@dekay Any standard wire stripping tool has the crimping feature built in. On the link to the spades, click on the install instructions and you'll see a pair. You use the grove for 10 - 12 AWG. It does not take much pressure to put a solid crimp in these spades. At $5 a pair, order an extra set for trial.
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@carlsbad Re the copper purity, the Banana Plugs are 93% copper but the SP series spades "utilize C11000 100% IACS Copper which are the highest conductivity coppers available for their respective designs". Note sure how much of a difference it makes but I did like the idea of 100% copper.
@bigtwin If you like lugs, then solid copper is definitely the way to go. Many traditional bananas have problems. I've had them come apart on me.
So I use silver plated BFA style "banana" plugs. Those have the added advantage of low mass which is the main thing I have against lugs. This is a bit of a sidetrack on this thread but I don't like a huge mass in the signal path like most binding posts are. I make my own binding posts out of the same high conductivity copper you mention but it is 3/16" tubing pressed into a nylon housing.
@carlsbad My experience with Banana plugs has not been that great. Not keeping a tight fit has been my big complaint. I have liked the locking style Furutech makes and the BFA style looks to be an improvement. Right or wrong, I thought the high-quality copper and conductivity would work. Really amazed they sell these spades for $5 per pair. They are solid and well constructed. Makes you wonder what kind of magic dust goes into the connectors you see for $200 each.
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