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deltabravo

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Posted: 11/12/20 06:08am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'm working on installing an inverter and new batteries in my RV and I needed new battery cables. I am using a TEMco Industrial TH0005 Crimper, which I really like.

Here's how I built the cables


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Posted: 11/12/20 06:57am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Well that's quite the crimper, set up a little crimper station in the campground and recover your expenses.

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Those TEMco crimper make very nice crimps, but the cheap hammer/anvil crimp tools are not bad.

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theoldwizard1 wrote:

Those TEMco crimper make very nice crimps, but the cheap hammer/anvil crimp tools are not bad.


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Posted: 11/12/20 09:59am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Very nice Crimper. I couldn't help notice it costs as much as a battery.


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Posted: 11/16/20 08:53pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Doing the same thing this off season.

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Posted: 11/16/20 08:57pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Very nice to have the right tools.
My crimps look about the same with the hydraulic from HF.


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Posted: 11/16/20 10:53pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

theoldwizard1 wrote:

Those TEMco crimper make very nice crimps, but the cheap hammer/anvil crimp tools are not bad.


Yep, I did the same thing too for my 1860 watt solar system for my truck camper almost a decade ago. Still running strong, too!

When at the race track and we didn't have a crimper, a fall back was using the expansion joint of a sidewalk/curb with a punch and 2 lb sledge. We also used parachute cord for determining the length of the cable by running the cord the route of the cable. Also, used painters tape to draw a line on the tape attached to the cable and lug to ensure the lug to match the orientation for the mounting of the lug to the eventual terminal.

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I clamp the crimper to the workbench with quick-grip clamps. Put the terminal in the crimper and tighten it just enough to hold the terminal without smashing it. Hold the cable in the terminal and crimp it with your other hand.

Putting the terminal in the crimper first also makes adding a terminal to a cable that's already in place on the trailer.

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