Recommend a punchdown tool?

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Greetings all,
Can anyone recommend the best 110 style punchdown tool for the money?  I
don't need the best of the best.  However, I would rather spend a little
more and get a quality tool than deal with the headaches of an inferior
product.
Also, could someone explain the difference/advantage of an 'impact' vs.
'non-impact' punchdown tool?
I am building a home network and will be using the puncdown tool for a
couple of Cat 5 patch panels (110 style) and 30+ wall-jacks (110 style).

I have looked at several brands:
Harris
Paladin
Ideal
Greeenlee




Re: Recommend a punchdown tool?
> Greetings all,
> Can anyone recommend the best 110 style punchdown tool for the money?  I
> don't need the best of the best.  However, I would rather spend a little
> more and get a quality tool than deal with the headaches of an inferior
> product.
> Also, could someone explain the difference/advantage of an 'impact' vs.
> 'non-impact' punchdown tool?
> I am building a home network and will be using the puncdown tool for a
> couple of Cat 5 patch panels (110 style) and 30+ wall-jacks (110 style).
>
> I have looked at several brands:
> Harris
> Paladin
> Ideal
> Greeenlee

They are all good brands and the dollar difference between them is not
real great.  If you know someone in the business, see if you can
borrow theirs for a day or two and give them a new (or nearly new -
only about 250 punches) blade for the loan.  Cost is then about $20.00
if I remember right.  (It has been literally years since I bought a
blade.)

The non-impact styles are something you want to stay away from with
the number of terminations you are planning.  Essentially you put the
wire in the contact, push with the tool to start the seating process
and then whack the end of the tool with your palm to drive the wire
between the IDC contacts and cut the tag end.  Palms get very sore
after the first 20 or so.


Re: Recommend a punchdown tool?

> Can anyone recommend the best 110 style punchdown tool for the money?

I bought a harris tool and it was pretty good.

> Also, could someone explain the difference/advantage of an 'impact' vs.
> 'non-impact' punchdown tool?

Impact tools are spring loaded. When you push down, there is a spring which
snaps the head down onto the block - thus terminating the wires. Non-impact
ones are like a screwdriver, you'll need a hammer or your hand to push the
wire down.

Buy an impact tool if possible - it'll give a cleaner and more consitent
punch. Plus their eaiser to use too : )

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Lucas Tam (REMOVEnntp@rogers.com)
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Re: Recommend a punchdown tool?
Thank you Justin Time and Lucas Tam for your info. and suggestions!
I will definately go for an impact tool to save my hand.

Kind Regards,
dirtft (Do It Right The First Time)


>
> > Can anyone recommend the best 110 style punchdown tool for the money?
>
> I bought a harris tool and it was pretty good.
>
> > Also, could someone explain the difference/advantage of an 'impact' vs.
> > 'non-impact' punchdown tool?
>
> Impact tools are spring loaded. When you push down, there is a spring
which
> snaps the head down onto the block - thus terminating the wires.
Non-impact
> ones are like a screwdriver, you'll need a hammer or your hand to push the
> wire down.
>
> Buy an impact tool if possible - it'll give a cleaner and more consitent
> punch. Plus their eaiser to use too : )
>
> --
> Lucas Tam (REMOVEnntp@rogers.com)
> Please delete "REMOVE" from the e-mail address when replying.
> http://members.ebay.com/aboutme/coolspot18 /




Re: Recommend a punchdown tool?
If you have a ReTool store in your area, go there.  This is a used tool
buy/trade store.  I find telco tools in there all the time.  I've seen puch
tools that still have a lot of life in them selling for under $20.  For just
some light work over a weekend house install, something like this will be
perfect.  Also, look on eBay for a used punch tool.  Save some money and, if
needed, buy a new blade.

Daniel

> Greetings all,
> Can anyone recommend the best 110 style punchdown tool for the money?  I
> don't need the best of the best.  However, I would rather spend a little
> more and get a quality tool than deal with the headaches of an inferior
> product.
> Also, could someone explain the difference/advantage of an 'impact' vs.
> 'non-impact' punchdown tool?
> I am building a home network and will be using the puncdown tool for a
> couple of Cat 5 patch panels (110 style) and 30+ wall-jacks (110 style).
>
> I have looked at several brands:
> Harris
> Paladin
> Ideal
> Greeenlee
>
>
>




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