If there were only one cable and
connector type in the world, your job would be much more
pleasurable. Unfortunately, this is not so. There are a variety
of cables in use today and every one is a little different. To
complicate the process further, these same cables are produced
by many manufacturers with significant differences in
construction and composition.
As a user of this Tool, your job
is to produce a coaxial termination of high quality both in
performance and appearance. Preferred design characteristics
(both electrical and functional) of any particular coaxial cable
sometimes places it in direct opposition to this task. The
perfect coaxial termination is an extremely precise task and the
composition/construction of the cable contributes greatly to the
ease or difficulty of this effort.
The Coastel Port-a-Strip model
#700 series and CTEL 1066 are designed to produce extremely
precise and repeatable "cuts" in coaxial cable. With most
cables, it will do this with little effort or attention from the
operator. Consider yourself fortunate if your cable is in this
group. With a few cables the pursuit of "the perfect strip" will
demand an extreme level of skill from the operator. The
differences are decided by the composition of the cable.
As a rule, our cable stripping
tools work better with firm jacketed cables and the tool is very
easy to operate when using them. Cables such as RG59, 1694A,
RG141, AT&T type 734 and 735 are good examples. Some "small"
soft jacketed cables like RG178 and BT3002, will also work very
The enemy of the Cutting Head
is drag. The softer and floppier and larger the cable, the more
drag. A rubbery feeling jacketed cable that is also very floppy
will require the operator of this tool to show great care and
skill to produce "acceptable results." The techniques in the
instruction manual have been developed to help you face these
challenges, (see applicable Coastel Technical Bulletins).
We have and will continue to go
to great effort to help you obtain a quality and precise coaxial
strip. Should you have any problems that are not described in
the instruction manual or if you have developed any new
techniques that might help others, please do not hesitate to
give us a call. We would be most interested in your particular