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Model # KH538

Internet # 202939733

Lug/Cable Crimping Tool

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$18.80 /each




Model # KH538

Internet # 202939733

The KH538 has a durable spring-loaded mechanism that holds terminals and lugs in place. Delivers 1400-1800 lbs. (635-815 kg) pull-out resistance (terminal to cable). Deep throat for easy insertion of terminal/lug fitted on cable end. Wide base for stability - excellent for welding to a bumper of fleet service truck or for bolting to a bench.

  • Heavy duty construction
  • Double slide support for rigidity
  • Extra clearance for flanged odd configuration terminals
  • Easy to read scale on sides of punch prevents under-crimping
  • Easy -to-read scale on sides of punch prevents under crimping
  • Wide base for stability - excellent for welding to a bumper of fleet service truck or for bolting to a bench


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Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty 
90 days 


Rated 5.0 out of 5 by 9 reviewers.
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Capable and well made You can permanently affix this one. I like that the spring provides tension to the lug. Works well. July 7, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Low Cost, Sturdy, Works Well! I used this to crimp terminal ends to several 2AWG battery cables. For several, I used this tool in a bench vice. For a couple others, I used a hammer and struck the top of the tool. The tool dealt with the punishment well, and made a nice clean, sturdy crimp. No complaints! This isn't a tool I will use often, but I imagine it will provide many years of on-and-off use. February 19, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Easy to use and works well. I recently bought a Lincoln Welding cable crimping tool from Home Depot. It's a simple tool to use and it enabled me to easily crimp lugs onto 1/0 battery cable for my 2.5 ton Army truck. The resulting cables were able to handle the 1,700 cold cranking amps at 24 volts my batteries can deliver. An inexpensive tool that works great! October 4, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by If you love your fingers.... This tool is practical and simple to use; it looks cheap (being made in China), but does what you want it to do. I like the way it holds the lug so you don't have to worry about it moving when you wind up to hammer away. October 29, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Does the job This was a site to store purchase. The crimper arrived in a timly manner and in good condition. This rugged tool performs well and will probably last a long time. I should have purchased one sooner. August 26, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by good tool great tool for the price, with shipping home depot was the best price i found August 27, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Fab tool. If you don't want to spend $400 bucks on a crimping tool, get this one. April 30, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Excellnt Product excellent, got the job done purpose for my audio connections December 4, 2012
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