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5.0 out of 5 stars
This tool is excellent, 30 Nov 2013
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Perhaps like most people, running and fixing satellite and other low-voltage cable
involves using ugly little plastic clips and a hammer and for me the task always results
in bashed fingers and thumbs.
This cable tacker really is a professional's tool. It's made from steel and is quite
heavy (around 900 grams). I used the tacker to fix around 30 metres of satellite
cable; no bashed digits, no ugly clips and a really neat job.
The gun is able to use two sizes of staple and it's very easy to load. I had a practise
on an off-cut of cable first. It's simple to use; the tip of the tacker is shaped to
accommodate the cable and there's another guide further along the base so aligning
the gun with the cable is a doddle.
The driving force of the tacker can be adjusted to ensure the staples do not kink the
cable. Forced too tightly over the cable, the staples will crush the foam jacket inside
Out of interest I did a bit of research regarding the spacing of the staples and to
summarise, this is what I found:
On vertical runs, fix from the top down and remember to clip before and after bends
(never bend cable around a radius smaller than 75mm).
Interestingly (for me anyway) one source of advice suggested not to space staples
evenly. Apparently any type of fastener will squash the cable slightly and when coaxial
cable is deformed, it reflects portions of the signal toward the source. If the deformed
sections are evenly spaced, the reflections become rhythmic, which can cause double
imaging. On satellite cable, the reflections can interfere with the quality of the signal.
The advice goes on to say that uneven spacing between the staples will prevent
So how far apart should one space staples? The answer seems to be as far as possible
using only as many staples as needed to hold the cable in place.
As mentioned earlier, the Tacwise cable tacker enabled me to complete a really neat job.
For the price I'd say it's really good value for money and no doubt I will find other uses
for it; definitely recommended.