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Myself writes: “Got no use for the ‘blasting cap crimper’ in the jaws of your multi-tool? Spend more time in communications closets?  Try the 66 and 110 punchdown blades in the PowerPlay.  It also sports a drywall saw, real wire strippers, spudger tip, and all the screwdrivery and pliery goodness you’d expect from a multi-tool.”

Man, I could totally have used this when I was running around an office pulling cable.  It looks like Paladin’s got some seriously cool tools for the communications infrstructure set.

Most street pricing is around $100, but as of this moment, SHOP.COM’s offering it for $57.

The PowerPlay [Paladin]
Street Pricing [Froogle]


4 Responses to Reader Find: The Paladin PowerPlay

  1. Myself says:

    A friend of mine got this for Christmas, and I got to play with it for a few minutes last night. It looks seriously well constructed, and I didn’t come across any obvious misfeatures. Obviously the punch blades don’t have an impact mechanism behind them so you wouldn’t want to use them for mass termination, but for the occasional jack or closet work, it beats toting a D814 everywhere.

    It should be pointed out, and I forgot to mention this in the writeup, that the tool is of course conductive. Not that the plastic-body impact tools were *designed* for use on live circuits, but if a phone rang while you were punching it, you’d be spared the jolt. Not the case with the PowerPlay, of course!

  2. Chuck Cage says:

    I’m embarassed to say that I learned the 80V lesson the hard way…

  3. kythri says:

    This thing is amazing.

    As a Systems Administrator and Network/Telecom tech for the last decade, this thing would have been invaluable.

    I can’t count the number of times that I left my punchdown tool somewhere (or someone walked off with it), and had to improvise, or waste time wandering back to my office to locate it.

    The utility of this thing, coupled with the fact that it’s being built by SOG, and I’m sold.

    I’ve been a SOG dealer for the past couple of years, and their product is just amazing.

    I’m going to have to look into becoming a Paladin dealer, as well.

  4. kythri says:

    One thing to note, regarding the pricing mentioned in the post above – the $100-ish pricing is for the PT-525 model, whereas the $57-ish pricing is for the PT-510 model (erroneously listed on Froogle, and other locations, as PT-150).

    The PT-510 does not have the 66-block punchdown tool that the PT-525 has, and is missing a couple other features, as well.

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