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Someone lifted my bag of network tools from my office while we were in the process of upgrading our CCTV to an IP Camera system. I think I know who did it, but that's not the point of this thread.

All my network tools were previously an assortment of no-name junk. I pretty much need a whole new set of tools: crimpers, scissors, rg6 stripper, etc.

What brands do you guys recommend?
 

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crimp and strip cat5/6: ideal
crimp and strip coax: ideal
scissors: harris/fluke or knipex
punch down tool: harris/fluke
network test equipment: fluke
 

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I'm like you, all random junk I buy as I need things. It's data, unless you do a trudload of data work, any cheap tools will get the job done.
 

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I'm like you, all random junk I buy as I need things. It's data, unless you do a trudload of data work, any cheap tools will get the job done.
It seems like I have practically become a dedicated low voltage electrician with all the network stuff they have been having me do lately.
 

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Ah, then yeah, probably worth it to buy the good stuff.

For cheap guys, buy knockoff stuff from China off EBay. You can get a $20-30 tool for $2-3.
 

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Someone lifted my bag of network tools from my office while we were in the process of upgrading our CCTV to an IP Camera system. I think I know who did it, but that's not the point of this thread.

All my network tools were previously an assortment of no-name junk. I pretty much need a whole new set of tools: crimpers, scissors, rg6 stripper, etc.

What brands do you guys recommend?
Really sorry to here that man, I hope the man's roof caves in on Christmas Day for that guy. IT IS NOTHING SHORT OF STEALING A PERSON'S LIVELY HOOD.
 

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Really sorry to here that man, I hope the man's roof caves in on Christmas Day for that guy. IT IS NOTHING SHORT OF STEALING A PERSON'S LIVELY HOOD.
I wouldn't wish that on anyone, most of them were picked up on the company's dime, but I miss the no-name 8P8C crimper I had. I will probably run to home depot tonight and buy what I need until I can go and track down some nicer tools. I am partial to Klein and Ideal tools, just wanted to see what people thought of different brand qualities.
 

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Let me look through my tools, and see what I have extras of.

As for low voltage tools, the best punchdowns are the yellow and blue att ones. Get it off ebay, they are cheap.

For crimpers, IDEAL, or paladin. The new Klein stuff is actually really good too, and easily available.

They also make my favorite compression tool. It does it all! From 59/6/11, and quad shield.
 
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