A quality coax crimper is an essential tool for all cable TV installers, CCTV technicians, and any other low voltage professional. A good crimp tool, along with high quality crimp-on fittings, ensures reliable and long lasting coax connections.
There are a wide range of coax crimper tools available. They range from the very cheap to surprisingly expensive. Choosing the right coax crimper tool is all about knowing how it will be used.
If crimping an F connector is a common daily activity, it is worth paying a little more for a well built crimp tool. It will last a lot longer, and it will be much easier on your hands during heavy use. If however, you only use a coax crimper occasionally, it may make sense to spend a little less. Either way, below are three of the top models available. Of course there are many more crimp tools available, but these three are very popular and have proven themselves over the years to be reliable and easy to use.
Coax Crimper – Top ChoicesThe DataShark Compression Bundle is one of the most popular coax crimper kits on the market. It’s relatively inexpensive, solidly built, and comes in a convenient kit that includes a coax stripper and a radial crimp tool for lower quality connectors.
The compression crimper is designed to work with standard F-connectors, and is constructed of stainless steel for rust resistance. Both the stripper and crimper work with both RG-59 and RG6 coax cables.
The only downside is the slightly uncomfortable handle, but you’ll only notice it if you use it for very extended periods of time e.g. if you were a professional. See Product Features… Klein Tools is a widely respected brand, and the quality is consistent with their other products. The Klein Tools VDV211 Compression Crimper is a compact compression coax crimper that crimps multiple connector types.
It’s sold by itself, so it’s less expensive than the DataShark kit, but it is a higher quality tool. This would be a great choice for audiovisual professionals, since it crimps F connectors, RCA connectors, and BNC connectors. The combination of versatility, quality and price make this a great tool. See Product Features… For the serious low voltage technician, it would be tough to beat the Paladin Tools 8045 RG6/RG6Q and Cat5 Cat6 CrimpALL Crimper. Paladin is another well respected brand of electrical and low voltage tools, and this multifunction crimp tool is one of the best on the market.
In addition to a top of the line coax tool that works with multiple cable sizes and connector types, it also sports a fully featured cat5/cat6 termination tool for RJ45 and RJ11 connectors. See Product Features…