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Metra Crimp Tool Set

Package contains light-duty crimp tool and 20 crimp caps

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by Buck Pomerantz

This useful set includes a crimp tool and 20 crimp caps. The tool strips and crimps from 10- to 22-gauge wire, and it's ideal for connecting a Crutchfield wiring harness to your new car stereo. Warranty: 30 days.

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What's in the box?

  • Crimp/stripper tool
  • 20 Crimp-caps

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Overview: The Install Bay IBCVRKT Crimp Kit includes ones light-duty crimp/stripper tool and 20 crimp caps. The crimp/stripper tool provides four installs applications.

  • Wire stripper section for 10-22 gauge wire
  • Wire cutter section
  • Ignition terminal crimp section
  • Wire crimp section for 10-22 gauge wire
 
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2 out of 5

Metra Crimp Tool Set

Written By CharlesD, Monetery Ca on Sunday, June 08, 2014
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I guess it gets the job done. However, the plastic handle cover on the left side came off. Also, it not easy to open and shut
Pros:
gets the job done
Cons:
Hard to open, plastic handle fell off
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3 out of 5

Crimp toolSet

Written By donb, Carmel, CA on Friday, May 16, 2014
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Got the job done just fine, and did exactly what I needed it for. It is not the highest quality, which is predictable based on the price. The tool was a bit stiff opening and closing the jaws, but crimps appeared secure.
Pros:
Does what it was meant to
Cons:
Stiff operartion
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4 out of 5

Easy to use (esp. after WD-40)

Written By AlexC, San Antonio on Sunday, May 11, 2014
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As others have noted, opening and closing the tool requires a bit of force. I followed the suggestion others made and used a bit of WD-40 to the tool's rivets, which made it much easier to use. The yellow plastic on the handles isn't the best but I was fine with it since I'm not using this tool all the time.
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4 out of 5

Keep your Crimp hand strong!

Written By eROCK, Chicago, IL on Friday, May 09, 2014
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This tool does what it says. It has a wire stripper that works fine, and a crimper that crimps fine. This tool came with a set of 20 or so Crimp caps. Just enough for your basic install. All of the other reviews here are correct. The handles are very stiff, and you have to use both hands to pull them apart. I'm sure over time it will loosen up.
Pros:
Works as advertised.
Cons:
Difficult to pull the handles apart.
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3 out of 5

You get what you pay for but does the job

Written By LarryR, Columbus, OH on Saturday, April 26, 2014
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It got the job done but like many other comments here, is a bit "sticky".
Pros:
Price.
Cons:
Hard to open/close.
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4 out of 5

Metra Crimp Tool Set

Written By frank m, derry nh on Sunday, February 23, 2014
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stiff to move
Pros:
easy to read the numbers
Cons:
stiff to move
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3 out of 5

Too tight

Written By JVH, Santa Monica, CA on Tuesday, February 11, 2014
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The crimper itself is either excessively painted (black) or is too tight, unmovable with one hand. You have to use both hands to practically pry the crimper open.
Pros:
crimps well, if you have the hand strength
Cons:
Not fluid, especially for when needing to use one hand on wires and one hand one crimper.
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4 out of 5

Good product

Written By Tommy, Jarrettsville,MD on Monday, December 09, 2013
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Crimp Tool worded fine, but was very stiff.
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3 out of 5

Works OK... not great

Written By ntilekt, Phoenix, AZ on Monday, December 09, 2013
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You get what you pay for with these. As others have stated they are a pain to open and close. Requires a lot of extra effort. That being said, once you get past that, they do the job fairly well. I've only used them for cutting and stripping insulation, and haven't had any issues doing either.
Pros:
- Cheap enough that you won't be upset if you lose it... or throw it away. - Does what it is supposed to
Cons:
- nearly impossible to open/close - cheap construction
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4 out of 5

Metra Crimp Tool set

Written By John, Fort Smith, AR on Friday, December 06, 2013
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Purchased these to install a stereo in my sons truck. The wire connectors that came with the tool worked very well and the crimp tool did not give any problems
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2 out of 5

Very Cheap Tool

Written By JonF, Barrington on Thursday, July 25, 2013
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The crimp tool required some pulling and tugging both ways (to open and clamp). Pain in the buns when trying to put a radio in.
Pros:
Crimp caps
Cons:
Crimp tool
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1 out of 5

Metra Crimp Tool Set

Written By JimJ, Lancaster, CA on Thursday, May 30, 2013
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Can't open with one hand, need to use two hands to re-open after cutting, crimping etc. Only cost $ so not worth trying to return. You get what you pay for. My Crutchfield experience was good, I only blame them for selling low quality tools.
Pros:
None
Cons:
Low quality.
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3 out of 5

Metra Crimp Tool Set

Written By Anonymous, Washington, DC on Saturday, April 27, 2013
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Its an okay crimping tool
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5 out of 5

Crimping tool.

