Yup the vise, floor and ceiling are all very photogenic.
my ratchet type are the same as https://www.cabac.com.au/products/to...pers/16101505# and are designed for use on bootlace ferrules only, but could work on some types of lug terminals... in fact I know they work on the non insulated ones since I've smooshed them in that several times for quick work.
My standard linesman pliers have an insulated terminal crimper "slot" on the inside of the handle side of the pivot - good to 10 mm2 lugs, and they work very well.
above 6mm2 I then also have the option of a cheap hydraulic crimp set, but that set is limited to non-insulated terminals of all flavours up to 150mm2
most of my work has been in the 0.5 - 16mm2 range, so the hand tools get more use than the hydraulic set. - for instance the EDM I made a while ago was done with crimp connections for all spark wires, and they were based on 2.5mm2 conductors crimped with the linesman pliers.
I see the appeal of the iris style, but my RS branded set do not close tightly enough to be useful in any application.
This gets more interesting; well 'Hello' it is after-all HMT.net I appreciate the 'tool endorsements' of nova_robotics and desbromilow, that up my game.
My crimping uses the good blue handled stripper, I'd say perfect on gauges 20 to maybe 12. Still, Linesman crimpers with cavity and punch work best on big terminals like 12-10, they are thick! Having bought under less budget restrictions made sense then, paying off now with dependable US and top grade imports. Soon there will be work in machine panels and wiring blocks that ferrules prevail.
What I think of as my Linesman pliers are really more pull and twist in tying rebar, one has bent grip to not slip out of hand. There is some of that coming up as well.
...we'll learn more by wandering than searching...
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