Same here.

Buy soldier loaded terminals, clamp terminal into vise with open end up, heat the solder, insert cable with heat still applied. Once cable is fully seated, remove heat and hold cable until solder cools. Heat shrink connection. Repeat.
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I bought a hydraulic crimping tool off amazon for under $50. Comes with different dies, works great. I made all my cables out of welding cable for a local hardware store with crimp on lugs and good heat shrink. Never buy pre made cables again.
Only option for me, here.
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Old 01-22-2020, 04:05 PM   #28
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Begle1, Redsleeper, good to know. You crimping them while hot or not at all?

jasonc, I might give this borrowed hammer crimp a go. It's the free option at this point. You a boat mech down there? Just curious.

zachu812, that's the plan. I'm going to use the mil spec terminals for the threaded stud. Like the pic attached..

diesel_importer, I might give those a shot if the hammer crimp doesn't work well.

Thanks for all the help guys.
Yes I am.

I just crimp the copper lugs with the hammer fixture, then seal the end with liquid electrical tape, for marine corrosion. Been making them this way for yrs, never an issue.
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Old 01-22-2020, 05:16 PM   #29
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Good info fellas, much appreciated.

jasonc, living the good life man. This 20 degree weather up here is killing me.
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I got my cables from custombatterycables. The kit is really nice but expensive.
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I just made new cables for mine from 2/0 welding cable and copper lugs. I used heat shrink over the lugs and converted to mil style battery terminals. I crimped all mine with a Greenlee crimping tool. It only cost me about $150 to buy everything minus the tool of course, which I already had
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