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Real vs Fake EZ-RJPRO HD Crimp Tools

My favorite tool for crimping copper ethernet cables is the PlatinumTools EZ-RJPRO HD crimp tool. Recently I needed to buy one for field work, so I ordered one from Amazon.co.jp.

When it arrived, I noticed that it didn’t feel like the tools I’d used in my previous work. I crimped some cables and noticed that the insulation wasn’t being clamped fully, so I ordered another from a different seller, and sure enough, a different-looking tool arrived. I tried re-crimping and had much better results.

I googled around to see if anyone had done a side-by-side comparison and couldn’t find anything. So, to (hopefully) save some other engineers the same heartbreak, I created an illustration of the differences between the two. Here you go!

PLATINUM TOOLS EZ-RJ45 PRO HD PN 100054 – Front
PLATINUM TOOLS EZ-RJ45 PRO HD PN 100054 – Back

For folks ordering in Japan, I got my genuine product from the seller サバーイランド (SABAY LAND SALES). The clone came from seller サンセットストア (SUNSET STORE).

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