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4.2 out of 5 stars
RJ45 CRIMPER TOOLS
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50 of 50 people found the following review helpful
on 17 September 2011
We all love crimping, whether it be in dance form, pie toppings or RJ45 and RJ11 plug crimping. This handy tool is so cheap you won't believe it's any good but you'll be pleasantly surprised to find it's quite well built, will crimp RJ45 plugs, RJ11 4pin and RJ11 6 pin - so that's 3 individual crimpers built into one tool, plus the cable stripper blade (also known as the finger tip remover/ nail clipper for the clumsy amongst you)

Next in the pack is the mysterious little yellow thingy - it's a cable cutter (insert cable, squeeze the lever down and rotate the cable to cut the outer shielding... it's also a punch tool to insert cables into phone sockets or network sockets.... would get you out of trouble but by a proper KRONE puncher for serious jobs.

Finally, it was delivered super fast, next working day delivery.

How any profit is made selling this tool for a couple of pounds is a mystery but I for one whole heartedly recommend this for your occasional networking needs.....

EDIT: reading other reviews, it seems some people are cutting off the tips of their fingers due to the built in cutting tool, I haven't suffered this problem but I'd suggest you remove the cutter if you feel you might chop off your fingertips with this tool (unscrew the blade and voilà or wallah for those that insist on idiocy)

Also I've found a few RJ45 plugs I had didn't crimp correctly as they were slightly different in design to my others, it seems some have a slightly different moulding and this tool (along with my other £30 RJ crimp tool) mashed up the crimp connectors - not sure why these plugs are made differerntly but they were and certainly not suitable so if you have problems carefully eye up the plug against the crimp mechanism and see if they align or not, as the case may be. This was a plug design problem rather than a crimp problem as far as I can tell.

Still rate this 5 stars would rate 10 stars for the fingertip removal feature (very comedic for us that haven't had this happen yet)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
It does the job, and contains all the elements one needs to fit an RJ9, RJ11 or RJ45 plug to the end of a cable. But one element, the cable cutter, is unsafe to use.

. Cable cutter. DANGEROUS, can easily slice finger tips. I have removed this blade, and use a separate wire cutter.
. Sheath stripper. This works very well on standard UTP CAT5 cable without damaging the insulation of the inner wires.
. Crimper. It works well fitting the cable in the plug, and the plug feels secure afterwards. This is much better than a previous crimper tool I had. The main problem is the fiddle of feeding all the individual wires into the correct holes in the plug before crimping. When I wrote this, the Wiki for 'Modular Connector' had a nice picture showing the correct sequence for both T568A and T568B wiring.

It seems tough enough for regular use, but I'm only keeping it, and a stock of plugs, as a back-up for when I don't have time to buy ready-made RJ45 leads (which are usually cheaper than DIY!) I've only used it for the RJ45 connectors, but have to assume that the other two sizes will work equally well since they are in the same family.

It can cope with 4pin RJ9 and 6pin RJ11 connectors as well as the 8pin RJ45, and has a flat-cable stripper for the RJ9 and RJ11 and a round-cable stripper for the CAT5 RJ45 connectors. See also in the Wiki for 'Modular Connector' for more info on the 4P4C (RJ9), 6P6C (RJ11), 8P8C (RJ45) connectors that this tool is designed for, and the wiring conventions relevant to them.

There is also a flimsy tool for pushing CAT5 wires into wall socket IDC tines. Again I prefer to use my home-made tool, it fits better; a small screw-driver modified by a fine-bladed junior hacksaw to make a slot diagonally across the tip, finished off by suitably dressing it with a file.

The potentially dangerous cutter blade is why it loses a star.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 26 May 2011
A surprisingly solid item for the price. I have only used it for a few RJ11 connectors but it worked very well and gives every sign of continuing to do so.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 9 April 2012
This tool works perfectly for all the Ethernet cables I've crimped (I've not tried crimping anything other than Ethernet). The cable is held within the tool securely in position while you're crimping and I've not had any dud cables so it seems to work every time. The cable cutter on the crimper is very sharp and located near the handle so I have been a little nervous of getting a finger caught in there but that hasn't happened yet. There's also a really useful little jacket scoring tool which is similar to the cable cutter but fits cables neatly into it such that it only scores the jacket and doesn't go all the way through the cable. As for the little yellow tool supplied with it - I've found no use for that yet.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 12 October 2011
I have now used this 3 times with no problems. Seems to be well made and very strong. Weather or not this will still be working as it should over the coming months time will only tell. I checked the cable after crimping 2 RJ45 to Cat5 cable with a tester and all checked out perfectly and I have a good connection. Recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 7 February 2013
This worked fine for me and allowed me to create customised cables for my home network. It is quite simple to use togetjer with the connectors and boots. Agree with other posters that the wire cutter is too exposed and needs care (hence 4*). If you haven't used one before inserting the wires in the plug is amazingly simple - you don't need to bare the wires ... just cut to length, slide into the plug (lined up in the right sequence) and they magically slide into the correct slots. A quick crimp and you're done.,
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 20 April 2013
When I got the inferior substituted tool, I emailed the supplier saying that I would allow a week to get the real one before reviewing accordingly; that week expired yesterday. I need the advertised tool to wire-in a CPR Call Blocker, which uses RJ11 plugs for each of two phone lines. The advertised tool will crimp these as well as RJ45 plugs but the tool sent to me will not.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 25 October 2012
I'll keep this short and to the point

It doesn't crimp RJ45 connections, it crushes them.
It leaves a big gash in your finger the first time you forget about the exposed blade when you pick it up.

Do not bother, thinking it's worth the gamble for the price, just get something for around £20 that will really do the job and not leave you spraying blood over the worktop.

1 star is too many.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 15 June 2012
I don't really know how you can argue with these crimpers for the price. I am astonished how they can offer these with postage at that pricepoint.

They crimp 4,6 and 8 pin terminations. They also come with a cheap and cheerful (get me out of trouble) punchdown tool.

My only criticism would be that the blade for chopping the cable is exposed at the top of the handle and I did going to pick these up to use cut myself on it.
I will be more careful but other than that great product.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 September 2012
You can't fault this for value. I had a single patch cord I needed to remake to an exact size. I pushed each contact down with a screwdriver - it worked but was fiddly. At the price decided it was worth buying the tool for next time. The compression part works well* (see later) but I find the cutters too fiddly and will use my hand-stripping tools. In fact the cutter safety worries me, I'm going to remove it - easily done.

* at least one post has mentioned misalignment of the "teeth". On my tool there is evidence of a tolerance issue, by the time the end connection is reached the end tooth was "nearly" missing. Given the price I have eased out the end tooth with a screwdriver and "improved" the alignment.

For occasional use definitely worth the money. Wouldn't recommend it for professional use.

A few more comments to illustrate the overall "cheapness". The stuck-on product label on the packaging says "cirmping" tool. The packaging says "mudular" connector. It also says "MADE IN CHINA". That at least is probably accurate.
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