If you work with electronics all day, chances are you have to use a wire crimper regularly. If you’ve worked with substandard tools, you know the pain of not being able to work quickly enough or having to redo crimps that failed.
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|Titan Tools 11477 Ratcheting Wire Terminal Crimper|
|Channellock 909 Crimping Tool with Cutter||1 lb||4.65/5|
|IRWIN VISE-GRIP Multi-Tool 2078309|
(Best for the Money)
|WGGE WG-015 Professional crimping tool/Multi-Tool||1 lb||4.4/5|
|Amzdeal Crimping Tool Kit||4 lbs||4.1/5|
The Titan Tools 11477 Ratcheting Wire Terminal Crimper is the model you want to get if you want a great crimping experience that almost always delivers a perfect crimp on the first time. While a lot of tools require you to crimp more than once to get the job done, the ratcheting design on this model ensures that you only have to crimp once, saving you time and frustration. The holes in the teeth are also color-coded so that you can easily identify which you should use.
This model also comes with adjustable compression, so you can change how much you have to move the handles to get the job done, which allows you to customize this tool to your hand size. There aren’t a lot of tools with this level of customization, so it’s always a nice feature to see. Our only problem with this model is that it requires a considerable amount of force to use. While it produces superior crimps, you need good hand strength to get the job done. Overall, this is the best wire crimper on the market today and one which will leave anyone happy with their purchase.
If you’re looking for a model which will be easier on your hands, the Channellock 909 Crimping Tool with Cutter is a great choice. As you may have realized from the tool’s name, this model includes a cutter, allowing you to strip the insulation off a wire, so you don’t have to carry around a second tool. The surfaces on this tool are laser-cut and heat-treated. This gives them excellent durability, and help them hold their edge for a long time. This model also comes with a corrosion-resistant finish, so you should be able to keep using this tool for many years without any corrosion forming.
This model also requires less leverage to finish the crimp, which is good news for people who don’t have the strongest hands, or who don’t want to work as hard to get their jobs done. What keeps this tool out of first place is its iffy quality control. A small number of models ship with cosmetic, and occasionally, non-cosmetic issues that make the tool feel cheap. Still, if you’re looking for an easy to use crimping tool which includes a cutter, you can’t go wrong with this model.
If you’re looking for a tool that can do it all, you’ll love the IRWIN VISE-GRIP Multi-Tool 2078309. This model comes with a cutter, pliers, and a crimping section, so you’ll be able to do just about every phase of a process with just this one tool. Those features alone already hint at the incredible value you can get from this tool. It also comes with crimping sections for both insulated and un-insulated terminals, so you can use this tool no matter the situation. The cutting edges are also induction-hardened, so they retain their edge well, and will last a long time, even under heavy use.
Believe it or not, this tool retails for less than you’d spend on the top two models on our list. So, if you’re looking to save some money, and if the idea of carrying one tool around instead of three appeals to you, then you can’t do better than you would do with this tool. The only downside to it is that it’s a jack of all trades, and while it can get the job done, some processes don’t feel as natural as other. Overall, this is a great tool, especially for the price.
The WGGE WG-015 Professional crimping tool/Multi-Tool is another tool designed in the same vein as the previous one. It comes with a cutter, pliers, and a crimping section, so in theory, you should be able to do just about any wire-related tasks with this tool. Like the previous model, it can also work with insulated and non-insulated tools, so you’ll be able to work with just about everything you come across. Plus, this model sells for about half of what you’d pay for the previous model on our list.
However, this isn’t a perfect tool, and in our opinion, it suffers in some areas that a tool needs to exceed in to provide great value. For one, it lacks high-end power. You end up having to redo crimps when using this tool since they’ll sometimes easily come apart to the touch. It’s also not the most durable tool on the market, and while you should expect it to last a year or two, it would be surprising it if lasted for a decade or more. This tool is a good example of getting what you pay for, and at this price, this is a tool which won’t last.
The Amzdeal Crimping Tool Kit is a tool that tries to give you the best of both worlds. This model combines the power of a ratcheting tool with the flexibly of a multitool. It comes with five dies, which you can switch out to customize the tool to the task at hand. A big plus with this system is that it means you always deliver good force to the wires. This model also comes with a nice case, which is useful for keeping track of your dies and the screwdriver required to change them out. Since this model ratchets, it’s easy to get the force required to get the job done.
However, with this model most people ill end up spending a lot of time changing out dies. In the long run, that becomes very wasteful. If you really need the flexibility to do all of these tasks, it may be more time efficient to use three different tools or use e different multitool. This model also has some problems with quality control. Overall, this isn’t the best tool for crimping, and while it has an interesting idea, it’s not going to be efficient enough for most people.
It’s important that you get a tool which you like using because if you don’t, it’s hard to justify the price.
Ease of use is one area that really separates worthwhile wire crimping tools from those people will end up hating. The easier that every task is, the less time you’ll spend on tasks, and the better you’ll feel when you’re done.
Likewise, it’s important to get a tool which crimps well. While there are a lot of impressive multitools on the market today that do more than crimp, it’s a good idea to invest in a tool that makes great crimps, every time, on the first try. Having to go back and redo crimps is frustrating and a massive waste of time.
As long as you focus on the features you need for your job, and forget about those which you won’t use, then you should be able to find a model that you’ll love using.
The Titan Tools 11477 Ratcheting Wire Terminal Crimper is our favorite model due to its excellent design, adjustable compression, and excellent crimp quality. The Channellock 909 Crimping Tool with Cutter has high-quality edges, a corrosion-resistant coating, and includes a cutter, but its iffy quality control keeps it out of first place. In third is the IRWIN VISE-GRIP Multi-Tool 2078309 which includes a cutter and pliers, has induction-hardened cutting edges, and since you can get it for less than the top two models, it’s the best overall value for the money on our list. The WGGE WG-015 Professional crimping tool/Multi-Tool features a lot of options for working with wires, but it lacks high-end power and has poor durability, which drops it to fourth place on our list. In last is the Amzdeal Crimping Tool Kit, which has five interchangeable dies and a nice case, but the design wastes time and suffers from quality control issues.
We hope that our reviews have helped you better understand wire crimping tools, and have helped you find the model which is right for you.
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