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Chris in Ct

Zip tie gun question

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I bought one of these

http://cableorganizer.com/cable-tie-installation-tool/

model CTGUN-M

It only took 4 days by priority mail to get it from Florida to Montana, $31.54 total.

I have used it on 3k to 4k ties, most of them 4" ties, last fall and it works good. The one I bought from Walmart for $7.99 quit cutting them off flush after about 800 ties.

Having the ties tight and cut off flush looked alot nicer on my Z Tree I think.

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I'm sorry but I'm still having a really hard time seeing how this tool is useful. It looks to me as if it takes LONGER to use it than just doing it by hand.

The ONLY advantage I see to it over wire cutters is that it trims the end short so you don't have the sharp remnant protruding but that's about it.

I generally don't want my zip ties too tight since they're all temporary and if they are too tight it just makes them harder to cut off without damaging the wires.

I mean, really - how hard is it to put zip ties on something?

Admittedly, if you have an application where you need them really snug and don't intend to remove them then it might be useful. (And if you had more than a handful to do.)

Chuck, I used to feel the same way. That was before I did two arches, a couple hundred feet of C7 sockets (three runs zip tied together), another couple hundred feet of C9 sockets (again, three lines ziptied together) plus other assorted tying.

My fingers were pretty torn up and hurting after cinching down that many ties. I went through 3,000 ties putting all of that togethr. More importantly, those C7 and C9 runs now had sharp edges where the trimmed off tie protruded. Sissors or diagonal cutters do not trim the excess flush like the Panduit gun does.

With my left hand, I can wrap the ziptie around something, getting the tip through the square cinch. The right hand with the gun cinches down the zip to the tension that I set on the gun and cuts it off in seconds. When I was up on my tallest ladder, zip tying C9 strands together, I would have loved to have this tool available then.

It's a matter of personal prefference, but I really appreciate having one and would not go back to being without one now. I have two more arches, five poles, five twig trees and a megatree to build this year. I like using a lot of zipties to keep things in place. I *really* like the ability to easily take them back apart for maintenance though, zipties make for easy construction.

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Wow, just wow. After doing two light arches and zip tieing all of my C9 strings together by hand, I decided I wanted to try one of these guns. I found a Panduit GS2B on Ebay, grabbed it for a $40 buy it now and it came yesterday.

Man, WHY DIDN'T I GET ONE OF THESE YEARS AGO?!?!?!?!?

The thing is solid, works amazingly well and it's soooooo dang fast. Best of all, it cuts off the excess such that there is no sharp little remainder to cut yourself on later.

Folks, if you are going to use a lot of zipties, you know, you've been buying the 1000 count bags by the bushel, then please do yourself a huge favor and get one of these guns. Your fingers will thank you for it! (My thumb is still scarred up from all those ties I put on by hand for last Christmas)

Gary,

You convinced me. I just got a used one off ebay for $22 with shipping. The things retail for over $200...I guess you still can get deals on ebay!

RO

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Over the years I've "collected" a whole bunch of different cable tie guns, some as much as $200 or more. Believe it or not, the best cable tie gun I have found, especially for those little thin 4" ties that like to break alot, is this one:

http://www.uline.com/Product/ProductDetail.aspx?model=H-241

They are so inexpensive that I buy like 5 of them every year. This way I don't get all bent out of shape when they're left outside. I also have them on hand in case another local enthusiast is looking for one, and I give them away to people that lend a hand during construction projects.

Fabian

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Over the years I've "collected" a whole bunch of different cable tie guns, some as much as $200 or more. Believe it or not, the best cable tie gun I have found, especially for those little thin 4" ties that like to break alot, is this one:

http://www.uline.com/Product/ProductDetail.aspx?model=H-241

They are so inexpensive that I buy like 5 of them every year. This way I don't get all bent out of shape when they're left outside. I also have them on hand in case another local enthusiast is looking for one, and I give them away to people that lend a hand during construction projects.

Fabian

I just ordered this one with 1000 4" zip ties.. hope this makes building mini trees easier!

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