Not planning on doing many connections, if the tool see 100 connections I'd be surprised. Just wanted something adjustable so I could use different brand connectors, and RCA's. Was mainly looking to replace current crimp type connectors, and the RG59 in the house with RG6. I don't do many installs, when I do, it's only friends/family with DPP stuff. (Wish bell would get rid of the legacy LNB's and switches, too many runs for nothing)
Is there something better thats reasonably priced (under $70) that would be a little more robust and suit my needs?
I use the Ideal Compression tool that Home Depot sells for 79.98. It does RG-6, Rg-6 Quad shield, and RG-59 compression connectors. It also does RCA compression fittings. I am a hobbiest and it works perfectly for me.
I've seen that before. It's not the fault of the compression tool. They just activates the compression built into the F connector. If the connectors are loose, it's either because the wire end was prepared incorrectly or the wrong size of connector is being used.
I looked at the Paladin online, but it doesn't look like it's adjustable. (Maybe it is??? )
What I'm leaning towards right now is either a Klein VDV211-007 or VDV212-009. I've always had good luck with Klein tools. I just want a decent tool that has flexibility in what type of connectors I can use.
The adjustment is for the ability to use basically anyones compression fittings, as they are not all standard, and to be able to do BNC or RCA fittings as well. I do BNC every now and then for security camera's or monitors.
I have done lots of RCA's with it. I make all my own component cables using RG6 and the Ideal RCA compression fittings that Home Depot sells. The RCA's even come with colored bands that you slip into a groove on the connector to show if it is Red, Green, Blue, etc.
I've been having a hard time to see how the cable & connector seat inside the omniseal tool as all the pic's I can find only show a side view... Does rear seat of the tool support the compression fitting 180 or 360 degrees? Is the silver colored tab/lever on the side for cable retention to kind of hold the connector straight, or is that part of the seat that the connector compresses against?
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