As others have mentioned, this cable stripper works great after it is adjusted. I bought this stripper to prepare Monoprices RG-6 Quad Shield cable for compression connectors. I needed to make the following adjustments for the correct preparation, using Digicons guide as a reference http://www.arrisistore.com/digicon/Digicon-F-Connector-Installation-Guide.pdf
1. Take tool apart by pushing large middle pin out with included allen wrench (attached to back handle of stripper) 2. Push small pin out at end of tool to free the blades. Its very tight! 3. Screw down the allen bolts clockwise until they fall out. 4. Switch the positions of the 3rd blade (w/ hole cutout) and the middle blade. The middle blade is unneeded and will now serve as the backup blade. 5. Move the 1st blade to the empty slot. This allows the proper 6mm (1/4) insulation strip, assuming compression connectors are going to be used. 6. Reinstall the allen bolts, screw them all the way up into the handle, and push up all the blades to their shallowest cutting depth 7. Reassemble the tool with the small end pin through the blades and the large middle pin through the spring. 8. Screw the middle allen bolt down to just below flush.
The wire is properly stripped when 1/4 of bare wire is exposed followed by 1/4 of braiding. If too much braiding is being cut on thicker cable, the 1st blades allen bolt can be removed and the blade position made shallower. Before adding the compression connector, the first layer of braid is pulled back, the first layer of foil is peeled off, and then the 2nd layer of braid is pulled back.
If you're going to get this for RG6 cable it might be worth looking for another tool somewhere if you don't want to mess around with it. This tool does not come with a blade configuration suitable for RG6, requiring that it be opened, adjusted, and closed back up. This process may take a little more than expected due to a complete lack of instructions.
Joel provided fantastic instructions. I would add only two things. The cutting blade with the hole (the one which cuts around the copper wire inside the cable) needs to be installed partially for its eye to line up with the insert bar that holds blades in place. It is the sort of thing you'll notice if you look at it logically, but which might be frustrating if you're just trying to toss blades into slots and put it back together. Also, you'll need to fine-tune the screw behind the blade I just mentioned to make sure it cuts close enough to the copper line inside, but not so close that it cuts into the copper itself.
This tool should come with instructions. In fact, this tool should come in a configuration suitable for RG6 without the need to waste personal time messing around with blades.
It works beautifully now, but I reset the time I had to spend setting it up.
PROS: Once ready, it works beautifully.
CONS: No instructions for blade placement. Should have option to order without even dealing with blade placement.
This is a great stripper for any price. The idea that you can get if for under seven dollars make it a true bargain for those who don't mind spending time setting it up right.
basically when open, the middle blade comes out and the blade with the notch on the right side moves to the center position. Then the blade on the left moves to the right about the width of a small piece of cardboard. You will see the second slot next to the blade.
The allen screws screw down clockwise to push the blades out where you can get ahold of them. I would go no further than you have to. I took mine all the way out except for the blade on the right was in the center of the screw and I realized I had to remove the blade first. Then I wondered why I had taken out the other screws altogether.
You might want to keep lots of pressure on the top and bottom after removing the big pin so you know who the spring goes back in. Not too hard to figure out where it goes though.
On mine both pins came out easier than I expected. I used a small copper wire I had laying around and jiggled it up and down to align the blades with the holes to make it easier to put the small pin in again.
It's hard to find a stripper with wide jaws, adjustable blades that can handle heavy quad shield rg6 for anywhere near this price.
I never have had any cables pieces left in the stripper after making about twenty strips.
It might take you an hour to take it apart the first time. Later its about five/ten min hehehe.
PROS: clean ez cuts - strong springs - jaws open wide - strips commscope rg6 quad shield without any problem at all.
adjustable blades really work great. I have it set to cut jacket, first braid and first foil leaving only the last braid to fold over the jacket and leave the taped foil on the dielectric.
I use digicon green quad shield connectors and ppc xl connectors. I have a klein compression crimper and it works great.
CONS: being a three blade stripper everyone should be aware that it is setup for bnc connectors and not setup for rg6. Therefore you will have to take it apart, move the blades and then reassemble it again.
Again, its not setup for rg6. It is set up for three blade bnc connectors. But you can "adjust" it to work with rg6 and will have a great stripper.
Using this tool, without first changing the location of the blades, caused me to have about a 60% failure rate, when using the Monoprice Male F Connector w/Black Plastic Seal For RG-6U Standard Shield cable and the Adjustable Compression Water proof Connectors Crimping Tool, also purchased here. At first, I thought that the problem was the connectors. However after doing some research, I learned that 12 mm (8 mm of outer jacket, plus another 4 mm where the braiding is also stripped), is far too much outer jacket to be stripping off of a coax cable if the cable is going to be used with a compression fitting. After figuring out how to disassemble the cutter and reposition the blades (I removed the center cutter and repositioned the 3rd cutter (which cuts down to the center wire) so that it was in the position previously occupied by the center blade), so that I'm getting an 8 mm strip, it works flawlessly.
The diagram on the back of the packaging indicates that the first blade can be moved to create a 6mm cut (which is what it appears is the recommended strip length for most compression connectors), but, in that position, I couldn't adjust the depth of the blade so that it would only cut the outer jacket. Even at the lowest depth, it was cutting the insulation.
However, even at 8mm, using the monoprice compression connectors, mentioned above, I've had 100% success this cutter.
Exactly as stated below... pieces gets stuck in cutting area. Also, when switching from RG6 to RG59, there is a lot of trial and error to adjust the blades right. Having a preset switch would be much better.
Was not set for RG-6U and could not setting correctly
Initially it was cutting too deep in the braids and shielding, I made some adjustments but never could get it to cut just above the first set of braids. This stripper never worked for me from the beginning using RG-6U
CONS: Difficult to get the cutting depths right for RG-6U
PROS: Once you adjust it, and if you position it correctly, it does strip cable.
CONS: WAY too difficult to adjust this tool. I'd rather change the timing belt on my truck. Really stupid that it does not come already properly adjusted. Forget this and look for one that works out of the box.
Unlike some strippers, this one does not have a stop for the end of the cable to position it correctly, so you have to align the end of it by eye. Another silly oversight. This tool is not ready for the market.
The allen screws used to adjust the device completely rounded out using the included allen wrench when I tried to loosen them to set the device to properly strip RG-6 cable. If the device had been set to RG-6 it wouldn't have been an issue. Now I am unable to remove the allen screws to adjust the tool. So it doesn't work properly. I have to strip the cable as it is set then use a knife and side cutters to tweak it so it will work with RG-6. They should have used hardened allen screws to prevent this from happening or just set it to RG-6 which is what most people are buying the tool for.