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Klein Hybrid Pliers with Crimper

Klein Hybrid Pliers J215-8CR Vogue
PTR Review
  • Build Quality 9.3
  • Design 9.2
  • Ergonomics 8.9
  • Value 8.7

I've become partial to the Klein Tools Hybrid Pliers for its highly efficient combination of functions - it just needs to add an insulated crimper to be perfect!

Overall Score 9.0 (out of 10)

It’s clear that working efficiently is the key to happy customers and more invoices. But ways to streamline our work don’t always jump out at us when we’ve always done it that way. I have a tool pouch with wire strippers/cutters, pliers, crimpers, and maybe some screw shears. How much more efficient can I be? Well, quite a bit as it turns out. With the help of the new Klein Hybrid Pliers with Crimper, I can drop another tool (or two) from my belt.

Although Klein already offers a wide selection of similar tools, the company sensed the tradesmen’s need for an all-in-one tool that can strip, cut, twist, shear, and crimp. What’s nice is they don’t make this stuff up. They actually go out and ask electricians what they could use on the job site.

I was happy to see if Klein Tools struck the right note.

Quick Features Summary

  • Strips 10-14 AWG solid and 12-16 stranded wire
  • High-leverage design
  • Wide, knurled head
  • 6-32 and 8-32 bolt shearing
  • Crimps non-insulated connectors, lugs and terminals
  • Full length, induction hardened cutting knives



A great hybrid tool has to thread a needle by performing each function in a way that doesn’t detract from any of the others. As I built control panels for large industrial pumps and performed other electrical work, the Klein Hybrid Pliers crimped, cut screws, and stripped, cut, and twisted wire beautifully. A lot of new guys will nick smaller gauge wire because they use their regular Kleins for stripping. I’ve had enough practice that I don’t do that anymore, but if you’re an apprentice—or working in a hurry—the Hybrids are just about foolproof.

Not the Only Hybrid Tool

Klein isn’t new to hybrid tools. Take the Klein Kurve heavy duty wire stripper. The sole complaint I heard about those strippers concerned the knurling. Some guys said it wasn’t aggressive enough for twisting wire efficiently. But this new hybrid has more aggressive knurling with a strong grip. In short, you can quickly cut, strip, and twist wires easily before putting on a wire nut.

Reviewer’s Note: To this day I use a pair of Kleins (or similar) to twist wires before applying a wire nut. That’s how I was taught, and it preps the wires so that the wire nuts get a better and more secure bite. It’s just a safer way to do the job. Even so, I’ve seen many guys fail to perform this quick step. Don’t be that guy!

I consider the lack of a spring and lock a Pro, although you may think otherwise. It’s annoying to have to lock pliers to keep them from springing open. It slows me down and can make it a little difficult to remove the tool from a pouch or pants pocket.

The crimper’s thickness is a big advantage. Compare its width to your traditional stamped wire strippers with crimper like the Klein long nose wire strippers, and you’ll immediately see what I mean. You’ll get a much better crimp with the Klein Tools Hybrid Pliers’ design. However…


The crimper is only for non-insulated crimps. Unfortunately, most of my work is insulated—and so is a lot of professionals’ work. If this tool had both, it would truly be a home run for Klein.

Price & Value

The Klein Tools Hybrid Pliers don’t have a lot of direct competition, but two similar tools come to mind.

First, Stanley’s Fatmax FMHT75086 which costs about $17. They are well-reviewed—just not by a lot of professional electricians. It might be a solid pair for the homeowner or electrician’s apprentice. Also, the Southwire MPSCP multi-tool plier prices out around $30 but lacks a crimper.

The Bottom Line

I’ve become partial to the Klein Hybrid Pliers for its highly efficient combination of functions. It only needs to add an insulated crimper to be perfect!

Klein Hybrid Pliers with Crimper Features

  • Multi-purpose tool saves time and lessens the tool count
  • Strips 10-14 AWG solid and 12-16 stranded wire
  • High-leverage design for more cutting power
  • Wide knurled head easily grabs and twists wires
  • 6-32 and 8-32 bolt shearing
  • Crimps non-insulated connectors, lugs, and terminals
  • Full length, induction hardened cutting knives for hard wire

Klein Tools Hybrid Pliers with Crimper Specifications

  • Item Number: J215-8CR
  • Application: Strip (10-14 SLD)(12-16 STR), Bolt Shear #6-32 and #8-32, Crimps Non-Insulated Connectors, Lugs and Terminals, Cuts Screws, Nails and Most Hardened Wire
  • Jaw dimensions
    • Length: 2 in.
    • Width: 0.5 in.
    • Thickness: 0.5 in.
    • Capacity: 1.5 in.
  • Knife Length: 0.75 in.
  • Cut style: Side-cutting
  • Joint type: Hot Rivet
  • Handle Finish: Journeyman
  • Handle Length: 5.75 in.
  • Dimensions: 8 x 1 x 0.5 in.
  • Weight: 0.062 lbs.
  • Price: $38.61

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Richard R

Just give me an early 80s -90s pair of HD side cutters and leave the fancy new uncomfortable hybrids in the house for the wife. Trust in the original quality of Klein not this new multi tasking instant gratification world. Good electric work is not done in haste and a place to miss the reason we are electricians. To install the things others have no wild Idea of . We keep the human race cool and comfortable but the main reason is quality in the work you install. Unfortunately the new age is not of the same quality or patience.… Read more »

Mike Petrik

I have my Hybrids for a few months now and can’t imagine working without them, they hit all the right boxes for me. I would highly recommend any professional electrician try them out next time they are at a suppliers, you will likely leave with a pair!

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