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I’m used to the Klein Curve bent tip cutters, that are sadly discontinued probably due to some patent dispute. Compared to those this tool is double wide.
These things work fine, been using them for a month and haven’t seen them degrade or lose any sharpness.
The problem I have with them is the double sided feature, it seems like a great idea at first. One tool for both 14/2 and 12/2! But the problem comes in when trying to use them for their intended purpose in a full box. You kind of need to pay attention to the other sides cutter so you don’t cut anything as they are just wide enough to reach the wire on the other side of a 1-gang. Usually being able to turn two tools in to one is a great thing as it means lighter tool bags. In this case I prefer the Klein approach using separate tools. I hardly ever find myself running 14/2 and 12/2 at the same time. To be honest if you find them in the same box a lot, where this tool would really shine, you might just be doing something wrong.
Handy to have, not a game changer. Hope they make individual versions one day. Oh and they feel good in the hand...
Recieved these Romex strippers yesterday (May 16th 2020). I was not initially impressed with the sturdiness of the strippers, there is a slight wiggle in the action and I suspect over time this could prove to be the undoing of the tools effectiveness. Expected a bit more robust construction at the price point and "Made in the USA" label. Immediately put them to work on a rewire project in the bedrooms after successfully testing on a scrap piece of 12/2 Romex. I was able to easily strip the sheathing off 6 inch ends of 12/2 Romex pulled through single and double gang boxes. Did about 20 strips on day one... Here is a list of my pros and cons about this item
Pros: 1. Easily strips 12/2 Romex sheathing without damaging the insulation of wires inside the cable. One depression on handles was sufficient to score the sheathing and allow me to cleanly pull it off
2. Tool is relatively small and able to fit in the tight confines of gang despite the dual nature (12/2 on one side and 15/2 on the other side) of the business end of stripper. Did not find it terribly difficult (but not easy!) to navigate in the boxes unlike one previous review of this product that I read prior to purchasing.
Cons: 1. This really would have been better as two tools! One for 12/2 and another for 14/2 cable. Despite being able to fit the business end into standard single gang boxes, would be even more convenient if a single size strip end was on the strippers. I would have happily bought both tools. Takes a little patience and navigation the way its set up.
2. The construction seems a little flimsy. Concerned about durability
3. Works great for standard large size blue gang boxes but some of the grey crimp style boxes I like to use have the cable come in rotated at 90 degrees. While I was still able to use the tool in there, was quite difficult to get it just the right angle and can't actually pull sheathing off with the strippers, simply able to score it then fumble about and pull off by hand. Because of the uncomfortable angles, I had some concern about damaging the insulation of wires withing sheathing.
4. Little expensive for what you get in terms of quality.
Hope this was able to help!! If the tool holds up over a few months, I'll come back and bump the stars given from 3 to 4!
Flimsy, clumsy to work with, difficult to use in a single gang box with more than one cable in it. The cutter and wire stripper is on the inside of the handle forcing you to release your grip to insert wire/cable adding time to the job. The cable stripping part is really hard to tell #12 from #14 (poorly labeled and no way to know “which end is up”).
While I'm not an Electrician by trade I do allot of electrical work on my home, rentals, neighbors, relatives, etc...For me these cutters are the cats meow, so to speak...Especially in gang boxes which is what they were designed for...
There are multiple ways to cut and pull...I usually cut and then grab the outer insulation with the middle of the head on the cutters and then pull it off...Other just cut and pull the insulation with the other hand...While the old inexpensive cutters where you rip the entire length of the insulation still work, these really are quicker and leave a more professional cut than just using diagonal cutters after ripping...
I can see where some might view these cutters as cumbersome with multiple wires in the gang box, I've never found this to be a problem...I either moves the wires to the side, rotate the cutter 180 degrees, or both to facilitate the cut...
I have no idea how long they will stay sharp but with a little ingenuity they can be sharpened...I know they will stay sharp much longer than the cheapo length rip cutters...
Basically though, I still prefer my Klein Tools 11061 Wire Stripper / Wire Cutter for Solid and Stranded AWG Wire, Heavy Duty Kleins that are Self Adjusting for non gang box Romex work...One grip to cut the outer Romex insulation and one more to strip up to three wires...If you need really short strips, these Southwire cutters are still preferred though...
These Southwire cutters are fairly new to the market and I'm glad I found them when I did...
I was looking for something to make it easier to strip the casing off of Romex. The old standard tool is hard for arthritic hands. This is not the tool. It does not cut the casing cleanly and you wind up pulling and twisting and cussing to get it to cut. In the end it is more effort than the old tool. After four attempts on 14-2, I gave it up. Just one other note of disappointment: This tool is proudly made in the USA. After the four attempts I made to use the tool, I looked at the cutting surface and it is already bunged up. There is no way to sharpen it or replace it. We can do better than this in the USA, can't we?
Defiantly purchase!! The positives:Okay this review is being written after using this tool extensively on an electrical job. I have put this tool through its paces. I have installed 50 recepticles, 20 light switches, and 20 can lights. It has failed once. You cut romex sheathing which tool has. Then remove paper covering ground. Then use the stripper which the tool has. Then use built in hole on tool to loop wire. Attach wire to plug. The tool even has flat pliers in front to grab wires and twist for grounds and the like. I will be recommending this tool to everyone I know and will be purchasing a few more as well. The negatives: there is only one. The handle covering slid off when first used. A few dabs of super glue and problem solved. I suggest they use a better bonding agent to attach handle covers to metal tool and they will be perfect. I hope this helps everyone who reads this.
I had high hopes for this tool. However, it is somewhat of a useless tool. I'm not some old tradesman that sticks to his guns. I like trying new tools. This one however doesn't seem usable. I tried stripping some 14/2 and 12/2 romex and it was extremely hard to pull the jacket back. It would be easier if you use a utility knife to score the jacket lengthwise in addition to using this Romex stripper. At that point, you're still having to use an extra tool to get the job done, so there's no sense in carrying this tool when a knife and dykes will get it done. Also, the blue handle grips slide off without much effort. In order to pull the romex jacket off, you need to use a very high amount of force which will cause the handle grips to slip off. And you'll probably whack yourself in the stomach every time you do it, too.
Kinda a push on the tool as you pull on the insulation, tool works great and quick. just did a total rewiring job used the crap out of these. Few guys where surprised how fast n easily I was doing all these boxes. Work smarter not harder. Definitely a sturdy lil tool occward in a pouch tho.
Overpriced, but they do work. You're just paying for a 'name brand' specialty tool. Realistically it's not needed and standard wire cutters or a utility knife will work just as well. These pliers, however, do have a handy purpose that others don't - it makes it easier to pull wire through the gang boxes. So I suppose that's a positive feature of the pliers. Another thing I don't like is that the grips of the pliers slide off. I need to glue them on or when using as pulling pliers, the handle cover things do slide right off. It's kind of a pain in the rear, but gluing them on solves that issue. They are sharp and cut the wire and strips them easily. But l they are just over priced for the purpose when a basic pair will do the job just as well.