Klein Compact Ratcheting Modular Crimper - Review
Klein has really been stepping up their game lately. It seems like every week we're getting a new press release announcing a new tool or accessory. Most of them are geared toward the electrician but some, like their great line of tool bags, go beyond that into general interest.
In the category of "electrician's only," they recently hit the scene with a new Compact Ratcheting Modular Crimper. They sent us one to check out.
In the past, about 8 years ago, I used a crimper, exactly once. So, I really don't have much business writing a review of one. To get a sense of the tool, I spoke to my brother-in-law who is a bit of a wiring fanatic. He's constantly rewiring his house by himself. He recently had some Verizon guys there to install some stuff and he ended up taking over and doing the work himself.
But back to the crimper. Klein describes it as:
- All inclusive tool cuts, strips and crimps data and voice cables.
- Cuts and strips CAT6, CAT5e, CAT3 and flat-satin voice cables.
- Crimps 6 and 8 position modular connectors (RJ11, RJ12, RJ45)
- Compact, ergonomic design for natural, single-hand operation.
- About 40% smaller than other crimpers for easy storage.
- Heavy-duty ratchet ensures complete termination.
- Quick reference connector wiring diagrams provided on the tool and downloadable to your mobile device.
- Direct lateral crimp action provides more even, precise contact termination across all pins.
Here's what the Bro-in-Law had to say...
"I have a separate toolbox for doing the electrical stuff around the house; rewire / replace plugs, switches etc., add new outlets, put in new / replacement lights etc. If I can find a Klein tool to do the job, I'll buy it. They tend to be expensive but worth the cost in the long run due to their durability and reliability. Making data and phone cables can be a painful process with the wrong crimper tool... I have a non-Klein crimp tool made by IDEAL that has a bit of a problem cutting the wire prior to crimping. I like the quick reference connector wiring diagrams that can be downloaded because I just don't do enough cables to remember the wiring off the top of my head (someone doing it every day would probably not need this feature). And the idea of a smaller crimp tool is great because my box is already stuffed. Cool that it does all the CAT types."
So yeah, there you go...now you know at least a little about the tool...and my brother-in-law...
It's a little over $30 at Amazon
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Posted by Doug Mahoney at January 14, 2014 8:45 AM