Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:1 day to 1 week
Impressive build quality
A little larger than I expected; punchdown tool not much better than the ones that come with keystone jacks.
I was VERY surprised by the build quality of these tools. Looking at the images I expected some cheap and flexible plastic that I could snap with my hand, but it turns out they are exceptionally well made. I have bought "real" tools that didn't feel as solid as these little things.
The wire stripper works very very well. Simply slide the wire into the appropriate indent along the arm and spin the tool around the wire. A few spins, and you can pull the jacket right off. I have stripped a few CAT 5 cables with one already, and it hasn't nicked the wires once (which is a better average than I have with my professional strippers).
While the strippers were great, the punchdown tool is not a whole lot better than the disposable ones you will get when you buy a keystone jack. Of course, this is really not for professional use in the first place; and is better suited for the hobbyist or emergency repair kit, so I can't knock it too hard.
If you are planning a simple wiring project, pick up this three pack instead of putting $20+ down on a tool you really don't need.
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