....As long as the tool performs, and many Taiwanese and Chinese tools do, especially ones that are designed and built to a reputable US manufacturers standards, I don't know why I would change my recommendation?.......
Thanks for checking with your source. Absent that, the pics I posted would not lead one to be confident it was manufactured to reputable US manufacturing standards. One of the letters is completely illegible. I said you "may" update, not that you should. If you know
the crimp quality is the same, I would not expect you to change. You might CY sider pointing out the lettering issue. SBO is telling me they are all like that. SBO, to their credit, is being extraordinary helpful. That was a great reference from your article. Thank you.
Your article never mentioned FTZ's US origin, but does criticize the Chinese crimpers you document as unreliable, which I'm sure is true. There is a subtle disconnect to find the FTZ is also made in China. Don't get me wrong, that article is extraordinarily helpful, it's entirely up to you what you do with it.
While I totally understand competitive pricing pressure, when the competition is manufacturering for a tenth the cost in China, I always find the "could not compete" argument to be dubious. Some companies can't sell at a price that creates a proper return on investment, because the competition has reduced pricing after manufacturing in China at a tenth the cost. Others simply become more profitable. Hard to tell which is which.