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Types of Pliers and Their Uses – Training the Apprentice

If ever there seemed to be a catch-all phrase in the world of hand tools, “pliers” might fit that bill. When you need to grip, position, twist, cut, tighten or loosen various things, pliers can cover a pretty broad range of applications. Their general design consists of two handles, a pivot, and a head. Consequently, […]

Review9.0(out of 10)
Klein Tools Kurve 8-18 AWG Heavy Duty Wire Stripper

Klein Kurve Heavy-Duty Wire Stripper Review

Klein has a remarkably deep bench of hand tools with over one hundred fifty types of pliers alone. More than fifty of those are strippers/cutters/crimpers. Today, I have one of the brand’s newest additions, the Klein Kurve Heavy-Duty Wire Stripper. The “Kurve” moniker is a stylized reference to the curve in one of the asymmetric handles designed for […]

Review8.2(out of 10)
Milwaukee Electrician Snips

Milwaukee Electrician Snips Review

For those of you in the electrical, installation, telecom, and network fields, Milwaukee has a new lineup of various VDV handtools and accessories. As one of the first releases in this series, the Milwaukee Electrician Snips adds some additional functionality to your standard wire snips. While there’s not much here on the feature side that […]

Review9.5(out of 10)

Klein Tools 9-Inch Angled Head Diagonal Cutting Pliers Review

If there’s one eternal truth about electrical work, it’s that wires need cuttin’. And what company has more experience with wire cutting tools than Klein whose first product in 1857 was, in fact, a pair of side cutting pliers? Now Klein offers many different types of wire cutters, one of which is the Klein Tools 9-Inch […]

Milwaukee M18 FORCE LOGIC 9T Utility Cutter

Milwaukee M18 Force Logic 1590 ACSR Cable Cutter

There’s a new cutter option for utility linemen in the Milwaukee M18 Force Logic 1590 ACSR Cable Cutter. It features an automatically-closing, self-latching jaw that can be opened with one hand. It works even while wearing Class 3 gloves. The cutter delivers up to 200 cuts per charge on the XC 5.0 battery. Even better? It […]

Ridgid 18V RE 6 Electrical Tool

Ridgid 18V RE 6 Electrical Tool

The Ridgid 18V RE 6 Electrical Tool consolidates three tools into one with interchangeable heads for cutting through wire, crimping lugs, and knockout punching electrical boxes. The scissor cutter head cuts through wire up to 750 kcmil and uses a steel guard to keep the blades aligned. The 4-pin dieless crimp head can crimp lugs up […]

Review9.0(out of 10)
Milwaukee Gen II Combination Wire Pliers panel

Milwaukee Gen II Combination Wire Pliers Review

When we reviewed the original Milwaukee 6 in 1 Combination Pliers and the Milwaukee 6 in 1 Long Nose Pliers several years ago, we felt they were adept tools that offered a lot of features most electricians would find extremely useful. Indeed, our own Ben Parker who does this kind of work for a living, agreed wholeheartedly once we put them […]

Klein Tools 11061 Self-Adjusting Wire Strippers Cutters

Klein Self-Adjusting Wire Stripper Cutter

We don’t normally recommend checking out strippers, but in this case we’ll make an exception. Two new Klein strippers/cutters came to the market, and they have some nice features for electricians. First off, the company improved on its popular Katapult wire strippers by adding a built-in 8-22 AWG wire cutter. The Klein Self-Adjusting Wire Stripper […]

Klein Tools Self-Adjusting Wire Stripper/Cutter 11061 Preview

Klein Tools just debuted a new Self-Adjusting Wire Stripper/Cutter (11061) that has a stripping head that adjusts to accommodate 10-20 AWG solid, 12-22 AWG stranded, and 12/2 & 14/2 wire. You’re going to want to use this tool when you’re working in panels and other locations where you are expecting to deal with multiple wire […]

Klein-Kurve Dual NM K1412 Wire Strippers/Cutters Review

Klein-Kurve Dual NM K1412 Wire Strippers Review

There’s something about having good hand tools. When you’ve got them, you never want to go back to anything less, and when you don’t have them, they really make an impact when you finally get to a point where you can put your hands on something that’s really designed well and performs perfectly for the job at hand. When we decided to rewire a two-story 1920 home in our neighborhood, it was obvious that the job would require great hand tools. For all of our wire stripping needs, we turned to Klein and their Klein-Kurve K1214 Dual NM (Non-Metal) Cable Strippers. These are reported to be among the best 12/2 and 14/2 wire strippers you’ll find on the market and they are something we see a lot of out in the work force.