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Wire & Cable Crimpers
What are wire crimpers and cable crimpers?
Wire crimpers and cable crimpers refer to any of a number of tools that are used to crimp connectors onto the ends of wire and/or cable. That means that these tools are able to bend the metal of a terminals barrel and press it onto a bare strip of wire in a way that will not pull out or come loose over time. Each wire crimper and cable crimper that we offer is built to the highest standards and goes through rigorous testing in order to ensure that it can handle the job and offers reliability and repeatability. Regardless of the electrical connector types you are working with, we have the tool for it. Let us take a look at the differences between these wire crimpers and cable crimpers
"Each wire crimper and cable crimper that we offer is built to the highest standards and goes through rigorous testing"
Where are wire and cable crimpers implemented?
Wire crimpers are essential for quality connections
Wire crimpers are implemented in applications where terminals and connectors need to be attached to the end of a wire or cable. They handle multiple types of crimp connectors and are utilized in new installations, when performing maintenance, or when replacing parts. This makes them ideal for use in marine applications. Maybe it is time to replace the wire crimpers that you already have. If you have chipped wire crimpers or broken wire crimpers, then these are the perfect solution for you. To use them, you will only need the proper terminals and connectors and the right marine wire or marine cable.
What is the difference between these tools?
Each of these wire crimpers and cable crimpers is built to handle a specific gauge of wire and cable so some may be 8 AWG to 4/0 AWG whereas others may be 22 AWG to 8 AWG. Aside from the wire gauges, these tools also differ in their level of flexibility when it comes to types of terminals they can crimp. Some of the larger tools here may only crimp large battery lugs and others are able to a wide range of terminals. Since the differences are so vast, let us take a quick look at some of the similarities that these tools share. All of these tools are built for repeatability. They are perfect for use with electrical wire connectors especially in harsh condition. That means that each wire crimper and cable crimper are designed to give the exact same crimp pressure each and every time. That repeatability easily translates to reliability. Now that we have discussed the differences and similarities of these tools, let’s discuss how to select the proper wire crimper and cable crimper for your application.
How do I select the proper wire crimper for my application?
The first step to selecting the right wire crimper and cable crimper for your application is knowing your gauge size. If you are working with 10 AWG to 12 AWG wire, then you can eliminate half of the list right up front. Once you know your wire gauge, the next step would be to consider the insulation type. While many tools can crimp terminals regardless of the insulation, not all can. Suppose your 10 AWG to 12 AWG gauge wire application is going to use a mixture of heat shrink terminals and a few nylon terminals, you can eliminate a few more tools from the list. In this scenario, either the VTTR50, the VT3120CT, or the VTR-490 would be best suited to meet your needs. Think of the process like a funnel. Ask questions that eliminate some of the potential options until you are left with only a few choices. This way your wire connectors get the proper crimp every time. As always, if you need help picking out the right tool, contact one of our expert team members and let them help.
Do any of these tools have interchangeable die sets?
Having interchangeable die sets can make a tool surpass the competition and is the reason that we offer them. Think about it, having one tool that can perform the duties of several with only a simple change can make any project easier. Additionally, this type of tool is ideal for field service since you would only need to carry a single tool rather than several. We offer the Ideal crimp tool frame as well as multiple die sets to go with it. With a change out time of only a minute, these are the perfect choice for the production line, the repair shop, the home garage, or the job site. Ideal for use with electrical connectors meant to handle harsh conditions. If interchangeable die sets are not what you are looking for, you may be interested in multipurpose tools.
Are any of these tools multipurpose?
Several of the tools listed here are multi-purpose tools as they can perform more than just crimping. For example, the VT1007 has a wire cutter built into the head of the wire crimper. This way you can trim excess wire or other materials if needed. To make it even better, the cutter portion of the wire crimper is tapered for use in confined spaces. Additionally, the VT30-506 can perform various tasks depending on the crimp die you have inserted into it. Simple additions like this can make a wire crimper and cable crimper more valuable in the long run.
Why choose Pacer?
With over four decades in the marine industry, Pacer has become an expert in multiple areas including the use of wire crimpers and cable crimpers. As we have expanded our production facilities to new locations, we have tested tool after tool to get the best results with repeatability. Over time, we have cultivated a catalog of the highest quality tools possible. If you see it here, we have used it in production of our own products. Rest assured knowing that you are getting the best. When you see Pacer, you know that you have quality.
*This page was updated on 2/08/2023*