Wire strippers for 16-22AWG wires (custom sleeving)

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  1. Jlirv

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    I went mad and I've bought sleeving to start custom sleeving. It'll be an expensive learning experience but for the price of one set I could teach my self how to do it and then sleeve when ever I want.

    So anyway. I was wondering if someone could recommend me a stripping tool. These automatic ones look pretty handy. Ensure a consistent strip each time too.

    Thoughts?
     
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    These are the ones I use for electrical control cabinets at work, however they might not be the cheapest, so have also linked a cheaper set.

    Weid Muller Stripax

    Knipex Wire Stripper

    Cheers Fusion
     
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    I use a version of those ^ that cost $7 best $7 I spent!

    Look like this
     
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    Actually after a good stripper myself (both the wire and the female dancer types)
    The Knippex unit you linked caught my eye.
    Incase the info is handy to anyone else it can be had from Amazon for $20AUD less than locally, postage included.
    The Knippex side cutters i got on sale from Element 14 are great, so might be they are a good middle of the road brand?
    Anyone with more experience care to comment on the brand?
     
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    I've also used these for years, different brand though.
     
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    Thanks mate. This is exactly what I was looking for. I'll probably pick on up another time once I get a bit better at sleeving overall.


    I picked up some Irwin strippers $35 delivered.

    Overall between the tools required and supplies this has been quite the expensive journey lol. Really hope I'm a natural at sleeving lol! That ROI!
     
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    I have used those Weidmuller's, great tool. It can also strip the outer sheath off shielded cable.

    Though my usual workhorses are sideys and 4 decade old pair of this type of stripper
     
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    I don't do much sleeving in my line of work, but i'll throw my opinion in.

    these are the ducks nuts. if you are looking to increase your speed and want a perfect repeatable strip, these are the go.

    Not a fan personally. not great for lefties. really dont like the strip action on these style strippers.

    I have a similar pair. have not used them for years. ok when working perfectly, but have a tendency to gum up and stick, which can result in the blade contacting your freshly stripped strands and making a mess of them. probably not an issue for this project, but when terminating thousands of cables, becomes annoying.

    cool product. seems quite slow though.

    My picks:
    Red Black Panthers by Sterling - If you need to cut things often at work or in the shed, these are the shit. Don't get the black or blue ones, the red are superior. Additionally they have a notch in the blade, and guess what? The best not-actually-a-cable-stripping-tool i've ever used to strip cable. If you are in the field, one less tool to carry.

    Parrots Beak style cutters. They will give you an effortless and clean cut, even through thicker HV duble insulation. Many brands make them, but this seems like a pretty good deal. I'm planning on getting a pair to trail, as the more known name brands are quite pricey for such a basic tool.

    Both will require you develop a little "feel" for stripping cable, but it will save you a lot of time by not having to change tools in the long run.

    Bouns: If you are using a lot of zip ties and want a clean cut that doesn't leave a tab to rip your skin off, flush cutters.
     
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    That's interesting to hear, I assume you mean they don't open up properly after the strip and before the two halves come back together? The only time I've had that problem with these is if I don't depress the handle enough while trying to do it too quickly and this is after tens of thousands of strips. All I've ever had to do to it is adjust the cutters to line up properly a few times times and keep it oiled (A lot of field work so if I don't oil tools they rust quickly).

    The only sort of cable it has a lot of trouble with, other than just being the wrong size, is SJOW, SOOW, W-Type etc. cable that has the rubber insulation. It just flat out does not work so I use a knife for that sort of cable.
     
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    This. If I'm going to bother using wire strippers over just pliers, the kinchromes are the way to go. Best you'll get without going to expensive ones.

    Parrot beaks are essential if you start venturing into the larger cables.

    Flush cut side cutters if you're not a monster and don't want everyone after you to hate you.
     
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    This.

    I've had a set I bought like 20 years ago, still work great today.

    For really big stuff - bigger than about 10GA, parrots are the go. Takes a bit more skill/care to do without damaging the conductors.
     
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    It could very well be build quality playing a decent part. Mine are not Snap-on.

    The other thing i don't like about them, is you need the jaws for the types of cables you are stripping. They aren't universal, but can be used most of the time. I've found it does affect the quality of the cut.

    One of the main things I like about them is they are universal. I'm using various sizes of single core, shielded cables, double insulated, and HV stuff. One tool, no settings required, do it all by feel. Does not take long to develop the feel at all either.

    There is supposed to be a weidmuller product that will cut, strip and crimp bootlace / ferrules all in one, and take's the joined ferrules. I've never used it, and generally try to avoid ferrules, but if that's your thing, it would be a big time saver.
     
  17. Life_Essence

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    So this brings up another question, have you tried stripping SJOOW type cable ie. this with the type of stripper you like whether it be Knipex/Weid like those linked or whatever brand you have? Because looking at the blade geometry of those two it's going to have exactly the same problem as mine do trying to cut the stupid squishy, stretchy rubber of that type of cable?

    Also, I'm not just asking this just to argue or defend my purchase, I'm actually curious on a professional level cause if this can, with proof, cut this type of jacket cleanly and consistently then I'm happy to spend $200+ on a set of strippers to strip this one type of cable.

    +1 for parrot jaws to, I got a huge one that'll cut 4/0AWG and it still cuts tiny 26 gauge no worries. Just one tip though if you do get a pair, NEVER, EVER cut steel wire with then, they are ONLY for electrical wire. To give an analogy it's like using cloth scissors to cut paper. Or better yet a chainsaw to cut bricks.
     

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