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  1. gazdkw82
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    gazdkw82 Trainee Trainee Access

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    I'm starting to use crimps and ferrules more and more and I think I need to invest in a good kit. It's a mindfield. Been on RS and some of the good kits are massively expensive.

    What's everyone else using? Best to buy the bits and crimper separately and buikd your own box or buy a set?

    I have lots of bits but they are all varied types and qualities (Xmas presents from relatives so probably cheapest available from Amazon/eBay)
     
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  3. mhar
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    mhar Electrician's Arms

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    Did my 18th edition update last week and during one of the more general discussions, we were told to C2 crimps on solid conductors unless they were done with the type of crimper that make the indents ie unless they were done with a crimper and crimps designed specifically for solid conductors
     
  4. Yplan
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    I use these and they are brilliant but about £100

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  5. gazdkw82
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    So what's the difference between french french and German?

    What's the difference in crimpers for solid and stranded?
     
  6. Yplan
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    The crimps you use for solid or stranded are different therefore require different crimpers.
     
  7. FatAlan
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    French and German colours? Are there any UK colours or is it that UK conductors are so good they don’t need crimping? Answers must not include any reference to Brexit ;)
     
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    Beat me to it :D
     
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    happyhippydad Member Electrician's Arms

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    This is the crimping tool that I use )for 0.5mm - 6mm cable) https://uk.farnell.com/ck-tools/430...991&CATCI=pla-299908740651&CAAGID=14406255429
    I find it very good. I used a friends cheaper crimping tool and I could pull the crimps apart. With my CK crimping tool I tested it in the shed by holding the crimped cable in a vice and pulling as hard as I could and it didn't budge. I also left the cable for a few months and tried again... with the 1mm joints I could 'sometimes' (1 out of 3) pull them apart by using most of my body weight whilst pulling but the 2.5mm and 6mm didn't break.

    It did make a big difference if the crimping joint was not done properly. I.e having the crimp in the correct position in the crimping tool (end of the crimp flush with the tool for 1mm and 2.5mm crimps and the crimp slightly inside the tool for 6mm crimps) and also having both sides of the crimp done at the same level, i.e a flat crimp rather than at right angles.

    I have also bought a hex crimping tool for 6mm - 50mm joins. I use this for any (rare) 6mm crimps as I think it's better than even a good quality indent crimp.
     
  10. SparkyChick
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    The difference between the two schemes is the colours used to identify size. The reality is though as far as I'm aware, most sizes are available in the various colours, but the scheme's make it easy to identify size.
     
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  11. Yplan
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    Yeh I agree @SparkyChick@SparkyChick

    2.5mm can be blue or grey so must just either french or German colours.
     
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    SparkyChick Making a banana smoothy for my fave gorilla Staff Member Moderator

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    I think the colours are handy if you don't keep them stored by size.

    The last lot of 0.75mm I bought we blue.

    They are dead handy things to have.

    And if you have knipex installation pliers, they'll do all the sizes up to 2.5mm
     
  14. gazdkw82
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    So it's best to pick a scheme and get used to it?
     
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    nah. if it goes in without a hammer, it's the right size. :D:D:D.
     
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