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So my knipex install pliers showed up today and due to an oversight on my part they are tooled for European conductor sizes. Hopefully the picture turned out, I'm on my phone. Does anyone know offhand how this will work on 12 and 14 awg?


 

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No, they won't work, at least not well. I have to strip metric wire all the time and AWG strippers either cut off the strands, or don't cut the insulation enough to strip easily. The exact same thing will happen using a metric stripper on AWG wire.
 

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Big John said:
It never even would've occurred to me until after-the-fact. Can you return them for an SAE version?
I don't think so anymore....

I got them from an overseas seller apparently. The trouble of returning them and then waiting for the new ones doesn't gel with my compulsion for instant gratification. I'll buy new ones and either sell these or just keep them around; I do work on foreign machines from time to time
 

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To answer your question, it may not be that great.

AFAIK:
The ".7-1.5" strippers will roughly correspond to
18-16 gauge.
The 2.5 rougly corresponds to 14AWG.

For 12, you will have to back off on the pressure, or get
a tool meant for that wire size.
 

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UPDATE: They work just fine for 12 stranded. Not even the tiniest of a knick. Haven't tried 14 yet
 

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I got a pair on Amazon,got to pay Jersey sales tax,but they arrived for use in the US. I started abusing em' yesterday, used em' for a hammer,pry bar, twisted the crap out of em' and they are still fine. Klein better start paying attention! I also got a pair NWS cable cutters and a set of bolt cutters,they all work as Nik said! I definitely am not buying that Fluke 289!
 
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