A coax stripper is an indispensable tool for stripping coax cables. Blades are often used, which is not useful with a coax cable. This is because a coax cable is a complex constructed cable that also has to work without interference. Damage due to incorrect or clumsy stripping prevents proper operation.
A coax stripper ensures that the job of stripping can be done as neatly as possible. There are various types of coax strippers in our range that vary in dimensions and number of blades, among other things.
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When do you need a coax stripper?
A coax cable transports image and sound, especially TV and radio signals. To this end, coax cables are laid to the central reception point within a building and from there to the various contact points that are connected to it. Coax cables are often (still) laid between the contact points and the various playback equipment, although HDMI cables or even wireless connections are now used for this.
Coax cables that go to and from the connection points in a building are often supplied per linear meter and without fixed connectors. These must therefore always be stripped with a coax stripper in order to provide them with connectors correctly. Coax cables to equipment, on the other hand, are usually sold in the correct length, including pre-assembled connectors. These also sometimes have to be shortened and you can do that with a coax stripper.
Construction of the coax cable
Why is a coax cable so complex? This has to do with the fact that the signal to be transported must remain as interference-free as possible, otherwise the image and audio signal will suffer seriously. A lot of effort has therefore been made to shield coax cable. To begin with, a coax cable has a solid copper core. Around it is a core mantle, an insulator.
This insulator, in turn, is often wrapped in an aluminum shielding foil that is also glued. The shielding foil is surrounded by a mantle, usually of copper, and around it is the outer sheath. So there are 3 jackets around the core, of which in principle only the outer jacket always has to be stripped. The other 2 jackets usually have to be adjusted for length. The role of a good, adjustable coax stripper in these kinds of precarious jobs is therefore obvious.
Cable diameter and choice of coax stripper
Although the structure of a coax cable is in fact always the same, there are quite a few different coax strippers for sale. This has to do with the fact that coax cables are offered in quite a few different thicknesses. Although a thick coax cable physically offers the best shielding and the least attenuation, that is not always convenient.
They do not fit everywhere, are sometimes not flexible and not all connectors fit on this type of cable. Either way, the smartest thing to do is buy a coax stripper that matches the thickness of your coax cable used. An outer diameter of 7mm is common, we have tested and listed a range of Coax Strippers that are suitable for diameters from roughly 3mm to 28mm.
Coax stripper with multiple blades
Although in principle a coax stripper always strips the outer sheath, the shielding of the copper core and the inner sheath will also have to be cut to size in order to be mounted on the connectors. This can be done manually, but also with extra help. It all depends on what your favorite working method is. In our listed range of coax strippers we have versions with 1, 2 or 3 blades.
With a coax stripper with 2 knives, you can fit both the inner jacket and the shielding of the copper core in one operation. With a 3-blade coax stripper you can strip all three jackets at once, while with a 1-blade coax stripper you can usually only strip the outer jacket. Variations are of course possible on the above, but these are the most common combinations. Some coax strippers are also equipped with adjustable blades, always read the product information to see how the coax stripper is constructed.