Rated 3.4 out of 5 by 17
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Roger Great tool to have for RG6 cables
I bought this compression tool for making RG6 cables and It worked great for me. Once set it made my job really easy for making perfect. It is very solid tool with rugged construction. I am happy with the quality of cables that I made with it. The hole in the plunger is big and allows you to use it for RCA cables. Nice tool to have
March 6, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by SJC09 Good universal compression crimper
Easy to use, great build quality.. A bit pricey for what it does, especially if you only have a few crimps to make -- but the flipside is you are not restricted to using a specific brand of connector with it. Makes a solid crimp on the connector, and is adjustable to accomodate whatever connectors you decide to use. Instructions could have been slightly clearer, but otherwise the tool itself is great.
April 14, 2015
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Rich Good Product, Lousy Documentation
One of the other reviewers stated that a novice probably should not be using this type tool. I am a novice at this but would not have had to do so much trial and error had the tool's documentation been at least half-way decent. I experimented with RG6 cable and initially with Ideal's 89-019 F connectors, which have the blue compression sections. These have a diameter too large to fit into the tool's "connector nest", but could be longitudinally forced into the nest when firmly held in place at the entrance to the nest and squeezing the tool's handle. I bought some of Ideal's 92-651 F connectors and they nested just fine. I eventually figured out how to set the tool's adjustment wheel to obtain the necessary compression distance (after giving up on the documentation) and the tool worked just fine. I have not yet tried the tool using RG59 cable and BNC connectors. So, I do agree with the non-novice reviewers that this is a very good tool. However, I knocked off a couple stars due to what I consider to be lousy documentation on its use. I tried to find a video on the use of this tool without success, but reviewing videos on other compression crimpers and connectors was helpful. I wish I had spent the extra bucks and purchased Ideal's Omni Pro XL which needs no adjustment when using their F and BNC connectors.
August 4, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Studiotech Works just fine...
Yes, there are other brand crimpers out there that clamp your cable in place, but there is nothing wrong with these at all. I've used them with numerous different brands of compression connectors and they work fine on all of them once the depth of the plunger is set. I use them several times a week for RG59, RG6 and even RG11. Other bad user reviews are most likely due to user error. If you are a novice, you probably shouldn't be doing this work anyway.
November 19, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Tom3 Works Well and Amazing Build Quality
This compression crimper looks and feels like it was built to last! It’s much heavier than I expected yet small, simple to use and adjust. Years ago I used crimpers for coax and telephone/network cables and this is the sturdiest feeling one I’ve held. If you’ve ever rummaged through your granddad’s toolbox or the hand tool section of an antique store and run across something that looked well built, had interesting moving parts, yet you couldn’t figure out what it was for but you just had to have it… that’s what the VDV211-063 reminded me of when I first picked it up.
I’ve been running coax from some antennas to bring free HDTV signals to some tvs and I’ve been using the screw on F-type connectors which aren’t that great. After a while some of them losened some of them just seemed to degrade the signal so I wanted to terminate the cables better. I also have issues some times with my satellite wiring and don’t want to wait days for someone to come fix it.
To be honest, I didn’t know what a compression connector was when I selected this. I saw “coaxial” and “crimper” and new I needed one. I mean, I’ve seen compression connectors, I just didn’t know what they were. A few years ago I noticed that the satellite guys weren’t using the old hex crimp connectors. Did some reading and it looks like the compression connectors are better than the old hex crimped connectors. They are water tight, more secure and last longer.
The Klein VDV211-063 compression crimper makes it easy to start using compression connectors. I’ve been using the F-type connectors for antennas and televisions but there are also compression connectors for BNC and RCA terminations. Should work with most types of coaxial cable as long as the connector works with the cable and the connector fits in the crimper. For different sized cables you may need to tun the back where the cable rests. There are 3 different settings, each one marked with 1, 2 or 3 dots. On the back of the package it tells you which setting is for which cable/connector combination but it's pretty straight forward. It either fits or it doesn't.
I tried using the weather proof F-connectors that have a rubber boot at the end and they worked fine but require a little more time and care. It’s hard to get the end of the wire in the plunger hole since you can’t really see it so I found it best to screw the plunger in to have room to fit the connector in the tool. Then while the cable/connector is parallel with the base of the tool start unscrewing the plunger to the appropriate length. If you mess around with it too much, like I did when I was first trying, you can wind up tearing the rubber boot. After a couple of practice ones it became easier.
For the standard F-type connectors I used (without the rubber boot) all I had to do was adjust the tool once and didn’t have to worry about it again.
January 28, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by jason7y Easy to use and well built
Solid construction. This tool is well built and seats the RG6 and RG6QS connectors with authority. This tool works fine if you use the proper connector for the cable type you are trying to connectorize.
A downside would be that you have to preset the tool to a particular brand of connector before using it. You will need to be precise to set the seated distance space. This is a minor inconvenience and not a problem if you a working with one type of connector for the duration.
When using this tool, make sure you follow the connector manufacturer instructions for cable strip back specifications and type of cable to connector compatibility. Don't blame the tool for a botched connector to cable assemebly job.
Klein tools; I have a few cutters and lineman pliers, some 20 years old and still on the job.
April 11, 2012
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by JerBear don't waste your money
The tool works fine for what it is. Spend the extra $10 and get the Omniseal Pro XL by a different tool maker. Not all connectors fit this tool well. No clamping system to keep cable in place, only a dial to best fit your cable diameter. The "other brand" is a true universal cable clamping and connector design with no settings except for compression depth. I made the mistake of throwing out the packing materials, now I am stuck with this.
May 22, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Studiotech Do not pay attention to the low ratings, this is a great product
I have used many linear crimpers over the years and with the exception of tools specifically made for one manufactures connectors, these Klein are the best. Lot of options and adjustability, so they work with most brands of linear compression ends. Pay no attention to the 1 star ratings. These people were obviously using them wrong or improperly stripping the cable. Once properly crimped, the connectors will never pull off the end of the cable.
June 12, 2014