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write your own review of the DX Engineering DXE-UT-808X Stripping Tool for RG-8X.
Oct 19, 2013 22:58
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GREAT, but requires learning
Time owned: 0 to 3 months
This is a pretty neat tool, and now that I've learned how to use it, I like it even better.
The amount of "push" you use when inserting the coax as you turn the tool is CRITICAL to getting a good, clean cut.
I picked it up right away when stripping the jacket, but it took more than a few failures to get the "feel" needed to strip the dielectric properly.
When doing the "1st Cut", you have to apply enough "push" on the coax (or tool, depending on your viewpoint) to make the tool "feel" like it's threading itself onto the coax. When you have this amount of "push" correct, it magically strips the coax jacket off clean and square every time, without twisting up or otherwise mangling the shield braid.
The "2nd Cut" is of the dielectric, and two things are important here.
First, make sure the tool is clean! I check mine after every strip, and make sure no little bits of dielectric material or other material is jammed in between the blade and the housing. If foreign material is in there, the dielectric will not feed properly into the cutting blade, and the tool will not cut the dielectric cleanly.
The second is the amount of "push" you apply as you feed the coax into the tool and turn it. I push the dielectric into the tool until I feel it stop, and then back off, relieving the "springyness" that the foam dielectric has. Then I apply a slight amount of pressure, and start turning the tool, watching through the slot in the housing to see how the cutting is progressing.
Don't use too much "push" doing either the 1st or 2nd cuts!
Let the tool feed itself onto the coax with just a bit of assistance for the "push" you give it.
Be prepared to ruin your first few strips (especially the 2nd cut of the dielectric) until you get a feel for this tool, but once you "get it", it makes stripping RG-8X a breeze.
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