wire & cable

2017

Knipex 5" Electronic Super Knips

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Electronic nips are ubiquitous, and most of them leave a lot to be desired - poor material quality, poor ergonomics, and mediocre pivot design. The Knipex 78-41-125 5" Electronic Super Knips are an excellent upgrade.

They feature a stable hinge for precisely aligned blades, excellent build quality, and Kipex’s characteristic ergonomic shape. They also have a convenient lead catcher which prevents cuttings from flying into your eyes, and are available in a range of cutting styles and handle materials.

2017

Platinum Tools EZ-RJPRO Crimp Tool

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You haven’t lived until you’ve crimped your own ethernet cables. The Platinum Tools 100054C Clamshell EZ-RJPRO HD Crimp Tool makes easy work of RJ45 connectors, allowing you to crimp Cat5 & Cat6 cables in a single, extremely satisfying motion.

The ability to make your own network cables is totally liberating; it unlocks the world of IT work in ways you’d never expect. But RJ45 connectors can be tough to work with - something that this Platinum Tools crimper deals with by allowing for pass-through connections. The RJ45 connector is installed at the same time that the conductors are trimmed, and the entire action occurs in a ratcheting motion that’s both smooth and permanent.

The Platinum Tools 100054C also includes a built-in wire cutter and jacket stripper - plus a pinout diagram for the inevitable head-scratching that comes with infrequent IT work.