Show your wire strippers /diy/
I personally use this "Stripax", german quality from "Weidmüller".
Payed 70 Euros, and totally happy with it. Use it on my workplace for over a year, so i've decided to buy one for home.
minimal shit plastic, heavy thick frame so you can actually use the long nose plier without bending it like the thin metal klein stripper
not much to look at:
But I have 4 different wire strippers in my toolbox at work, and work with 7 other guys who have similar amounts of wire strippers, and these are my goto. I'll use whatever is there but these are the only ones I will actually go looking for.
They lock open just the right amount, and the front clamp just works correctly even when you use them for the wrong thing.
They are part of a set, the pa1117 and pa1118 i think. Between the two they go from 10awg to 30awg.
Pretty cheap so after a few years of professional use they are showing age/use but still damn fine and highly replaceable.
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Wow, all of you have terrible choice in strippers. These are really the only option if you do a ton of wiring.
>All these plebs.
I strip 19-26g with this shit all day every day for years. Never damages conductor. Almost always works first time.
I don't understand people who say things like "I can't strip these wires because my stripper doesn't have a hole the right size". I've always use wire cutters and needle nose pliers like this. Work is faster when you do everything with the same two tools instead of juggling specialized ones.
holy fuck no I can't imagine stripping equipment wire with a huge wire cutter like that.
i have an autostripper like op for fast and furious work and i use a springy stripper thing with just the single hole so not a babby tier shit stripper for specific wire but not a huge cumbersome thing that leaves all raggedy edges on the insulation either.
saying that i use vde line pliers to form and to hold while stripping.
Yes, everyone competent in electronics can strip a wire with anything sharp-ish (fuck, teeth will do in a pinch). That doesn't mean having a dedicated tool isn't better.
I have the Radio Shack branded version of pic related. This is easily one of my most favored tools.
In Aus if you use anything more than combi pliers you'd be laughed off site.
For large diameter or solid core wire, yeah, there's no point to using anything more than Linesmen's pliers.
For multiple conductor work with small conductors like cat 5e cables or other signal applications (especially in live audio networking jobs) it gets more complicated, and damage to the conductor becomes a problem.
Try using those on 30ga wire.
Also, as a professional, you should be using wire strippers faggot. A good pair will save you time and carpal tunnel.
>how mant times...right tool for the right job.
Its frightening hearing about some of you guys' wire stripping ideas.
I was trained in air force and now work at rocketlab as a harness tech and would never dream of using diamond die type strippers or teeth or a fucking knife.
Strictly use circular die, or a scalpel.
I bet you guys dont even cut the insulation straight, just terminate right over those pig tails
I usually use the one on the right, it works just fine. When I forget I have that I just use a box cutter.
I used to have one like the one in my picture but I lost it somewhere. It was really, really, really good. Very cheap, very small and very usefull.
In my workplace, a fabrication shop for a large electrical contractor, we use various needle-nose style wire strippers, not razor knives or teeth.
It is considered using the proper tool for the job according to visiting UL inspectors and considered to be compliant to NEC 110.12 by the shop foreman and the QC.. so.. that is that.
If you do something all day every day and getting the right tool is going to save you the headache/speed up the work/give better results then not dropping $40 on a fantastic tool is just flat out retarded. Fuck off.
Not sure if troll or just very stupid. There's a difference between using crap that works and tools that actually work well. Hell, in cases like >>943228, you could (theoretically) LITERALLY BE FIRED for adopting your attitude.
The vast majority of tools in general aren't there because they're needed, they're there because they do a job, one way or another, better than everything else.
>literally be fired
If you are actually employed by someone it's their duty to provide the tools you are obligated to use.
If you're buying over priced gimmick shit yourself that's down to you. And I stand by the fact you don't need to buy expensive gimmick shit to strip wire insulation. If you do, that's only a reflection of your lack of dexterity.
>And I stand by the fact you don't need to buy expensive gimmick shit to strip wire insulation. If you do, that's only a reflection of your lack of dexterity.
And other people actually have real jobs where high efficiency and time are important.
Im not sure why you are proud to take more time and spend more effort to do something simple.
Who wouldnt buy the best tools available to make your working life easier?
>>literally be fired
>If you are actually employed by someone it's their duty to provide the tools you are obligated to use.
>doesn't into a real job
They have to provide safety equipment, but they don't have to provide tools. Given, most places do, but for instance I had to borrow from my coworkers until I could buy everything myself: from tweekers and ratchets to a Fluke. And you know what? Even though I don't do a "ton" of wiring like some of the guys ITT it's still worth it for me to drop $38 on a good pair of automatic wire strippers because, unlike some people, I don't have to show off how edgy I am while I work. You don't get paid to be a hipster faggot, you get paid to produce results.
pic related, costs around 20 odd euros. By far the most used wire striping tool at the local hackerspace, and we have several, including a 100+ euro knipex that is a total POS.
I used and broke just about every wire stripper there is especially with heavy wires like the european FG7 standard. At the end of the day a simple pair of scissors in my humble opinion is the best solution. personally i find that the ones with the wide curve at the bottom are much easier to use as they are able to get more surface of the plastic without touching the actual wire. They are especially useful for mobile use wires like "Chain flex" etc..
I thought something wasn't right .. When you need To connect 50 3 phase 1,5kw motors (4g 2,5 fg7) a working wire stripper would be the most fantastic thing since sliced bread.what would you use?
There's nothing really wrong with using odd things as strippers on heavy-gauge wire. Last time I had to run some heavier wiring to a lug I just used a utility knife to deeply score the insulation and then pulled it off with some pliers. Dedicated (and good) wire strippers that can handle around 6AWG or above tend to be expensive and impractical, since most people don't do enough work with that kind of wire for the investment to be worth it.
It's also much more difficult to appreciably damage the conductor in such wire when even the stranded stuff is spun out of solid 14AWG.
I've got a pair of these
They are very far from the best strippers on the planet, and farther still from the most expensive thing in my tool bag, but they make quick work of the insulation on the occasional #8 to #4 wire I have to deal with. #22 to #10 I use this
I recently aquired a Thomas&Betts AB.MK1, pic related. €6 on ebay :-) It's quite vintage, and the quality is solid. The blades are actually made of many stacked layers of punched sheet metal. They rest on rubber pads (which I had to renew, the olde ones decomposed somehow), so they can recess and apply even pressure on the wire insulation. Everything can be well adjusted, and this is currently my favorite stripper for 0,05m2 (30AWG) to 1,5mm2 (16AWG). For everything else, I take this one:
It works well from 26-14AWG.
If you insist of wire stripping with a knife at least use the right kind.
I just shoot a bunch of $$$ at it until it strips itself.