For years I've had one of these cheap crimp tools, :
which is an excellent 'generic' tool for things like molex 0.1 and 0.156" connector housing pins as well as many other types of similar size. I want another one to grind down to use for smaller crimps with shorter crimp lengths,, but can't find one anywhere. I think mine originally came from the now defunct Electrospeed/Verospeed, and cost about a tenner The only identifying mark is "Made in Sweden" Mine is the lower of the 2 in the pic - the other is a very worn one I found in a pile of tools I picked up at a factory liquidation. Both have the same markings.
I'd prefer a UK source but will look further if necessary....
I've looked at RS, Farnell, CPC and Rapid with no joy - any ideas..? Even a suggestion of what manufacture of thses things lives in Sweden..?
That particular style of tool is/was used by Ripaults for their automotive connectors, and also by others. There are cable and insulation crimp positions, but you'd need to look at someone like A-MP or Molex for that kind of thing these days. The crimp was an open W which you closed and crimped in the shapes in the picture.
We probably still have our old Ripaults tooling in the workshop at the factory.
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Can't see too clearly in the pic's but should be close.
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These look like they are are for larger types of connectors - the first is a ratchet type which crimps the conductor and insulation in one go with a 2-part die, and is not suitable as this imposes constraints on the types of pin it will do.
The nice thing about my cheap single-leaf tool is you have flexibility to choose the best size hole for each part of the crimp seperately, and the non-ratchetness allows you to control the pressure so it covers a wide variety of terminal types.
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I bought something like it from Maplin once. It had a few more bells and whistles too, but was very cheap. I don't know if they still have them. It's not great, but so long as you don't try to use the wire-cutting bit at the end it works. If you can afford to waste a few connectors in practise to overcome it's unregulated control of force. Maplin don't stock so well now though...
Yes, I've got a pair of those. The slightly brighter line by the lower handle crank is where it says 'Made in Sweden'. The server for the photos was off-line when i first tried to look so was working 'blind'. It's OK now!
I've had them for yonks and think it was a Verospeed item. I guess there are a bunch of Swedish manufacturers for these kinds of tools.
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Don't know whether the crimp tool at the bottom right of this page will do what you want but it looks close. The manufacturer isn't given so I can't help track it down further at this stage. This is a US site but I'm sure someone over your way must have them.
I have one of these - this has a 2-section die to crimp the conductor and insulator in one go, so not as flexible, although it could possibly adaped. Nice thing about my one is it has 3 sizes, which covers a wide range of crimps.
RS used to do them. The problem with RS now, is finding things, and when you do, actually getting them (you can order a 'left handed widget', and end up with a 'right handed wotsit'...), but the current unit for the same plugs is a rather more expensive design with a ratchet. They were sold for the pins in a number of different connectors. I think they were actually made by Tyco (Tyco still do a tool that is almost identical in style, as the 'Super Champ II', but for different pins). Their own catalog, on the front page for 'contractor tools', still shows a unit like this, but inside, it has disappeared...