Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:more than 1 month
This company has thought of EVERYTHING! There are so many little bits to it that make crimping a breeze. For example, near the handles on the inside there are some blades. Not 1, not 2, but 3 sets. A cutter for cutting cable clean off, a cable for removing the protective outer plastic off Cat5e and smaller one for cutting the plastic to expose the bare copper. This thing is solidly built, feels very heavy duty and is well oiled. Nice smooth operation too!
If you want to run a few leads around your house (or need some patch cables) and dont want to spend nz$20 (US$13) on a 5 metre overpriced premade cable, buy these. They will pay for themselves faster than you know it. They arent too suitable for CAT6 installations, but I dont see many home users needing CAT6- CAT5e is fine for 10/100/1000mbps ethernet.
It takes some practice to get the wires in the plug the right way, but this isn't specific to this cable crimp. But after some practice it's pretty easy actually.
Not a ratchet-type device, though this doesnt surprise me at all. I wouldnt get a ratchet-type crimper for three times the price in new zealand, anyway. Also, I dont see the need for a ratchet crimp on a RJ45 plug. It's needed imo for the stronger types of plugs, like RG6/RG59 etc. Pressing pins into plastic doesnt take much strength.
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