I think the Paladin dies will only work with Paladin handles. The 1302 (non-ratcheting) handle is available as low as $30 online and the 8000 (ratcheting) is available as los as $41 online. Awhile back there were some sprint labeled OEM 8000 handles available for $20 each when you bought a die with it, but those deals seem to be all gone. I'm glad I got mine then, but $30 or $40 is MUCH better than paying the insane prices for Canare tools, especially if you're only doing a few batches of cables.
You've been using a PE handle w/ a paladin die? Or a PE handle w/ a canare die? I know the canare dies can be made to fit the PE handle, but I thought the paladin handles used a different form factor die. Now that I look at the PE handle it appears that they use a similar form factor and the sizes might very well match up. If you have a cheapo wire stripper/crimper that can crimp your center pin for you (0.052" works very well) then you could use either of the $8.50 PE hex cripm dies to do your bottom boot crimp (0.324") and save even more money. The paladin 2649 die has the proper center pin size and bottom boot size on the same die, but costs around $35.
Yep, a Paladin die with a 20 dollar Parts Express handle. You need to adjust the squeeze just a bit. Just remove the little screw toward the jaw of the handle and move the adjuster a couple of notches.
I didn't come up with this. I found it on another site.
This is copied and pasted from another post I made on another site..
If i had it to do over again i would have got one of the PE handle, one of the PE hex dies for the lower boot crimp and use a cheapo wire stripper/crimper for the center pin. This would give all the propper crimping tools for around $30.