These are good quality 6" wire strippers with 6 gauge settings. We really wanted to stock these because they strip 30AWG wire wrap wire nicely as well as the standard 22AWG hook up wire.
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I bought these specifically to work with 30 gauge teflon coated wire. The tool has no problems stripping the insulation, but when I try to cut the wire, the wire just bends.
I've used one of these since 2012, and it has worked well. The only wear is a bit of corrosion on the blade and some scraped paint. The handle is comfortable, the lock is convenient. Rivets have held up well...there's still no gap in the blades. It came oiled, so rust isn't a big problem. Some wire strippers don't work well with 30 gauge wire, but these seem fine. I haven't used the wire-chopping hole (near the words "copper only"), so can't comment on that.
Also, I have smallish hands (for a man, at least), and appreciate the size of this tool.
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dont buy these if your planning to use it on 30 awg. that's the exact reason why i bought it and it does not work.
Sorry about that! We've been working with the supplier to get the tolerances on the 30AWG tighter. The current shipment looks a lot better. Please let us know if you continue to see problems. We're happy to get replacements to you.
i tried it again a few more time and it looks like it works if you press it extra hard. sorry about the comment i made before.
This last week I taught seven middle school students embedded electronics. These wire strippers worked amazing! The latch is super nice for when wire strippers are just thrown in students' boxes. The only complication is that when clamping down on 22 gauge wire, one must loosen up a little in order for the wire strippers to slide the insulation off.
Can't say much about these except that they make stripping wires very easy. A friend purchased a pair of these after using mine. The price is pretty good too for the quality.
I am not sure why people are complaining about stripping 30AWG. I thought they worked just fine. You should always be careful when stripping wires that thin, no matter what you are using.
Mine came it today ant they work perfectly. I've tried with all the sizes and also cutting cables, and they are really good for the price.
I don't know if I just got lucky, but these strip 30 gauge every time, no problems at all. They're super sharp so you don't have to press very hard. And they strip all the other sizes great as well. These are worth at least twice what they're charging.
I have used the infinitely-adjustable kind of strippers (a notched shear with a screw as a stop) for years and thought I'd get a spare pair -- especially since this one claims 30AWG. Indeed there is a slot, but the manufacturing is not precise and mine tend to close too far, cutting the wire unless I'm careful about it. I wasn't expecting too much for under $5, but living up to claims would have been nice.
Another useful tool I want to buy but has been discontinued. Dang!
I simply use cigar cutters. :P
I've been meaning to buy some wire strippers for small gauge wire for quite some time, but I just couldn't bring myself to pay $30 or more for a tool that only strips insulation from wire, as I can consistently strip as small as 26 gauge wire with regular wire cutters. I was skeptical about these being able to strip 30 gauge, especially given the price, as you usually get what you pay for, especially when it comes to tools. A $5 tool usually equates to a waste of $5, but not in this case, these little strippers are fantastic. If you need an inexpensive small gauge stripper that actually works as advertised, this is the best $5 you'll ever spend.
awesome product for the price - better than some $60+ strippers i use at my job every day
I see that these have 'Copper Only' printed on them. I often come across aluminium wire when I'm salvaging parts from industrially manufactured consumer electronics. How screwed up would these get if I happened to occasionally use them to strip aluminium wire? Would getting a second pair of these to use exclusively for aluminium be the best choice or should I look elsewhere for aluminium specific strippers?
None, no and no.
Are they sharp enough for Teflon sheathed wire?
Haven't tried these on 30AWG wire. but for everything else their great! Feel nice and solid and pretty comfortabl to hold also.
I don't use 30 gauge wire, that stuff is just too tiny. I'll stick with my 22-26 gauge which this works like a charm with. Better than the Radio Shack standard stripper.
These didn't work at all for 30 AWG for me when I got them, even if I pressed hard like the first commenter said.
The problem was that the flat area at the tip just simply didn't close flush at all. I had to file it down. After filing it down, it now works well.
The manufacturing quality really isn't ideal. If you're willing to file down the front though, it works like a charm. Be sure not to file it too much of course...
Excellent recommendation/hack. We've seen some variance in the stock (most work at 30AWG, some have problems) so we're working with the supplier to get the precision nailed down.
Great stripper, Strips any gauge fine, except for 30 gauge, which takes a bit of work to strip. Paint is cheap, but again it's just paint.
Buy them if you can.
These do not strip wires as well as other strippers. For $10, you can get a nice vice grip stripper with 6 screw cutters, a curved cutting blade, and a bunch of crimping options.
I have to agree with other commenters: These are not useful for 30-gauge wire-wrap wire. Fine for other gauges.
Best Strippers for the money! Although I have not used any 30AWG, it works great with 28,26 & 22 AWG.