Rated 3.4 out of 5Â by 16
Rated 5 out of 5Â 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 5 out of 5Â by Tom3 Works Well and Amazing Build Quality
This compression crimper looks and feels like it was built to last! Itâs 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 Iâve held. If youâve ever rummaged through your granddadâs toolbox or the hand tool section of an antique store and run across something that looked well built, had interesting moving parts, yet you couldnât figure out what it was for but you just had to have itâ¦ thatâs what the VDV211-063 reminded me of when I first picked it up.
Iâve been running coax from some antennas to bring free HDTV signals to some tvs and Iâve been using the screw on F-type connectors which arenât 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 donât want to wait days for someone to come fix it.
To be honest, I didnât know what a compression connector was when I selected this. I saw âcoaxialâ and âcrimperâ and new I needed one. I mean, Iâve seen compression connectors, I just didnât know what they were. A few years ago I noticed that the satellite guys werenât 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. Iâve 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. Itâs hard to get the end of the wire in the plunger hole since you canât 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 didnât have to worry about it again.
January 28, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5Â 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 out of 5Â 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 out of 5Â 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