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Old 12th Aug 2017, 8:48 pm   #21
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I don't know if I'd class this as a recommendation, but I was just going to snap a piccie of mine when I saw kellys_eye had one of a virtually identical pair. Except mine are old and beaten up, the first pair I ever bought in 1984-ish at Buck And Ryan's. I then tried everything else, the side ones, the ratchetty ones, the "dragon head" ones, my teeth, other peoples' teeth, and ended up back with the old faithful end strippers.

Most of the clever ones either couldn't handle some insulation types, or hurt my hand or caused blisters after intensive work (I was a sparks remember, so it wasn't just the odd end to strip) and always ended up digging these out. Sometimes simple is best. Mine haven't even got a spring, and I lost the locking nut thingy, but I never set the depth anyway, I just "feel" it.

They don't rip strands out of strandeds either and even do a decent job on that weird "wire" that is 99% string.
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Old 12th Aug 2017, 9:08 pm   #22
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I have a pair like "Kelly's Eye", a crimp tool incorporating something very similar to Jon's, and a pair like Terry's, and I use them all at different times. I also use side cutters to cut into the sheath but avoiding the copper. All have advantages and disadvantages. The CRIMP pair I use for 'bike wiring, those like Terry's for multi strand mains panel wiring, Kelly's up in electronics room, and side cutters whenever they seem best. These MUST be in good condition, old and sloppy a waste of time.
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Old 12th Aug 2017, 10:04 pm   #23
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These are very good for stripping co-ax and screened cables FWIW
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Old 12th Aug 2017, 11:00 pm   #24
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The picture I posted was a stock image - my pliers are donkeys years old, tatty, have a lovely patina and I wouldn't part with them for anything. Some tools you just get a real attachment for.....

Glad I'm not alone in appreciating the simpler things in life.
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Old 12th Aug 2017, 11:38 pm   #25
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Another vote for IDEAL Stripmaster.

I have tried a few others, but these are the best I have found.

Just make sure you get the right cutters though, lots of special variants around.
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Old 13th Aug 2017, 12:01 pm   #26
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I usually carefully nick the insulation twice, opposite each other, with side cutters and then pull it off either with the cutters or thumb nail and forefinger. No good for commercial use of course, you need the appropriate tool for that.
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Old 13th Aug 2017, 10:44 pm   #27
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I have two pairs like the ones in post#9.
One from Aldi and one vintage Eliot Lucas.
I also have a couple of pairs like the ones in post#19.
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Old 13th Aug 2017, 11:21 pm   #28
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I bought the Ideal ones from RS in the end. Fingers crossed!

Edit: these ones: http://uk.rs-online.com/web/p/cable-strippers/0243112/ (thanks Julesomega)

RS have a good returns policy if they are terrible
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Old 13th Aug 2017, 11:28 pm   #29
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I was going to recommend the Ideal T-stripper but you just linked to it!

Worth mentioning there are metric and imperial sets, I have the ones with red handles. Ultra sharp (dont get your skin in there) and absolutely no chance of nicking the copper if you have repetitive jobs on the same sized wire, eg terminating a large multi-core.

I do have a pair of those auto-gauging nick-and-strip things that close & draw with one squeeze, but I find them best left for household electrics.
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Old 14th Aug 2017, 6:37 am   #30
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I have used the Knipex brand for many years, again not cheap but I haven't even replaced the cutter jaws.

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Old 14th Aug 2017, 8:20 am   #31
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I was going to recommend the Ideal T-stripper but you just linked to it!

Worth mentioning there are metric and imperial sets, I have the ones with red handles. Ultra sharp (dont get your skin in there) and absolutely no chance of nicking the copper if you have repetitive jobs on the same sized wire, eg terminating a large multi-core.

I do have a pair of those auto-gauging nick-and-strip things that close & draw with one squeeze, but I find them best left for household electrics.
Yes I went for the metric ones. Assuming the 7/0.2 + 1/0.6 wire spools I have floating around are what they say they are
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Old 14th Aug 2017, 1:17 pm   #32
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Lidl advertised the Powerfix Profi Wire Stripper for regular cables 0.5 - 6mm˛ from Thursday 17th August while stocks last:
https://www.lidl.co.uk/en/Non-Food-O...articleId=5461
The photograph shows that it includes blades to cut the cable sheath which might be handy for co-ax, if it works.

There is also a Powerfix Profi Crimping Pliers Set for easy cutting, stripping of insulation and crimping. Includes 230 assorted wires, connectors and other accessories:
https://www.lidl.co.uk/en/Non-Food-O...articleId=5459

I do not recommend these; I merely point them out.

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Old 15th Aug 2017, 12:07 pm   #33
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The ideal T-stripper arrived and I'm going to be honest when I say it's absolutely amazing! I've just spent an hour stripping 1/0.6, 7/0.2, 16/0.2 wires and it hasn't nicked a single bit of conductor. Zero effort as well. Well worth the money!

Thanks for everyone's suggestions.

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Old 15th Aug 2017, 7:32 pm   #34
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They are exactly the ones I meant, although they appear to be made by someone else. Anyway, good choice, I have had mine for years and the only (minor) problem I have had is the spring came away at one end but was easily nipped up so it didn't happen again. It's also worth adding a touch of lube now and again to the pivot, especially when used outside a lot, like my work ones are.
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Old 15th Aug 2017, 8:18 pm   #35
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Hmmm, just received some new Lindstroms today.
Just now I am located in, and I expected them to be from, Sweden.
But no - they are marked with Spain.

They have cut a wire or two - some of them very fine.
All OK so far but I am keeping my eye on them. Matt black finish...

My home cutters are tired now - also Lindstroms bought in 1983 or 4 - my graduation present to me, along with an Avo 8 - also quite tired now...
But those cutters are still shiny silver steel and not matt black.

I was going to treat myself to a new pair. I'm waiting before spending my own money..

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