Professional Tool Reviews for Pros


Manufacturer: Southwire

Our Southwire tool reviews put the new Southwire Made in America hand tools in the hands of professional electricians. We also cover their more sophisticated products. These include the Southwire LED string lights, releasable cable ties, and Southwire 600MCM ratcheting cable cutter. We aim to capture the pro journeyman electrician’s take on how these tools perform on the job. We do head-to-head testing and also test the features and functions of cutters, crimpers, and wire strippers. Our Pros also tell you exactly what you need to know. More and more of Southwire tools get manufactured in America each year. As a result, we’re seeing an increased interest from professional tradesmen who want them in their tool bags. Southwire Tool Reviews for Journeyman Electricians The Southwire tools below encompass everything you’ll likely use as an electrical worker. We cover everything from cable pullers to conduit benders and LED low bay lights.

Southwire Forged Wire Strippers

Southwire Forged Wire Stripper

The Southwire Forged Wire Stripper is feature-rich and built tough with heavy-duty forged steel. If you already read our review of Southwire’s Romex stripper, you’re going to see a lot of similarities and that’s a good thing. PROS Durable forged steel construction Wide jaw has aggressive knurling for secure gripping and twisting Scalloped cutting knives hold […]

Southwire Forged Romex Stripper SNM1214HD

Southwire Forged Romex Stripper SNM1214HD

Cover Romex First Cut to Final Loop with One Tool Using New Southwire Forged Romex Stripper Southwire is expanding its hand tool lineup with a more robust line of strippers and cutters. Up first on our plate is the Southwire Forged Romex Stripper. From The First Cut to the Final Loop We put Southwire’s new […]

Review9.2(out of 10)
Southwire TechnicianPro Bluetooth Multimeter

Southwire TechnicianPro Bluetooth Multimeter 14090T

The Southwire TechnicianPro Bluetooth Multimeter distinguishes itself from the rest of the TechnicianPro lineup with its exceptionally useful Bluetooth capability. In this review, I’ll show you how it – and the rest of the meter’s functions – work on the job. PROS Excellent value compared to other CAT IV multimeters with Bluetooth capability Bluetooth capability […]

Review8.7(out of 10)
Southwire Hawkbill

Southwire EdgeForce Hawkbill Pocket Knife

Regular readers know that we geek out (as the kids say) over pocket knives. While we use most of our tools only on the job, we carry our knives all the time. The day you forget your knife is the day you realize how often you actually use it. Although the drop point blade is probably the […]

Review9.2(out of 10)
Southwire 6-in-1 Screwdriver

Southwire 6-in-1 Screwdriver with Precision Bit Review

With so many combination tools available, my tool pouch has lost some weight and gained some space. You might have seen my recent review of Southwire’s 6-in-1 Heavy Duty Nut Driver. Well, this week, I have the Southwire 6-in-1 Screwdriver with Precision Bit in for review. The word “precision” being in the title should give […]

Review8.8(out of 10)
Southwire 6-in-1 Heavy-Duty Nut Driver

Southwire 6-in-1 Heavy Duty Nut Driver

If you’re not carrying around a multi-size nut driver, let me make your day: you can combine a bunch of tools and save space in your bag or pouch today! Sounds like an infomercial? Maybe so, but this kind of tool is very convenient for a task so common across the trades. Today, I’ve got the […]

Southwire Pocket Knife: EdgeForce D2 Steel For a Great Price

Southwire Pocket Knife: EdgeForce D2 Steel For a Great Price

Southwire might not be the first name that comes to mind when you’re looking for a new knife. They recently expanded with their EdgeForce lineup and there are definitely some points worth talking about. Each new Southwire pocket knife is very different from the other but they do have one thing in common: D2 steel blades. […]

Southwire 2-in-1 Adjustable Length Screwdriver

Southwire 2-in-1 Adjustable Length Screwdriver

The new Southwire 2-in-1 Adjustable Length Screwdriver pretty much tells you everything you need to know in the name. It includes a double-sided driver shaft with a #2 Phillips on one end and a 1/4″ slotted end on the other. You push the handle’s collar down to extend the shank out or push the collar […]

Southwire Electrician's Kit

Southwire Electrician’s Kit First Look

There are a handful of tools available that everyone, regardless of trade or experience, should own. Southwire does us all a solid by packaging three of them together for electricians. The Southwire Electrician’s Kit includes some of the all-time greats; a rust-resistant pair of stainless steel wire strippers, a non-contact voltage tester, and a 9-in-1 multi-bit screw/nut […]

Review9.8(out of 10)
Southwire Dual Range Non-Contact Voltage Tester

Southwire Dual Range Non-Contact Voltage Tester

Electricians know that the difference between a good and bad day can be the difference between live and dead wires. You might experience a lot of challenging situations, but voltage makes a clear distinction between safe and dangerous ones. As I’ve said before, it’s wise to de-energize. But there’s an important nuance in this profession: there […]