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I am in serious need to update my electrical tool assortment in my box. I have a DMM and some quick strippers, etc...the basic basics...

What I need now are professional quality tools that will give me the ability to take my electrical to the next level. By next level, I mean I want to be able to produce something that you would feel good about paying money for.

I need recommendations on the following items, and anything else I am leaving out that may be a good idea to have in my arsenal.

-DMM (digital mulit meter) I have an old one that works...would like to upgrade

-Solder gun-

-Auto wire strippers (the quick stripper tools. I like the Greenlee one)

-Crimp tool (Advice on double and single crimp tools, I want to have both options, and factory quality crimps are importatnt. There are a lot of different options out there, and I am not sure which way to lean here)
-S&G Tool Aid 18920 5 piece set (different dies)-Just one I was looking at.

-Connector terminal release tool - Have no experience with this unit so far.

Any thoughts on good or bad ones on the market would be greatly appreciated. I am going to be getting into the automotive electrical industry, and need some quality stuff that can take a beating!:yes:
 

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I just picked this wire stripper up and have used it a dozen or so times. Not like wire striping is that hard, but these things are amazing:

 

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I have the tool on the bottom it works well on Packard 56 terminals it makes nice crimps it's what I used when I made new engine and headlight harnesses. I soldered it with a 1950's craftsman soldering gun. There are some nice crimpers on this site. Some I had looked at we're around 200 I got mine at napa and they were around 50 there are a bunch of places if you shop around you can get more for your money

http://www.whiteproducts.com/cetools.shtml
these guys have some cool stuff also
http://www.pcsconnectors.com/
Lots of stuff here also
http://www.picowiring.com/catalog.html
 

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I use a Fluke digital VOM. I've had it for years and it has never failed me.
Yea we used to use those at the community college. Ever since then I have always loved those meters! When its time to upgrade from my Craftsman, Fluke it is:yes:

I just picked this wire stripper up and have used it a dozen or so times. Not like wire striping is that hard, but these things are amazing:

http://www.amazon.com/Ideal-45-292-...=1345526265&sr=1-2&keywords=Ideal+stripmaster
Haha thats funnny! I picked up the exact same one yesterday. Blue handles and all! I love those things! Used to use a cheap version of the autostripper, this one is the best one Ive ever seen though. Def a good investment!


I have the tool on the bottom it works well on Packard 56 terminals it makes nice crimps it's what I used when I made new engine and headlight harnesses. I soldered it with a 1950's craftsman soldering gun. There are some nice crimpers on this site. Some I had looked at we're around 200 I got mine at napa and they were around 50 there are a bunch of places if you shop around you can get more for your money

http://www.whiteproducts.com/cetools.shtml
these guys have some cool stuff also
http://www.pcsconnectors.com/
Lots of stuff here also
http://www.picowiring.com/catalog.html
Yea your harness looked pretty good! I have a set of crimpers with different die sets coming from amazon. They look pretty decent and have good reviews. HFT also had a double ratchet crimper that a youtube video tested at 83lbs of pull. There are so many options out there its hard to decide:confused:
 

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This is a decent ratching crimper set

For circuit testing, prower probe is great tool to have on-board
[ame]http://www.amazon.com/Power-Probe-PP3LS01-Lead-Combo/dp/B003HV3WN6/ref=sr_1_1?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1345631620&sr=1-1&keywords=power+probe+3[/ame]

Great Wire Stripper at Mac Tools
http://www.mactools.com/ShopOnline/Product/tabid/120/productid/320701/variantid/311460/Default.aspx

As posted - Fluke DMM is top notch

These terminal extractor tools are helpful too
http://shopsite.hypermart.net/ss11....s=&search_field=14884&Search.x=86&Search.y=37
http://shopsite.hypermart.net/ss11.0/sc/productsearch.cgi?search_field=14885
http://shopsite.hypermart.net/ss11.0/sc/productsearch.cgi?search_field=14462

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Frank thanks for the info! It is a hundred times more valuable to me than to you at this point, and I appreciate your sharing, as with all the guys helping me along so far.

Yes the amazon S&G crimpers are on order already:yes: Do you know if these will perform the double crimp on Delphi/Packard style terminals? Where the insulator gets crimped on the connector as well as the conductor? I am looking for a tool that does that and also the little V crimp, where the two crimp tabs meet in a valley in the center. I am not sure if this or something else will be needed.

Is this power probe a good buy? I wouldnt mind investing in it but have no experience with this as of yet. Mostly I just get by with my meter, although I am growing, and so should my tool inventory...Do you have one?
 

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Frank thanks for the info! It is a hundred times more valuable to me than to you at this point, and I appreciate your sharing, as with all the guys helping me along so far.

Yes the amazon S&G crimpers are on order already:yes: Do you know if these will perform the double crimp on Delphi/Packard style terminals? Where the insulator gets crimped on the connector as well as the conductor? I am looking for a tool that does that and also the little V crimp, where the two crimp tabs meet in a valley in the center. I am not sure if this or something else will be needed.

Is this power probe a good buy? I wouldnt mind investing in it but have no experience with this as of yet. Mostly I just get by with my meter, although I am growing, and so should my tool inventory...Do you have one?
Yes and Yes!....the Tool-Aid crimper I sent the link to will do the double crimp all at once. I personally don't have that brand, but mine are very similar - interchangeable jaws etc....That style is a little difficult to double crinp any wire larger than 10 ga. so I use AAW p/n 500523 on larger wire.....Yes I have a power - probe and if you plan on doing electrical t-shooting this is a great piece. You can power devices from it as well as test for voltage, ground and short circuits.....bought mine used of CL and i'm telling ya its my favorite....I do a lot of automotive harness installs and t-shooting so it gets plenty of use here.

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Yes and Yes!....the Tool-Aid crimper I sent the link to will do the double crimp all at once. I personally don't have that brand, but mine are very similar - interchangeable jaws etc....That style is a little difficult to double crinp any wire larger than 10 ga. so I use AAW p/n 500523 on larger wire.....Yes I have a power - probe and if you plan on doing electrical t-shooting this is a great piece. You can power devices from it as well as test for voltage, ground and short circuits.....bought mine used of CL and i'm telling ya its my favorite....I do a lot of automotive harness installs and t-shooting so it gets plenty of use here.

Frank
I saw that one online too...didnt know if that crimper should be added to my set up...but seeing as you do this a lot, that is exactly what I needed to hear. Experience talking:yes: Ill have to check those out. DO you crimp both at the same time with this one? Or do you have to flip and reset the wire for the other nest? THe pics are always hard to tell!

And ya about that test probe kit, I read up on it a bit, thing looks pretty cool! Ill probably end up ordering one, as I will start to do this more and more often. All the reviews were either 4 or 5 star, more of the 5's!
 

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I saw that one online too...didnt know if that crimper should be added to my set up...but seeing as you do this a lot, that is exactly what I needed to hear. Experience talking:yes: Ill have to check those out. DO you crimp both at the same time with this one? Or do you have to flip and reset the wire for the other nest? THe pics are always hard to tell!

And ya about that test probe kit, I read up on it a bit, thing looks pretty cool! Ill probably end up ordering one, as I will start to do this more and more often. All the reviews were either 4 or 5 star, more of the 5's!
AAW p/n 500523 does not double crimp both sets of tabs together - you must flip and reset.

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AAW p/n 500523 does not double crimp both sets of tabs together - you must flip and reset.

Frank
Thanks Frank. If I can do the crimp I need with the SG Ill stick with that, but I think it may be too wide. I dont mind crimping connections twice:no:
 
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