Don‘t let it‘s size fool you. The NEW FT-45™ is a simple, compact and highly effective modular plug crimp tool for installers and techs that terminate RJ-45 co ectors regularly. Instead of another traditional oversized, heavy, crimp tool style loaded with features that are rarely used or that just don‘t work well, we took this tool in a new direction. It‘s built for today and tomorrow, not the past. This tool was designed to work seamlessly with the IDEAL Feed-Thru Modular plugs, and is compatible with other feed-thru style co ectors. A major benefit of Feed-Thru plugs is that they allow the individual conductors to “feed-thru” the end-face of the co ector allowing the user to verify the wires are in the correct order prior to crimping the co ector. During crimping, the FT-45™ cleanly shears the excess conductors and leaves a smooth, flat finish to the end face of the IDEAL Feed-Thru co ector. No protrusions or small lengths of conductor remain beyond the plastic face of the co ector. This minimizes accidental shorting of conductors or inadvertent contact in plug jacks. Fitted with a single universal crimp cavity for RJ-45 / 8-position co ectors that can be used with Feed-Thru, standard, or shielded co ectors for CAT5e or CAT6. No need to carry multiple tools for terminating RJ-45’s. A custom, heavy duty cutting blade that stays sharp, has minimal flex and will last for over 2,000 cuts before it needs replacing. Replacement blades are available (30-4951). A patent pending mechanical design that requires only 1/3 to 1/2 the hand force of traditional tools to crimp the co ector – no ratchet mechanism is needed and one handed crimping is possible. The tool is compact, 5 1/2“ in length and weighs just over 1/2lb, about half the size and weight of bulkier traditional tools so it easily fits in your pocket and lightens the tool bag load.