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Cable compression hand tools

The Linear X1 and X3 compression hand tools feature a zinc-coated, die-cast body and a handle that includes a double-dipped textured cushion grip with a shorter spread distance in the open position for more comfortable compression. One-handed operation is possible with all compatible connectors, while a hinged hasp keeps the tool in a compact closed position when not in use. The X1 model is factory calibrated and set to compress industry standard 21-mm F compression connectors. The X3 features an adjustable post that can be raised or lowered to accommodate different sizes and types of F/BNC/RCA compression connectors. No separate or loose adapters are required for BNC or RCA connectors.

Ideal Industries

Circle 300



Connector installation tool

The Blackburn Hydraulic PowerTap System is a battery-powered wedge-tap connector installation tool that eliminates the need for a powder-actuated, fire-on style tool. Available with two head sizes, the tool features a quick-connect coupler, a positive-stop valve that precisely matches the system’s output pressure to that of the wedge-tap connector, and an audible bypass signal that indicates when optimum pressure is achieved. To release the tool, users simply depress the release lever to retract the tool head assembly from the connection; then, remove the power unit from the tool head assembly by depressing the release lever on the quick-connect coupler.

Thomas & Betts

Circle 301




This line of premium pliers includes 12 models. Constructed from chrome vanadium steel, the pliers’ grips are dipped in an anti-tear PVC finish. All models are designed for gripping, twisting, and cutting via their precision machined jaws and induction-hardened cutting edges. The long nose and linesman models feature a cross-hatch tooth geometry located on the grip surface to help reduce slippage.


Circle 302


Band saw

The M12 cordless sub-compact band saw weighs 6.75 lb and measures 12 in. long. Featuring a fully integrated lower guard that covers the blade outside the active cutting area, the saw meets OSHA guarding requirements for one-handed use. According to the company, the tool can cut through ¾-in. EMT in 3 sec, and delivers more than 150 cuts per charge with the included M12 Redlithium XC battery. With a 15/8-in. × 15/8-in. cut capacity and low vibration, the product features a variable speed trigger and LED light, as well as the company’s 18 TPI sub-compact portable band saw blade.

Milwaukee Electric Tool

Circle 303






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