Battery Cable Tool reccomendations

MrSony

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Nov 15, 2014
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Des Moines, Iowa
Strippers, crimpers, sh*t like that.

what do yall use?

also, where yall buy good bulk battery cable?
 

Injectedcutty

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Nov 24, 2014
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Louisville, KY
Big flat head screwdriver and a hammer with some copper lugs. Solder and good heat shrink and send.
I buy welding cable from the local welding supply store since the cable has finer strands and more flexible.
 
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565bbchevy

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Aug 8, 2011
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Like many I use this tool for crimping my 1/0 battery cables.
I use copper lugs and heat shrink tube the connection after crimping
I also buy my fine strand made in USA cable from Temco Industrial this cable is very flexible and easy to route.
 

57 Handyman

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Feb 6, 2017
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Tools to make heavy duty/battery cables:
1. Razor knife to cut-off/strip 1/2" of insulation from cable
2. Copper ends or tips to be soldered onto cable
3. Solder
4. MAP gas torch

Source for these parts NAPA for copper ends and either 0 or 1 AWG cable. Home Depot, Lowes, or any hardware store for solder and MAP gas torch.

Secure the copper ends in vise to heat and melt solder with MAP gas torch. Melt solder until cup is half full before removing heat and inserting cable. Let the solder cool to secure the cable.
 

64nailhead

Goat Herder
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Dec 1, 2014
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Upstate NY
Tools to make heavy duty/battery cables:
1. Razor knife to cut-off/strip 1/2" of insulation from cable
2. Copper ends or tips to be soldered onto cable
3. Solder
4. MAP gas torch

Source for these parts NAPA for copper ends and either 0 or 1 AWG cable. Home Depot, Lowes, or any hardware store for solder and MAP gas torch.

Secure the copper ends in vise to heat and melt solder with MAP gas torch. Melt solder until cup is half full before removing heat and inserting cable. Let the solder cool to secure the cable.
This ^^^^. I used to goof around crimping until I started soldering cable ends. You can do pullups on a #2 or larger cable if it's soldered and the joint will never corrode. Once you get into 4/0 stuff, the crimper tool talks two bulky humans to run lol, so soldering is much easier and a better joint. Now if it's in the car or truck, then the crimper starts looking better.
 
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