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Old 05-31-2014, 04:08 PM   #1
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How do I connect spade connectors?


I stick the wire into the hole, and then what?
Do I try to crush narrow middle the neck part?
The plastic sheath doesn't come off, so solder is not an option.


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Old 05-31-2014, 04:11 PM   #2
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They get crimped using crimping pliers or a crimp tool.

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I use them on stranded wire only.
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Mainly for stranded wire. Solid is a little harder to crimp them on. The crimpers are sold in the same aisle. You can also order the tool through partsexpress.com.

I got smart and went to Harbor Freight and picked up a bulk set of different crimp connectors. Then went to Parts Express and ordered extras, along with Waterproof connectors to have when I need them.
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The wire also needs to be stripped before crimping.
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What is it your really trying to do?
Huge difference in trying to wire up a boat and trying to crimp an 0/ main connection.
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Which part of this tool do I use?
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Strippers are close to the handles, the crimp is on the nose of the tool.
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I crushed the circular tube the wire sits in, but it still doesn't feel totally secure.
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Sure your using the right size connector for the size wire your trying to use?
See how there color coded according to wire size.
Also notice the color codes on the crimper for what color connector you have.
Wire should just barely slip into the connector.

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