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Been playing around with the strippers klein sent me To review/give feedback on. Just wanted to get everyone's opinion on the new style. These will not replace their standard strippers I don't think, they are too bulky, and are just kind of half of each tool instead of a combination of two good tools. They also do not have a locking mechanism that will keep them closed in a tool bag or belt.

 

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I will probably have the same problem with those as I do with the milwaukee version. Both companies have taken a tool that is light and does it's job very well and "improved" it by making it weigh twice as much.
 

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I can't twist my wires with neddle noses, well of course I can
but why waste time... These are not for me...
 

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Honestly, the lack of lock (and spring) is why I like my 1010 over the rest of their strippers.
 

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Yeah, resize the pic to maybe 600 pixels wide.

First you edit your post and delete the monstrosity.

Then you learn how to re-size before posting.
 

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kinda like Milwaukee 6IN1 Combination Pliers 48-22-3069 but w/o plastic lock
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If it will cost not more then Milwaukee - I'll buy one when they become available
 

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These remind me of the new Knipex "Installation Pliers" they introduced last year. Klein getting a bit nervous? I don't see why. These types of pliers are neither fish nor fowl to me.

I won't buy long nose pliers with a cutter in them. Long nose pliers are at their best when their jaw tips can come together cleanly. The cutters make this impossible in most cases. If you look at the second photo in the OPs post you will see what I mean by the tip separation. I note that Knipex has managed to get their tips to join cleanly. Still not a fan of the style. I use the discontinued Klein D314-8 long reach, long nose(really a short nose comparatively) with no cutter. They are made for holding and locating small parts and bending and holding wire where you want it and not for cutting cable, stripping conductors, etc.

Some like the heavier Klein models with cutters and other features and these will likely appeal to them but I would just as soon use a diagonal cutter for cutting and a wire stripper for stripping. Is it me or do the jaws on these new pliers(both Knipex and Klein) look a bit too long to be balanced very well? Just wondering since I have not used either one.

 

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This Knipex Installation pliers are a bit (very) different tool. Have this one also.
Only 2 Wire Stripper holes, but + Crimp zone and + Gripping zone for round stuff
More universal =)
If Klein will "copy" Knipex's priсe...
 

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Mayan Koyote said:
This Knipex Installation pliers are a bit (very) different tool. Have this one also. Only 2 Wire Stripper holes, but + Crimp zone and + Gripping zone for round stuff More universal =) If Klein will "copy" Knipex's priсe...
I bought it. Pretty decent tool except it can't crimp worth a damn
 

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Maybe some differences in the nose features(more stripping holes in the Klein and no nut/bolt grabber) but the overall shape and characteristics are pretty similar. It sure looks to me like Klein modeled these pliers after the Knipex.

I certainly hope Klein and Knipex(NWS for that matter) are watching each other and gauging what the industry is interested in. Klein essentially had the American electrical/telco world to itself for about 50 years. The sort of inroads made by the Germans in the last ten years is a healthy reminder to our native Klein to keep their noses to the grindstone.
 

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Maybe some differences in the nose features(more stripping holes in the Klein and no nut/bolt grabber) but the overall shape and characteristics are pretty similar. It sure looks to me like Klein modeled these pliers after the Knipex.

I certainly hope Klein and Knipex(NWS for that matter) are watching each other and gauging what the industry is interested in. Klein essentially had the American electrical/telco world to itself for about 50 years. The sort of inroads made by the Germans in the last ten years is a healthy reminder to our native Klein to keep their noses to the grindstone.
That's what I'm hoping, klein has been doing the same tools for too long, they think the industry is theirs. Milwaukee knipex and other innovative companies are pushing each other now and it's better for consumers that way.
 

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Are those pliers above at all useful? I don't install receptacles every day so I don't need such a pair but would like to see them in person.
 

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These remind me of the new Knipex "Installation Pliers" they introduced last year...
That was my first thought. I've been looking for a style of pliers like that, only reason I haven't bought the Knipex was pony was saying the leverage on the head sucks because the fulcrum is so far back on the jaws.

The Klein version looks like it might not suffer from that as much, I'll look at it when it comes out.
 
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