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Im looking for information on what tool to use for crimping 1/0 wire.
Ive searched around the site a little and seen some hammer crimpers and other methods like a bench vise, smashing the end with a hammer etc. but cant find any links to buy the right tool. any info or suggestions would be great
 

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I bought a blunt punch from home depot and use that, smack it with a hammer. works great.
 

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Soldering them gives the best connection.
 

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Crimp then solder. At home depot you can buy this pair of huge crimping pliers that are about the size of bolt cutters.
 

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Soldering is 100x easier to mess up. Crimping is easier to do correctly. Do whatever you feel comfortable with and have the tools for.
 

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Get a good sized piece of solder and put it in your and put it in the connector. Get a blow torch and heat that sucker up till the solder is liquid and quickly shove your 1/0 wire. The solder will cover the wire on all sides if you use enough and give you a great unbreakable connection. (obviously hold it with pliers so you don't burn yourself)

You can also get the solder liquified by using a soldering iron but it doesn't work as well.
 

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Get a good sized piece of solder and put it in your and put it in the connector. Get a blow torch and heat that sucker up till the solder is liquid and quickly shove your 1/0 wire. The solder will cover the wire on all sides if you use enough and give you a great unbreakable connection. (obviously hold it with pliers so you don't burn yourself)

You can also get the solder liquified by using a soldering iron but it doesn't work as well.
This doesn't get the core of the wire really....

Clamp the lug in a vice and strip the wire, put the stripped end of the wire in the lug. Get your torch and heat up the backside of the lug and start feeding the solder into the top of it. The wire will keep sucking up the solder and it will eventually fill up the lug.

Will be soldered all the way to the core of the wire
 

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As long you have a good connection on the outside of the wire you are good to go. No need really to worry about getting to the core of the wire. As Dc current travels on the outside of the wire.
 

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Would using the solder and blowtorch method and then crimping after that give satisfactory results?
You wouldn't be able to crimp after you soldered it.. Solder solidifies extremely hard.
So you would have to crimp then solder, In other words.
 

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i use a hammer and the concrete. place wire and terminal on ground, beat it with a hammer, call it good enough and electrical tape that ***** up.

or just get the terminals with the set screw so its quick and easy

and dc power runs on the outside of wire so dont need to worry about getting the "core" especially since its such thin strands anyway. crimp for ease, solder for peace of mind if you worry alot
 
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