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Discussion in 'Electrical Forum discussion & Blog' started by Fudog, Feb 12, 2008.

  1. Fudog

    Fudog New Member

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    What are the best wire strippers to buy?
  2. Mikey

    Mikey Aspiring Old Fart, EE, computer & networking geek

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    There are two hand-held styles in common use: the "squeeze and strip" kind:
    StrippersGB11TRXSJWM3L__AA160_.jpg

    and the "squeeze and yank to strip" kind:
    strippers-xc104cgvth.jpg

    The best of the former I've got were bought about 50 years ago, but they only go up to about AWG16. No brand name on them. I bought a new pair at Lowe's (GB, as shown) a couple of months ago to handle larger wire sizes and they absolutely sucked. Your best bet, I think, today, is to prowl around military surplus vendors and look there. I go to a large airshow in Florida every year and several tool vendors show up with them there. I bought a pair there last year for about $3 and they're pretty good.

    The "squeeze and yank" kind are a little harder to use, but the Xcelite brand shown is the best I've found.
  3. Lakee911

    Lakee911 I&C Engineer (mostly WWTP)

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    I use the top one from bLowes and it's ok, but it isn't great. When I don't have it, I use a knife. Turn the wrist around it and pull.

    Jason
  4. Furd

    Furd Engineer

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  5. Chris75

    Chris75 Electrician

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    If working with NM cable these are by far the best...
  6. Mikey

    Mikey Aspiring Old Fart, EE, computer & networking geek

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    Klein makes terrific tools. I've got an ancient set of linesman's pliers that make a wonderful hammer as well. Indestructible.
  7. Chris75

    Chris75 Electrician

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    Thats funny because not only is my linesman's a hammer, my screwdriver is a chisel... :D:D:D


    I buy two sets of handtools every year, even without beating on the tools, I wear a screwdriver right out...
  8. Igor

    Igor New Member

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    It depends. This stripper is very nice if:
    A. You're doing assembly work at a bench, rather than field work, and
    B. Someone else is paying for the machine.
  9. jwelectric

    jwelectric Electrical Contractor/Instructor

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    Depends on the size of wire. For some wires I use one of these

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  10. PEW

    PEW DIY Senior Member

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    I have a device called "the fang", does both the sheath, and the insulation on 12 and 14 wire with the same blades, no adjustments needed. Have had it for years, never have seen one anywhere else. Going to be very sad if it ever dies!
  11. Cass

    Cass Plumber

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    Years back I used to have a pair of side cutters with a perfect hole that would strip #10 insulation.

    Those cutters are what taught me never to take anyones word that the circuit was off.:D
  12. Mikey

    Mikey Aspiring Old Fart, EE, computer & networking geek

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    I've got a nice pair of Klein dikes like that. Insulated handles, I'm happy to say.
  13. parry

    parry New Member

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    All have given the advice which will be better to use from their perspective. Now you have to think that which will suits to you and your budget. Thanks
  14. Speedy Petey

    Speedy Petey Licensed Electrical Contractor

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    Budget??? We're taking about a $15-$20 pair of pliers. :rolleyes:
  15. Speedy Petey

    Speedy Petey Licensed Electrical Contractor

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    I agree that these are probably the best for working with NM cable.
  16. pudge565

    pudge565 New Member

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    i prefer craftsman i have a pair of em and they work pretty good only thing is they only go up to 18 awg so if you need to strip door bell wire you need another pair.
  17. pudge565

    pudge565 New Member

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    If i had the money i would probably buy the kleins. i have a pair of klein linemans that my uncle bought me i love em nice feel and comfortable to work with.
  18. Lakee911

    Lakee911 I&C Engineer (mostly WWTP)

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    I like their tools too. I found one of their screw drivers on the side of the road and picked it up. It got me hooked.

    I've got some of them too! :)
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