Best tool to terminate fiber

In a few months I will start a job for a long-time client - to run and terminate a couple of dozen fiber runs. Never terminated fiber before.
Asking the following - 1. Best tool recommended (and doesn't break the bank) to cleave and terminate LC connectors. 2. Best tool to splice fiber (if not included already in your #1 recommendation). 3. YouTube video links on how to use tool(s). Thanks,
xav1963Asked:
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Michael-BestCommented:
"1. Best tool recommended (and doesn't break the bank) to cleave and terminate LC connectors. 2. Best tool to splice fiber (if not included already in your #1 recommendation)."

You need to decide your price range... see these products:

http://www.cableorganizer.com/fiber-optic-testers/fiber-optic-termination-kits.html

"3. YouTube video links on how to use tool(s)."
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See:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIiBVuuRUtM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TkWMRffsKbg

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Andy SCommented:
I'm not trying to be a smart-a** but, perhaps the best tool is a licensed sub contractor? sometimes it pays to cover yourself..

I know in Australia all cabling work (including telephone, data, fire and security alarm systems cabling) that connects with the telecommunications network must be performed by a registered cabler or under the direct supervision of a registered cabler.

Even if it's not the plan at the moment, down the track, this might be connected to the public network, and instantly it's not legal, and you're the one who did the work...
Michael-BestCommented:
woh ...  my friends brother works to terminate and couple fiber optic in NZ ...sure it is a blue collar job in the cable trenches of high paid IT techs ...but the pay is more than the IT techs, needing the fiber optic ...
You have a great job opportunity so do no go cheap on the equipment if you have a long term contact.
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xav1963Author Commented:
appreciate the info ... and I agree great opportunity to learn a new demanding skill so I will not pass it up... but I am looking for advise fro those who terminate fiber on regular basis and from their own experience what tools/brands they use or prefer .... Panduit, Greenlee, BlackBox, Corning, etc. for stripping, cleaving, terminating, splicing, etc.... just wanted to get ideas on people's preferences of equipment....thx
Michael-BestCommented:
"I am looking for advise fro those who terminate fiber on regular basis and from their own experience what tools/brands they use or prefer"

I will contact my friends brother to get suggestions...
His reply will take some extended time?
He makes too much $ and is usually too busy making those $ to give good advice on which tools work best...

I do not know any people in fiber work that have enough spare time to volunteer their time / advice as I / we volunteer EE members...
 
Suggest you read the links I posted... as getting an experienced fiber optic service persons own personal feedback is unlikely on EE ?

Good Luck on this.
xav1963Author Commented:
totally understand ... will leave question  open for awhile... thx....
Rob LeaverSr. Network & Server EngineerCommented:
Hi,

The best way is to use LC connector pigtails and splice them onto your fiber you are running.

I use a fusion splicer but they will throw you around $5000, this being said you get absolute minimum decibel loss (0.1) vs a manual splice while you'd lose significantly more. Also with most fusion splicers come with built in heatshrinker which is great.
xav1963Author Commented:
thx for info
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