Eclipse Tools 300-005 Pro's Kit AWG 20-10 Ratcheted Crimper, Non-Insulated, Open Barrel Terminals
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Works good. There are 4 ways of inserting a connector into the crimper, 3 of the 4 ways are wrong and will make you think it is a piece of junk.
Using a ring crimp connector as an example (but remember the company webpage said it is for crimping "Open barrel contacts AWG 20-18, 16-14, 12-10 D-sub, Molex, AMP style pin.")
1. Insert the connector in the jaws with the ring coming out of the left side of the crimper and the wire coming into the right side. (See 1st & 2nd photo) You can place the connector in the crimper and just squeeze it enough for the 1st click of the ratchet to engage and it will hold the connector for you so you can have your hand free to position the wire in the connector.
2. Make sure the ring connector is facing up. When I did it this way I was able to squeeze it far enough to release and open. (see 1st photo)
This seems left handed to me, but that's how this one works.
NEED TO KNOW: IF you have a connector in the jaws and can not get it squeezed down tight enough for the jaws to release, or you want to reposition the connector and have already engaged the ratchet, use the round shaft of a screwdriver (not the end) and just push the little short lever, that is between the grips, forward (toward the jaws) and it will release the ratchet. THAT's how you UNLOCK it when you need to release the ratchet.
Just a note: I left the "pressure adjustment for actuation force" where it came from the factory.
Stein Air has a wonderful video on using a tool similar to this on youtube.Read more ›
The ratchet mechanism helps to hold the pins of a small connector while getting all of the small components and the wire aligned before crimping. The ratchet has a release lever near the pivot point in case things aren't going right and you need to re position the pin or other components. The ratchet/crimp mechanism force can be adjusted for different sizes of terminals or pins. This helps keep from over crimping small terminals but also allows a strong crimp on heavier terminals.
The gauge markings are a little offset so it can be confusing to read the correct one, but once you do a couple you get used to it. The jaws are removable and replaceable. There's no need for multiple crimp tools, just get the jaws you need.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not made with the high precision but it works for part-time crimps.Published 1 month ago by Nicolay Doytchev
Good quality crimp tool. Helpful that you can purchase replacement and alternative jaws.Published 3 months ago by Chris Snelgrove
Purchased this to do factory correct crimps for an early VW. Crimper works great and makes
factory looking crimps.
Get the GM Delphi Weatherpack crimp tool. Easier to use, and no ratcheting gizmo. The ratchet makes it so you have to crimp all the way down before it releases. Read morePublished 4 months ago by B from SLO
A very nice crimping tool for the price. It will make a proper crimp as you would expect from a factory.Published 4 months ago by ROGER C SMITH
Crimped in excess of 1000 joints with this so far, and still going like new with no adjustments.Published 8 months ago by nukeduster