Greenlee’s new HKL-1232 crimping tool offers up (literally) tons of clamping force — twelve tons to be exact. It’s a manually operated hydraulic crimper sporting a two-speed hydraulic pump that advances rapidly until it contacts the connector, then shifts to a lower speed to complete the crimp. Wiring a main electrical box, or work on an oil rig? This is for you. For the rest of us, it’s just freakin’ cool.
It’s easy to use, too: just pump the handles until the relief valve located near the jaws pops open and indicates the crimp is complete. Then to retract the ram, simply twist and close the movable handle. The C-shaped head features a wide 1.3″ opening that fits easily over connectors, and the entire head rotates 180-degrees to cram into tight places.
It accepts all industry-standard U-style or shell-type dies designed for twelve-ton crimping tools, so no special Greenlee adaptors are needed. That’s pretty thoughtful, considering you’re already wallet-light to the tune of around $1,300 after your initial buy-in.