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Old 02-27-2011, 02:27 AM   #1
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I just lost my strippers somehow and I'm looking for one equal to or better than then. Here is my old pair.

http://www.amazon.com/Klein-1011-Str...8787428&sr=1-6

They worked great but I really need help on deciding which pair to buy based on one factor - the loop holes. I used a bigger pair for a day and the loops were nothing like the one I lost. I don't know how many real electricians use the loop holes (I'm still in school) but I feel like it helps me a lot, saves time, and does it perfect.. well the old one.

So I was wondering, are all loop holes the same or do they vary slightly? If you've used a pair you remember that stood out, please fill me in.
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Old 02-27-2011, 03:03 AM   #2
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I like ones that have screw cutters, at least 6-32 & 8-32. Some have 10-32 & 10-24. I think most types are pretty good on stripping wire.
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My advice is to get some ideal strippers and never look back. The loop holes take some getting used to after using the kleins, but it is well worth it.
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I will agree with ideals. Best i have owned
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I just lost my strippers somehow and I'm looking for one equal to or better than then. Here is my old pair.

http://www.amazon.com/Klein-1011-Str...8787428&sr=1-6

They worked great but I really need help on deciding which pair to buy based on one factor - the loop holes. I used a bigger pair for a day and the loops were nothing like the one I lost. I don't know how many real electricians use the loop holes (I'm still in school) but I feel like it helps me a lot, saves time, and does it perfect.. well the old one.

So I was wondering, are all loop holes the same or do they vary slightly? If you've used a pair you remember that stood out, please fill me in.


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Old 02-27-2011, 09:15 AM   #6
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The craftsman one is great. It's an exact replica of the Klein style, not the one you used but the other longer one . Plus there lifetime replacement, I'm on my third pair.
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These are the ones I use. I don't think klein makes them as every company out there has a pair that are identicle.
The crimpers on them suck but the screw cutters are great. I use them to cut screws almost as much as I do to strip wire.



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Right now I am using Ideal reflex. I've had two or 3 different models of every brand. IMO they all work about the same. Buy the brand that feels best in your hand.
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I just lost my strippers somehow and I'm looking for one equal to or better than then. Here is my old pair.

http://www.amazon.com/Klein-1011-Str...8787428&sr=1-6

They worked great but I really need help on deciding which pair to buy based on one factor - the loop holes. I used a bigger pair for a day and the loops were nothing like the one I lost. I don't know how many real electricians use the loop holes (I'm still in school) but I feel like it helps me a lot, saves time, and does it perfect.. well the old one.

So I was wondering, are all loop holes the same or do they vary slightly? If you've used a pair you remember that stood out, please fill me in.

These are the ones i use these days..http://www.amazon.com/Klein-11055-Kl...ref=pd_cp_hi_2
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I just lost my strippers somehow and I'm looking for one equal to or better than then. Here is my old pair.

http://www.amazon.com/Klein-1011-Str...8787428&sr=1-6

They worked great but I really need help on deciding which pair to buy based on one factor - the loop holes. I used a bigger pair for a day and the loops were nothing like the one I lost. I don't know how many real electricians use the loop holes (I'm still in school) but I feel like it helps me a lot, saves time, and does it perfect.. well the old one.

So I was wondering, are all loop holes the same or do they vary slightly? If you've used a pair you remember that stood out, please fill me in.

Have used the Ideal Stripmaster since they first came out. They last me maybe 2 years but the wear and tear they save on the hands and wrists is worth it. http://www.idealindustries.ca/produc...tripmaster.php
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I have the ideal kinetic reflex strippers and love them and i also have the klein kurve strippers. I like the fact that the ideal strippers have the plastic up higher for my thumb when I strip wire the kleins dont. Also the klein strippers loosen up over time.
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I generally get the Ideal one's that have up to a #8 skinning hole in them. I'm pretty picky about having sharp skinners, so I go through a pair every 4 or 5 months maybe. I don't spend a ton of money on the fancy one's, since everything goes dull in time.
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On a side note, does anyone else use the next size smaller hole?

Like for #10 I use the #12 hole, for #12 I use the #14 hole, so on and so forth.
It will give you a clean cut through the insulation.
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On a side note, does anyone else use the next size smaller hole?

Like for #10 I use the #12 hole, for #12 I use the #14 hole, so on and so forth.
It will give you a clean cut through the insulation.
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I prefer to use the right size hole for the wire. I have found that if you nick it at all, it could break off when you twist it.

That being said, when the strippers get worn, they do not strip the insulation properly, and make it a little more difficult.

Much as I hate to admit it, then I have to toss the stripper out and buy a new one.
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I use the Klein 11055, not a huge fan of them but they get the job done well enough. I somehow ended up 3 pairs though

-bottom, first pair of strippers ever lost them doing a projector plug during a rough in, found them again 4 months later second day after refinding them a live wire modified my 14 gauge hole keeping them for cutting questionable wires.

-middle, replacement pair for the pair i "lost" now my main strippers

-top, gift at the company christmas party still virgin

a few guys i know really like the crocs i'd buy a pair but i have to wear out all these ones first
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Wow lots of suggestions. Thanks. I'm looking through all of them. Do any of you guys have experience with the loop holes on them? They make my part easier
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On a side note, does anyone else use the next size smaller hole?

Like for #10 I use the #12 hole, for #12 I use the #14 hole, so on and so forth.
It will give you a clean cut through the insulation.

With klien I always did, not so with the ideals.

As for the holes, it seems to me the ideals are slightly farther in on the stripper and require you to concentrate on making a small loop more than the kliens do.
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I like my Greenlee ones, I'm pretty sure it's the klein above with green and yellow handles..
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