Hi Guys, New to the forum. Recently started playing around with Arduino after building my own RepRap 3d Printer. Together with a few friends we have been planning to open a Makerspace and I have a question about crimping tools for 0.1" wire. For my 3d printer I had to resort to soldering and shaping connectors with pliers. For many of the components that I bought I found the wiring to be very shoddily crimped. I've been told that soldering crimp pins is reliable But I found it time consuming, easy to overfill with solder, and difficult to shape crimp pins to fit snuggly/correctly in the housing.
We plan on setting up a 3d Printing lab of sorts with 10-15 printers and also helping others build their own. So I feel it would be beneficial to invest in a good crimping tool for the space. After looking around I have found tools specifically for 0.1" wire can vary from $20 up to $1000. The $100 tool I have is very disappointing and looking through RS catalogue there are literally 1000's of different types of PCB connectors that require different tools. We are willing to shell out the money for a good tool and I was wondering if you guys could tell me what tool would be suggested. Also, any other considerations we should take into account for the different 0.1" contact types. The tool will need to be: *Robust *Preferably Ratcheted *For wiring in Prusa RepRap (and similar) 3d pinter wires (planning on using a Ramps/Mega setup) *Also planning to run many other Arduino Mega/Uno etc. based projects. So can be used for those. *Accessable in Australia. *Not $1000 would be nice *I think most of my wiring was stranded but I'm sure solid core will come up.
What are your favourite contact type/most common? Is there a list of comparisons somewhere out there or a something outlining how to chose the correct contact type? Your help would be highly appreciated.