Originally Posted by trekguy
Compression is better agreed, and some of the lighter weight crimping tools do a poor job. But crimpers are are easy to find (and cheaper) and the heavier hex crimp tools have worked well for me, at least for connections that are exposed to the weather.
I'm not so sure compression is actually a better termination. Compression is a friction type termination where crimp is permanent. I've pulled some compression connectors off of the cable before at trade shows. I can't do that with a crimp connection. However, if either crimp or compression connectors are terminated correctly on the cable they are both a sound termination. I use both and have equal success.
What I like about compression is I can use the same tool for multiple terminations. I use Liberty stuff and can use the same tool and stripper for both RG59 and RG6. I also use Canare and have to have 2 different strippers for 3c and 5c. I am partial to crimp connectors because I like to finish them of with some shrink tubing. I think it looks nicer. You can't beat the quickness and ease of a compression connector though.
Also, if you use the proper crimp connector for the cable you are terminating it doesn't "damage" the cable.