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Post  raf1870 on Mon Oct 11, 2010 11:33 am

Hi

I intend to make up some wire traces and want to try making up a few crimped traces.

I understand it is best to buy a special crimping tool to do the job but was wondering are the crimping tools all designed to take universal sizes or are some tools designed just to take their own make of crimp?

I seen a couple of crimps on eBay with varying prices but do they all do the same job or are some better at crimping than others?

Wychwood Crimping Tool

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=110502951753&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT

Crimping Tool

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=320598528655&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT

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Post  greg on Mon Oct 11, 2010 7:08 pm

buy fox crimping plyers, i've not heard any complaints. had mine 4yrs still good.
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Post  Andy Webster on Mon Oct 11, 2010 7:10 pm

a pair of pliers does the job. Use the cutter to put 3 or 4 impressions in the crimp, taking care not to cut through. Save yourself some money too.

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Post  Alex Makk on Mon Oct 11, 2010 8:21 pm

spro crimping pliers for me..... look in review section..
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Post  noodle on Tue Oct 12, 2010 12:13 am

fox are the best of the easily available ones out there
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Post  kell on Tue Oct 12, 2010 5:19 am

fox all the way ? Very Happy
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Post  raf1870 on Tue Oct 12, 2010 9:52 am

The Fox Crimping tools looks like it will do the business.

This might sound like a stupid question but do I have to use Fox Crimps as well or will any crimps fit the jaws of the tool?

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Post  Lefty on Tue Oct 12, 2010 1:02 pm

AFAIK they are pretty much a universal fit.

I have Fox crimps but PredX crimping pliers and have never experienced a problem with them or Drennan crimps either.
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Post  noodle on Tue Oct 12, 2010 1:05 pm

the fox have two sets of jaws for differing crimp sizes
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Post  Lefty on Tue Oct 12, 2010 1:12 pm

noodle wrote:the fox have two sets of jaws for differing crimp sizes

As do the PredX ones. I think this is becoming a standard feature on pliers now as most that you see for sale have the 'double jaws'
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Post  noodle on Tue Oct 12, 2010 3:44 pm

Lefty wrote:
noodle wrote:the fox have two sets of jaws for differing crimp sizes

As do the PredX ones. I think this is becoming a standard feature on pliers now as most that you see for sale have the 'double jaws'

mine dont mind you they are rapala ones Rolling Eyes and cost the best part of 30 quid before the fox ones came out

ive used the fox though and they are good
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Post  raf1870 on Wed Oct 13, 2010 3:00 pm

Bought the Fox crimping tool last night.

So going to make up some traces over the next few days and jazz them up with some fly tying material to see if that acts the same as bait flags.

Fingers crossed I get some luck this weekend.

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Post  Grizzly on Tue Oct 19, 2010 8:32 pm

I used to have crimping pliers but wouldn't know where they are now, I just use a pair of pliers now, crimp half one way then turn it 90 degrees and crimp the other half the other way.
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Post  stubbo on Tue Oct 19, 2010 8:39 pm

the fox type for me mate never had a crimp failure............... Evil or Very Mad
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Post  paddy pike on Wed Oct 20, 2010 8:23 pm

God i must be the only old arris on here as i still spin my wire traces, And never use crimps, But i might give it a go just so i can say i have used them, I dont think the results are any different with either
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Post  Son Of Fire on Wed Oct 20, 2010 8:36 pm

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Post  Andy Webster on Wed Oct 20, 2010 10:39 pm

paddy pike wrote:God i must be the only old arris on here as i still spin my wire traces, And never use crimps, But i might give it a go just so i can say i have used them, I dont think the results are any different with either

I spin all my hook traces too Paddy and I've never used a twiddling stick, its flying forceps all the way for me.

I crimp lure traces though.

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Post  Guest on Wed Oct 20, 2010 10:42 pm

paddy pike wrote:God i must be the only old arris on here as i still spin my wire traces, And never use crimps, But i might give it a go just so i can say i have used them, I dont think the results are any different with either

I still twist all my traces mate, aneal the wire then twist it up with the twiddlin stick. Strong as any crimped trace, with out the extra expense of crimps.

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Post  Lefty on Wed Oct 20, 2010 10:55 pm

paddy pike wrote:God i must be the only old arris on here as i still spin my wire traces, And never use crimps, But i might give it a go just so i can say i have used them, I dont think the results are any different with either

I too prefer to use the twist method. I do have a set of crimping pliers and have indeed used them but all my traces are twisted, bait or lure.

I do, however, use a twiddling stick though after smashing my face with a pair of locking pliers in full flight Embarassed
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Post  paddy pike on Wed Oct 20, 2010 10:57 pm

AndyOBrien. wrote:
paddy pike wrote:God i must be the only old arris on here as i still spin my wire traces, And never use crimps, But i might give it a go just so i can say i have used them, I dont think the results are any different with either

I still twist all my traces mate, aneal the wire then twist it up with the twiddlin stick. Strong as any crimped trace, with out the extra expense of crimps.
HeHe Cant have a luxury like twiddle stick haha but just clip them little surgical forcepts and spin them round, Very Happy
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Post  paddy pike on Wed Oct 20, 2010 10:59 pm

Lefty wrote:
paddy pike wrote:God i must be the only old arris on here as i still spin my wire traces, And never use crimps, But i might give it a go just so i can say i have used them, I dont think the results are any different with either

I too prefer to use the twist method. I do have a set of crimping pliers and have indeed used them but all my traces are twisted, bait or lure.

I do, however, use a twiddling stick though after smashing my face with a pair of locking pliers in full flight Embarassed
Had'nt thought about them coming off the wire lefty, A Twiddle stick it is then Rolling Eyes
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Post  Guest on Wed Oct 20, 2010 10:59 pm

I get a much neater stronger and tighter finish by using a twidlin stick rather than spinning. Each to their own.

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Post  Lefty on Wed Oct 20, 2010 11:02 pm

AndyOBrien. wrote:I get a much neater stronger and tighter finish by using a twidlin stick rather than spinning. Each to their own.

I've noticed that too, Andy.
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Post  paddy pike on Wed Oct 20, 2010 11:35 pm

Just won one on eBay for 2:99, Hope it comes with instructions
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Post  Lefty on Thu Oct 21, 2010 12:03 am

paddy pike wrote:Just won one on eBay for 2:99, Hope it comes with instructions

It's not too difficult really, Paddy. I show how to use it here:

http://www.pikeangler.co.uk/articles/tagging_trace.html

Hope it helps.
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