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Old 01-19-2010, 11:42 PM   #1
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In other threads the topic of Channellock making Ideals Lazeredge line of tools came up.

My boss and I were talking about Ideal and he said that AMP makes all the wire strippers for the major manufacturers. Back when the factory was In Sunbury, Pa he had the electrical renovations contract, all the Ideal, Klein, and Channellock strippers came from that factory, of coarse with different grips.

If a pair of strippers had any defect in the product, even a size marking not printed right, they pulled the grips off and destroyed the tool. He got talking to some workers and they gave him a bunch of the grips that they were throwing away, along with some defective strippers. He had to re fit the grips but he even still has 1 or 2 pair left in his filing cabinet.
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Old 01-20-2010, 11:48 AM   #2
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In other threads the topic of Channellock making Ideals Lazeredge line of tools came up.

My boss and I were talking about Ideal and he said that AMP makes all the wire strippers for the major manufacturers. Back when the factory was In Sunbury, Pa he had the electrical renovations contract, all the Ideal, Klein, and Channellock strippers came from that factory, of coarse with different grips.

If a pair of strippers had any defect in the product, even a size marking not printed right, they pulled the grips off and destroyed the tool. He got talking to some workers and they gave him a bunch of the grips that they were throwing away, along with some defective strippers. He had to re fit the grips but he even still has 1 or 2 pair left in his filing cabinet.
I believe that I would not re-use a grip that was part of something being thrown away.
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Electro, Are you from Shick, Seals or somewhere near there?
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Are they still made by AMP to your knowledge?
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Are they still made by AMP to your knowledge?

Yes, to my knowledge,They are still made by AMP but in their Harrisburg Pa Plant.
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Yes, to my knowledge,They are still made by AMP but in their Harrisburg Pa Plant.
True. They make them at the 38th street plant.
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Hey! What you using my name for. I don't make tools. I use em, not make em.
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True. They make them at the 38th street plant.

And they still make various Klein, Ideal, Channelock strippers? Is there any particular reason why they are all sourced from AMP, other than AMP has perfected the process?
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And they still make various Klein, Ideal, Channelock strippers? Is there any particular reason why they are all sourced from AMP, other than AMP has perfected the process?
Beats me. AMP made the "champ tool" way back in the 1940's, if I remember rightly. I guess they were the innovators in precision toolmaking. I don't know if they still make for all those brands in particular, but I know they at least make the all the tooling that makes those tools for those manufacturers.

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