Defenitely recommend to any one who wants to do small cable installations around the home. For the first couple of connectors, It needs a little bit of practice adjusting the position. After that it was easy.
If you are going to be installing F type connectors AND RCA ends, this is the one you want. Very versatile tool and very good quality. It's a little more (only about $6) than 3357 but it's way less than local store. Do not get the 3357 tool if you are going to be doing RCA ends. I made that mistake and ended up wasting $20.
Works great with SNS F connectors. Also works great with RCA and BNC compression connectors. This is a very professional ratcheting tool that can be used on a large install without hand fatigue. This tool is an incredible bargain.
It took some getting used to for me to get the technique down for using this, but I had messed up several coaxial connectors using a cheaper tool. Once you know what you're doing with this tool, you'll almost never foul up a connector. I highly recommend this - and an additional pack of connectors at first to "practice" on!
PROS: Really the only way to go for coax installation cheaper tools just don't cut it
CONS: Takes some getting used to, and maybe some pliers to open once in a while
Great tool, and it does everything it said to do. Very easy to switch between connectors (F/RCA/BNC/KeystoneRCA), with accompanying adaptors. These adaptors neatly screw on to the body, preventing loss.
The only reason for a 9-rating is that the locking mechanism isn't as effective. It often opens up by itself. A hook or latch would've made it simpler. More of a nitpick though, as it does not affect tools effectiveness. Great tool!
I bought this to use with monoprices blue quad connectors (#2978) and it creates very tight reliable connections. Im sure these work with nearly any standard compression connectors, since its adjustable for the height of the connector. The actual compression isnt rocket science, it simply presses the small ring on the bottom of the connector up into the connector, pinching the outer part of the cable tight. Its more important to use the right connector with the right cable, such as quad connectors (rf-6) with quad shield cable etc., and to use a good stripper that will strip the layers of the cable to appropriate respective lengths for the cable and connectors youre using.
Never having used a compression tool before, you simply push the connector onto the cable all the way, and make sure you hold the cable in place while compressing or it may slip out a little and the connector will compress without the cable pinched inside. I wasted a couple connectors at the outset, but its easy to get the hang of it.
A solid, relatively simple tool that compared quite favorably to the one my local cable installer was using. The installer had a hard time believing me when I told him what I paid for it after trying it out himself. We couldn't tell the difference between the connectors installed with his expensive name brand tool and this one from Monoprice, visually or by checking with his test meter.
I found the adjustable nature of this tool to be incredibly valuable as I've been using a variety of manufacturer's connectors (Monoprice, PPC, and no-name from the local electric store) between my place, my family's, and my girlfriend's - it's worked great with every fitting I've tried thus far. I'm very satisfied with this Monoprice product!