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    Hydraulic Crimper Mounting Plate

    Not a tool but a way to improve one...
    I just got this Hydraulic Crimper off eBay and was having a hard time using it while holding a cable into the lug being crimped. Got to be quite the juggling act.
    I figured mounting it to a plate so I could clamp it to the welding bench would make it a bit easier to use...

    I modified my crimper so it will easily clamp to the welding bench. Frees up a hand for holding the wire in place.
    I marked out a pattern for a couple of drilled and tapped holes in the head.

    I will be screwing it to this piece of 1/4" plate with a couple of drilled and counter bored holes.

    I clamped the tool in the drill press vise and drilled two holes out to .149 for tapping for a #10-32 screw.

    Here is the plate getting drilled and counter bored.

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    Test fit. Bolted up nice and was very sturdy. This will work great when I get to crimping all of the van cables...


    Cleaned and painted the plate.

    This will be good to go and, if I need it do any crimps in tight places, the plate will come right off.
    Mark

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    Thanks astroracer! I've added your Hydraulic Crimper Mounting Plate to our Drilling category, as well as to your builder page: astroracer's Homemade Tools. Your receipt:


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    Nice fix, will have to do that to mine as well.
    Had the same problem juggling cable, lug and pressing down on handle.
    Cheers

    Ed.

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    Thanks Ed,
    This little mod is turning out to be pretty handy... I clamped the Crimper right to the rad support and got busy.


    Having the crimper right there, where I was working, was nice!

    The plate is open enough that I can torient the crimper any way I need for operation.

    Mark


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