There are many different ways you could install and tighten nylon cable ties.
You could of course use your hands, but it can be hard to get proper tension by hand, increasing the risk that a connection or bundle will be loose.
Then there are pliers. I have had good experiences using pliers to install cable ties and then flush cutters to trim excess materials. But even this method isn’t ideal.
There are tools specially designed for one purpose and one purpose only – to properly tighten and tension nylon cable ties, and they work extremely well.
The Klein tool shown above ($29 via Amazon) is a mid-level tool that’s designed for day-to-day use. It can be used on ties up to 15/32″ wide and can tension them to up to 65 lbs. It features easy-grip handles and automatically trims the ends of tensioned cable ties.
This Gardner Bender cable tie tool ($10 via Amazon) is a lighter-duty tensioner that works in a similar manner. It can tension ties to up to 75 lbs, but you would probably only want to use it on smaller ties. Like the Klein tool, this one – and others like it – can also trim the ends of cable ties.
Economic plastic-bodied versions are useful for occasional use, and metal tools like the Klein are better suited for installers and other more frequent users. Premium models are available for installers and techs that need adjustable tensioning and other such features.
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