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    What are the best wire strippers to buy?

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    Aspiring Old Fart, EE, computer & networking geek Mikey's Avatar
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    There are two hand-held styles in common use: the "squeeze and strip" kind:
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    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.

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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

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    I like the Ideal 45-227 Grip-N-Strip End Stripper for general-purpose work or the Ideal 45-327 Maxim Stripper if I have smaller size wire I'm working with.

    They ARE a bit pricey.

    http://ideal.datacomtools.com/idealc...-strippers.htm

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

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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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikey View Post
    Klein makes terrific tools. I've got an ancient set of linesman's pliers that make a wonderful hammer as well. Indestructible.

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


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

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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.

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


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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!

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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.

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

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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

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    Quote Originally Posted by taksun View Post
    Now you have to think that which will suits to you and your budget.
    Budget??? We're taking about a $15-$20 pair of pliers.

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