The Linear X1 and Linear X3 compression hand tools for coaxial cables are Ideal Industries' value-line tools for contractors installing CATV, CCTV and other coaxial-based audio/video systems. According to Ideal Datacomm tools and supplies business-unit manager Jeff Meader, the Linear X models possess several characteristics of the company's OmniSeal Pro series of compression tools, but in a smaller and simpler design. Meader describes Linear X1 and Linear X3 as "perfect for installers that are migrating from traditional crimping tools or those who only occasionally work with coaxial cable terminations."
Ideal says the tools' characteristics include a zinc-coated, die-cast body, a double-dipped textured-cushion-grip handle, and a short spread distance in the open position that provides for a comfortable compression cycle for any user. One-handed operation is possible with compatible connectors, and a hinged hasp keeps the tool in a compact closed position when it is not being used.
Linear X1 is exclusively for F connectors. The factory-calibrated tool is set to compress 21mm F compression connectors, including Ideal's own line of connectivity. The company says this tool provides users with a consistent stoke length and compression cycle, without worry that it could be set incorrectly.
Linear X3 has an adjustable post, which can be raised or lowered to accommodate different-sized F, BNC and RCA compression connectors. It requires no separate or loose adapters for BNC or RCA connections. Ideal says it's a good tool for CCTV, A/V and CATV/SATV installers who work with multiple types of coaxial connectors and want an all-in-one product. It is compatible with Ideal's F, BNC and RCA compression connectors.