Written By Manny, Brooklyn, NY on Thursday, January 03, 2013
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I never used a crimper and didn't realize how easy it was. I give a lot of credit to everyone at Crutchfield for walking me through the steps. I'm looking forward for future installs.
Pros:
EASY!
Cons:
None.
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1 out of 5

Cheap made Crimp tool

Written By Anonymous, usa on Sunday, October 21, 2012
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This crimping tool is a waste of money, spend a few more dollars and get GOOD quality
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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2 out of 5

Metra Crimp Tool Set

Written By Anonymous, APO Germany on Saturday, October 20, 2012
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Useful tool but I ended up soldering the wires. Wasn't confident the crimps would stay in place.
Pros:
you get enough crimps to do the job
Cons:
crimp tool was very hard to operate, use WD40 and work it in prior to use
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Does the job

Written By Matt C., West Memphis, AR on Wednesday, September 12, 2012
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Tool wasn't the greatest, but it does the job. You have to PULL it to the open position and use your man strength to clamp the connections.
Pros:
Does the job Strips jacket off of wire without tearing copper threads It was free I didn't have ANY bad connections
Cons:
I did it all without thinking about it, but you might be better off than I was if you hit the joints with wd-40 and loosen it up a bit.
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5 out of 5

Works fine

Written By HondoS, Baltimore, MD on Tuesday, September 04, 2012
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Works fine.
Pros:
Got the job done with relative ease. Arrived in the same delivery box as the radio.
Cons:
Handles should be a little wider so they don't bruise your palms when squeezing. However, it's acceptable to install a radio.
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4 out of 5

Reasonably priced, gets the job done

Written By Anonymous, Altoona IA on Wednesday, August 29, 2012
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It takes the jacket off wires well, and crimps the crimp caps perfectly. My only complaint is that it is ultra stiff to use.
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4 out of 5

Works ok

Written By Pilot06-Accord01, Antioch, CA on Thursday, August 02, 2012
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Replaced factory radio in 2001 Honda Accord with Pioneer DEH-6400BT and added USA-Spec BT35-HON and PA15-HON2 to factory radio of 2006 Honda Pilot (see my reviews). This tool is ok for price, used it wire stripping and crimping, and got the job done. Very stiff, I assume by design.
Pros:
Price
Cons:
Very stiff
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4 out of 5

Crimp Tool Set

Written By RCGz, Dallas, TX on Wednesday, July 11, 2012
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Worked well for splicing wires together. Would've given 5 stars if tool was easier to use. It was tough to open and close. Joint probably needed some lubricant. Caps were perfect for the job!
Pros:
Caps included.
Cons:
Tough to open and close crimper.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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2 out of 5

Metra Crimp Tool Set

Written By MissNikki, Knoxville, TN on Wednesday, January 11, 2012
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I bought this set for my first headunit install. I spent about 20 minutes using this to connect my wires. The crimp tool was stiff, and took two hands to open for each crimp or cut. It was very hard to get a good crimp because the narrow handles really hurt my hands when I pressed down. I woke up the next morning with a bruise on my palm, and a sore hand. I think I will go to a local store and spend a little more on a tool with better handles. The crimp caps worked just fine, and I had plenty left over for any mistakes or future projects.
Pros:
Crimp Caps
Cons:
Crimp tool
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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2 out of 5

Crimpers not that great

Written By T W, Naples, FL on Sunday, September 18, 2011
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The little crimpers were good, but this tool was stiff and cheap. It took two hands to open it and was not that great to work.
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5 out of 5

Metra Crimp Tool Set

Written By thumper, wv on Friday, September 16, 2011
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Out of the box, this thing is tight...that's a good thing. loosens nicely with repeated use.
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5 out of 5

Basic

Written By ryan, buffalo, ny on Wednesday, August 10, 2011
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its a cheap basic set, its made for like 2 or 3 uses. but it does the job and for the price you cant get much better
1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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