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  1. #1
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    Wire stripper suggestion

    Looking to upgrade / invest in some better quality strippers.

    I've got this pair of Klein currently.
    They cut well, strip well, but the grips have just completely ripped down the middle on both handles.
    I'm on my second pair of these in a year. :/

    What have you guys found as a quality set.
    I do service / controls install for my company.
    So I'm stripping wire anywhere from 22-10 Guage wire depending what I'm doing.
    Plus crimping on connectors as needed.

    Am I at the point I should just get a dedicated stripper and dedicated crimped?

    Thanks





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    Here is my favorite pair. Makes the job a breeze

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    This is what I've been using for decades. The longer handles give you a lot more leverage. This image have the insulated and un-insulated crimper. I like the one with two different sizes of the un-insulated crimper. Which I use on insulated connectors. Then I just have a pair of cheapy strippers that works well enough I've never upgraded to anything fancy.

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    I do a triple evac with nitro to remove non condensables.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BBeerme View Post
    This is what I've been using for decades. The longer handles give you a lot more leverage. This image have the insulated and un-insulated crimper. I like the one with two different sizes of the un-insulated crimper. Which I use on insulated connectors. Then I just have a pair of cheapy strippers that works well enough I've never upgraded to anything fancy.

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    These are what I was leaning towards and then just another pair of strippers.

    Thanks




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    Quote Originally Posted by Vinnie_NJ View Post
    Here is my favorite pair. Makes the job a breeze

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    I'll have to look into these thanks


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    Quote Originally Posted by BBeerme View Post
    This is what I've been using for decades. The longer handles give you a lot more leverage. This image have the insulated and un-insulated crimper. I like the one with two different sizes of the un-insulated crimper. Which I use on insulated connectors. Then I just have a pair of cheapy strippers that works well enough I've never upgraded to anything fancy.

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    X2


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    What are you guys using for stripping 4-8 AWG wire? Just a knife or is there something better?


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    Mine are blue - I have never seen them in red.

    Quote Originally Posted by BBeerme View Post
    This is what I've been using for decades. The longer handles give you a lot more leverage. This image have the insulated and un-insulated crimper. I like the one with two different sizes of the un-insulated crimper. Which I use on insulated connectors. Then I just have a pair of cheapy strippers that works well enough I've never upgraded to anything fancy.

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    PHM
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    Been using these for decades, they have both #14 and #12 strippers. Also have crimpers like above.



    https://www.amazon.com/Klein-Tools-D...SIN=B0002RI9OU

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    I learned how to strip the big wires when I was in the union at the shipyard.
    Use a razor knife and roll it around the circumference where you want to cut the insulation. Do not slide it . Roll it. Wish I could show a video. One way half around and then feel the cut with the knife from the backside and roll the rest of the 360 degrees. It is ergonomics that limit you to 180 degrees and force you to do the second half in the opposite direction. You feel with your hands more than you can see with your eyes.

    Then Bend the wire or cable and the scored sheath will split. At this time your knife has never touched copper. Bend it hard and you will see the sheath split but if it doesn't show copper then take another roll an bend it again. Eventually you will see copper without barely touching copper against steel.

    Then take a lengthwise slice to open the insulation and lo and behold you are done. This method works great on coax so you don't score the shield.

    I used to have a job where the inspectors would come by after you were done and bend back the terminal to see if you had nicked any strands of the wire. In some applications you were allowed to accidentally lose a few strands and in some applications you could not lose any strands but it was ok to accidentally nick a certain number of strands depending on the size wire.

    Actually I prefer this method above strippers when I'm doing small scale hvac work (solid or stranded) because it guarantees a good result. Some strippers tend to nick the conductor in a major way.

    For thermostat wire I use my thumbnail to strip the wire.

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    I have these and a Hilmor crimper and Clein side cutters.
    (And I wonder why lifting my tool bag hurts my back.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by cburns View Post
    Looking to upgrade / invest in some better quality strippers.

    I've got this pair of Klein currently.
    They cut well, strip well, but the grips have just completely ripped down the middle on both handles.
    I'm on my second pair of these in a year. :/

    What have you guys found as a quality set.
    I do service / controls install for my company.
    So I'm stripping wire anywhere from 22-10 Guage wire depending what I'm doing.
    Plus crimping on connectors as needed.

    Am I at the point I should just get a dedicated stripper and dedicated crimped?

    Thanks





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    I like the Greenlee version. They are stainless and last alot longer.

    These:




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