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Terminating coaxial cable just got a little bit easier: the double-ended Paladin 1917 flares the brad of both both common co-ax cable types — RG59 and RG6 — so you don’t have to carry a second tool.  Plus, its ten-dollar price tag pales in comparison to high-buck strippers and crimpers, so there’s no reason not to grab one if you’re doing a lot of coaxial work.

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3 Responses to Flare Two Kinds Of Cable With One Tool: Paladin’s 1917

  1. Simon says:

    Are you saying this replaces stripping and or crimping tools or this just a $10 tool to push the braid up a bit before I slip the connector on?

  2. Clinton says:

    I’m not following what this tool is supposed to do. I install hundreds of BNC connectors a month and have used most of the tools available at one time or another and I keep going back to a razor-blade or simple non-specialized wire strippers to cut the outer jacket and the foam insulation and my ratcheting crimps to secure the connector. If all this does is flare the braid which I assume means that it pushes the shield up and away from the foam I don’t see what the big deal is. I don’t see how fumbling for yet another tool will save me any time in this case over just doing it with my fingers.

  3. All it does is flare the braid, so you’re not scuffing up your thumb with the fresh-cut copper ends of the braid wires. It’s no big deal if you’re only doing a handful of connectors here and there, but when you’re topping 500 per day (not an unreasonable number for a comm tech doing DS3 terminations), your thumb needs all the help it can get. Luckily, RG-59 has essentially the same dimensions as 734 coax.

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