Wire strippers

A wire stripper is used in removing insulation from around a wire or cable. Sure, you can do this with a pair of scissors, wire cutters or even a utility knife, but using a tool specifically designed for this purpose makes life easier if you work with wires often.

Here are three wire strippers I use to remove the insulation from electrical wires before soldering them or installing them to a connector (screw, crimp or spring loaded).

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On the left is a cheap wire strippers that often barely work. It consists of two pieces of stamped steel with a long channel cut in one side. That channel has a nut and bolt which can be moved up and down in order to limit the size of the notch cut into the business end. This system can work OK even for very thin wires if you can adjust the size right for your wire. Adjusting and re-adjusting after changing wire type is annoying.

On the center are self-adjusting wire strippers from Biltema. It is especially useful when I am dealing with wires that have different thicknesses. This works well with modt electrical wires used on mains power applications down to many electronics hookup wires. The downside is that it does not work with all cables and this does not work well with very thin wires.

On the right there is wire stripper and wire cutter combination tool. This works quite OK for many electronics circuit wires.

9 Comments

  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    German vs US Wire Strippers? Knipex, Klein, Irwin, Kobalt, Craftsman, Ideal, Neiko, Horusdy, Dowell
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  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Professional Wire Stripper Review & Comparison
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    We are reviewing and talking about various wire strippers from GreenLee, Klein, AMP, GB, GC, Ideal, and others. . .

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  3. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Strip LARGE Wires FAST! Professional Wire Stripping Tool
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    Stripping small wires of their insulation is easy, how do we strip LARGE wire to expose the wire strands? This tool makes it quick and we can get perfect results! In car audio we deal with 0 gauge, 4 gauge and 8 gauge wires, we need to be able to strip them just as quick!

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  4. Tomi Engdahl says:

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  5. Tomi Engdahl says:

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  6. Tomi Engdahl says:

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  7. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Adam Savage’s Favorite Tools: Automatic Wire Strippers
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    Here’s another tool everyone needs in their shop: an automatic wire stripper. Unlike the manual wire strippers we’ve all used, these remove the outer plastic layer effortlessly without having to pull the wire from both sides. They were a game changer when first released, and are now more affordable than ever!

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  8. Tomi Engdahl says:

    How To Use The Automatic Wire Stripper
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    In this how-to video, Gary shows us how to use the new automatic, self-adjusting wire stripper from Klein Tools.

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