Holy Over-Crimp Batman !
Even a lug and wire two sizes smaller than the HFT crimp die is labeled for and this tool, and I use that term lightly, is still GROSSLY over-crimping. This is NOT GOOD. A crimp should never look like this, never....
So another $3.30 lug and $1.85 in wire ruined and we're closing in on $70.00............
Perhaps a 4GA Lug In a 1/0 Die ???
I am desperate now.... So let's try THREE SIZES SMALLER!!!!
1/0 = No
1 GA = No
2GA = No
4GA = Let's see.......
Finally a crimp that looks somewhat acceptable. Only problem is this tool is sold to crimp UP TO 1/0 wire and it will only crimp to 4GA! Caveat emptor.....
You will ruin a LOT of lugs trying to figure out the mythical Chinese / AWG standard so factor that into your total cost of this tool.....
1/0, 2GA, 4GA - 1/0 Die
From top to bottom, using the 1/0 die, I tried:
1/0 = FAIL
1GA = FAIL (Did not need to physically test, knew it would not work.)
2GA = FAIL
4GA = PASSABLE
What The Heck is 7GA Wire....?????
They missed the mark so badly they actually made up a new wire size.
Commercially available 7 AWG wire simply does not exist in North America.... Doh'......
These are the standard sizes this crimper is designed / claimed to work with...
Chrome Plated Dies & 7GA Dies...?
That is some pretty odd chrome plating.? Also interesting to note they completely skipped over 1GA wire, which is readily available, but made up 7GA, which is not.. Wow!!!!
Until HFT can get the AWG die size conundrum sorted out I would advise buying a tool from a company that actually knows what they are talking about when it comes to crimping large gauge wire.
While it may not be a horrible tool for sizes smaller than 4GA, this is not a tool for anything larger than 4GA....
If you do decide to buy this tool there should be NO pinching when the lugs are crimped. It should look like the 4GA crimp shown.
You should also expect to burn through about $30.00 - $40.00 in wire and terminals figuring out what dies work with what AWG wire & lugs. You are on your own on figuring this out. I have given you the first one, the 1/0 AWG die works with 4GA starter lugs, but the rest are on your buck.. (wink)