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Just curious, who uses pliers instead of wire strippers to strip wire. I always use pliers, never strippers. I guess that’s how I was taught 40 years ago.
 

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Just curious, who uses pliers instead of wire strippers to strip wire. I always use pliers, never strippers. I guess that’s how I was taught 40 years ago.
Auto strippers if working production, knife or Stanley blade for bigger conductors and cables, pliers in a pinch. I’ve always been a assembly line, production type Mechanic/Wireman/ Lectrician.


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I always used wire strippers. I only used linemans in a pinch. Now I have these. I bought my first pair of Knipex lineman’s at the same time, but never use them. The Klein multi tool is the go to.
 

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I always used wire strippers. I only used linemans in a pinch. Now I have these. I bought my first pair of Knipex lineman’s at the same time, but never use them. The Klein multi tool is the go to.
I have the blue handled heavy duty strippers, but I'd like to switch to those hybrid pliers. They just keep working well enough I haven't dropped another $40 for a pair of the hybrids. I almost never use my linemans but to use as a hammer. I think for romex they'd still be worth having?
 

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Lineman's for solid, auto-strippers for stranded.
 

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auto strippers for everything up to #10
Linoleum knife for everything bigger
Lineman's in a pinch.
 

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I use Klein romex strippers for everything except cutting large wire. I use my Klein pliers as pliers and never strip wires. I had to repair partially cut wires on dozens of receptacles from someone using pliers incorrectly.
 

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I always used wire strippers. I only used linemans in a pinch. Now I have these. I bought my first pair of Knipex lineman’s at the same time, but never use them. The Klein multi tool is the go to.
I have those and I like them. However a major flaw is that you can't cut screws short enough for tile backdplashes. The head of the linesman is too wide. I posted a picture awhile back and will try to find it.
Consequently those don't travel with me anymore and are reserved for bottle opening.

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I always used wire strippers. I only used linemans in a pinch. Now I have these. I bought my first pair of Knipex lineman’s at the same time, but never use them. The Klein multi tool is the go to.
Just recently bought a pair of these hybrids and love them so far.
 

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Just recently bought a pair of these hybrids and love them so far.
Also bought a version of those with blue handles, but they don’t have the lock on them to keep them closed. Similar but aren’t called the hybrids. They do come in handy.


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Also bought a version of those with blue handles, but they don’t have the lock on them to keep them closed. Similar but aren’t called the hybrids. They do come in handy.


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Mine have blue handles, no lock or spring. I felt the spring loaded ones would get annoying.
 

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Mine have blue handles, no lock or spring. I felt the spring loaded ones would get annoying.
Yes, like that, but I might be coaxed if the price is right. My favorite are my 2 Klein and sons from 1929 and 1924, and close for 2nd or 3rd my Kraeuter stamped Western Union. None of which ever had grips.


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Once you cut a live wire with your linemans and blow a chunk out of the blade, they work great as strippers
That works best when you cut 2 live conductors or 2 ungrounded and one grounded conductor, that way there’s 2 or three perfectly sized holes!


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Does anyone here use a set of Southwires ? I lost my Klein romex strippers and I sort of miss them for rough ins. Was thinking on trying the ones from Southwire with the linesman tip.
 
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