|Submited By: John Whiteker on 01/24/2010|
I recently purchased this same kit at Home Depot for the same price. I feel that it s a pretty good value overall. If you re expecting much out of the punchdown tool, then look elsewhere. It s not spring loaded like I d hoped for. It s just a push down tool with a big handle, but it does work and it will cut the wire excess pretty well. The stripping tool works pretty well with a little tweaking. The blade is very sharp and will actually cut into the individual wires if you re not careful, but with a light touch and adjusting the set screw, it works pretty well. The crimper I have been very pleased with. I did an entire network install this week with it and it never failed to leave a good solid crimp. The RJ45 plugs that come with the kit are actually very good quality as well. Neither tool has a great wire cutter for trimming the wires once you have them flattened out, but it will get you by. I chose this kit because of the carry case and the price. The case hinges look a little weak, but for $40.00, I d say this kit is a bargain since many of the other crimpers of similar quality are $40-$75 alone.