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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] BEST CRIMP TOOL-Response DAVIS RF
From: "Steve Davis -Davis RF Co." <>
Date: Tue, 30 Jun 2009 18:46:27 -0400
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Jim and Dave,

We sell the same tool that RFI does (we used to sell the RFI tool, we are  a 
distributor for all their products, but we found the tool direct, less 
expensive, likely made by same mfr. )  Our price is $ 67.75 (includes the 
die for LMR 400, 9913, Bury-Flex and similar  vs. the ebay price of $ 75. 
This is a heavy duty, production type, ratchet release and you can buy other 
dies for it from us that fit right in.  This is a VERY GOOD tool, otherwise 
I wouldn't be selling it.   Unfortunately the brochure I have sent out does 
not indicate a couple of the above g points (ratchet and interchangeable 
die), I  will change that.
Others on TT have bought it, they can opine....nobody has had a question, 
concern or disatisfaction  (on ANY DAVIS RF matter, I  really want any 
feedback).  There is also a die available for LMR 600, as well as all other 
lesser size cables.  It works great even though the connectors for this 
larger cable are more rigid.
Although our prices for this tool, and strippers, cutters are very low, if 
you olne of each, an addit'l $ 10.00  off.
  Any interested, I will send the updated brochure, ready in couple of days.
73,   Steve ,  K1PEK,
DAVIS RF Co.,  Div. of Orion Wire Co., Inc.

Wire, Cable, RF Connectors and wire aerial parts.   LMR, Heliax, Eupen

Commercial / Military / & Custom Cable Design

tel:  978-369-1738     Fax:  978-369-3484

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Date: Tue, 30 Jun 2009 10:39:16 -0400
From: David McKenzie <>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] crimping tools
To: Jim Hoge <>,
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Jim, I'm using the RF Industries crimp tool that I got on ebay with both
sets of interchangeable dies for crimping cables from RG59 through LMR400
and am very happy with it. Mainly I am using it to crimp LMR-240 but I have
the LMR400 connectors for my bury-flex coax as well and have had no issues.
It is a ratchet-type crimper and appears to be heavy duty. I've crimped
maybe 20 connectors to this point with no problems whatsoever. I don't know
what the tool retails for but I got it for about $75 on ebay, and the crimp
connectors are anywhere from $1.90-$3.50 each depending where you get them.
Certianly beats soldering any day of the week in my opinion.

David KB1FSY

On Mon, Jun 29, 2009 at 12:44 PM, Jim Hoge <> wrote:

> I am seeking opinions on crimping tools for LMR-400 coax. How well do the
> standard crimpers, both fixed die and interchangable die units perform 
> with
> this cable? Is a piston type crimper worth the extra investment if I won't
> be doing cable larger than 400?
> tnx,
> Jim W5QM


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