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Just out of intrest who use's what wire strippers? seen alsorts about but I've stuck to my old plier type wire strippers, anyone use the automatic ones and are they any good?
 
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Adam W

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I use cable shears, like these:
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Can't be doing with carting around a load of gimmicky tools.

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Adam W

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They do allsorts. You can flick the handles round and use them to open boxes.
You can't use them on steel or live wires though, unless you want to break them.
 
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Southern Spark

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Im with novus, you simply cant beat the shears. That is all you need, whether you are stripping alarm cable or cutting 25mm tails... just got to learn that no matter how many times I try they just cant cut 3.5mm screws!!!
 
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MarkieSparkie

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I use good old 'side cutters' or 'snips' as I call them.
But have you seen this bad boy Draper Expert 185mm VDE 6 in 1 Plier/Side Cutter/Wire | eBay UK

It's not a great picture, but you get the idea..
I was sent a free pair by Draper to evaluate. I didn't like them and ended up giving them to an apprentice.
The draw back to the design is the position of the stripping notches at the very point I normally cut with my CK combi-cutters, if there were other advantages I could have changed my technique, but they flattered to deceive.
The angled head design didn't seem to be more comfortable in use and the cutter blades where less robust, hard or sharp compared to my trusty CK.
The wire loop capstan however is a nice touch and works well.
The bootlace ferrule crimper works on small flex sizes, but is really a gimmick because it's obviously not as good as a ratchet crimp tool. For the one off OK, any more and I was reaching for the ratchet which is faster and consistent.
The accessory screw cutters work OK, but required more leverage than my CK.
 
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ive got a set of wire strippers which i use for panel work, as some companies (national grid and YEDL sites) ive worked for wont let you use shears on panel work.
the shears are the best, and they are just as good at small sizes as they are at bigger ones. i would never again use side cutters, and havent since college.
 
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joshjoynes1988

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pennywise

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I have a pair of these in the bottom of the bag somewhere........


Got the same ones great for singles and flex, though I started off with the CK ones but found the handles too hard so bought a version that had them rubberised.
 
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mayfair

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Did they come with a packet of sticky plasters for when you get ya hand caught in them botttom bits.
I have a pair of these in the bottom of the bag somewhere........


 
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pennywise

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Been there done that got the bloody!! T shirt :nonod:
 

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i use these for 2nd fixing, as they're handy for cutting down 3.5 screws as well. 79-123-large.jpg

1st fixing I use the shears
 
lenny i too have a pair of the CK strippers not a fan you have to turn them round to use as it damages the sheathing otherwise
I am not a fan at all would have preferred some cable shears or a ratchet crimper this came with CK toolkit
 
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Phil

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Did they come with a packet of sticky plasters for when you get ya hand caught in them botttom bits.
:D they should do, some nice blisters I have had of them there bottom bits :) usually followed by the cursing noise and blue coloured language afterwards :D
 
you should try these

if you look under head there is wire cutter's (the things themself are useless)

but if you want to paint your work red there handy

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WDMDL

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I used to have the Ideal 45-235 T&E stripper - my neighbour was a rep for the distributor some years ago. One click for the sheath (unless you got some crap cable with no talc), another for all the conductors at one time.
At the moment it's a combination of stanley knife for the sheath and Weidmuller Stripax for the conductors.

Either way, a squarely cut sheath looks far more professional than the "rip&strip" method.
 
I used to have the Ideal 45-235 T&E stripper - my neighbour was a rep for the distributor some years ago. One click for the sheath (unless you got some crap cable with no talc), another for all the conductors at one time.
At the moment it's a combination of stanley knife for the sheath and Weidmuller Stripax for the conductors.

Either way, a squarely cut sheath looks far more professional than the "rip&strip" method.
they dont look that bad actually, ive been using long nose pliers and stanley for a while now. much quicker to strip singles than having to put tool down then pick another up
 
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vernam616

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I always have and always will use Bahco side cutters, CK are really bad tools especially their side cutters, had the same bahco pair for 3 years now, albeit not as sharp as day one, however still puts brand new CK ones to shame

As for stripping flex, the Bahco ones are excellent as they have a very pointed end, just nip around the flex very gently then pull off the sheath, even works on HR flex
 
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daiplayer

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Cut through a live t+e....with no rcd......the zap creates luverly little grooves in a side cutter for stripping cables....kinda like the CK combi cutters......alternitavely.....allow the apprentice to do it.Good lesson on safe isolation for him . :devil:
 
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SteveGr

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Hi there.
Have someone used IRWIN VISE-GRIP Multi-Tool wire stripper?
 
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Specialist

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You might struggle to get a reply, the thread is 6 years old :rolleyes:.
 

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Don't people strip wires anymore @Specialist?
Cable shears do a very good job and train you to be careful. I use a jokari to strip the end of singles - great for 2nd fix and in tight spots.
 
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Specialist

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Don't people strip wires anymore @Specialist?
Cable shears do a very good job and train you to be careful. I use a jokari to strip the end of singles - great for 2nd fix and in tight spots.
Where did I say people don't strip wires anymore ?, Thought I merely pointed out that the poster was replying to a 6 year old thread & may struggle to get a response.
 

Rpa07

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They were asking anyone reading this bumped thread - joking but true!
I like it when threads get bumped - always a good read!
Where did I say people don't strip wires anymore ?, Thought I merely pointed out that the poster was replying to a 6 year old thread & may struggle to get a response.
 

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