Anyone recommend a decent automatic wire stripper, mainly for use with
electronics projects and automotice work ? (occasional use but frequent)
Time to put the old stanley knife away before I hurt myself trying to splice
a wire :)
Oh, you can hurt yourself with any type of tool if you are inept enough :-)
Are you meaning a hand tool, or the type of electrically powered device that
would normally be used in a production environment?
If a hand tool, there are various types available, (most of which I own!)
but no one tool that will work equally well with the sizes of cable used on
cars, *and* the sizes likely to be encountered on an electronic project.
Post back with a more specific request and I might be able to advise
The first one on that page is shite. It works but if you over use it
or put a cable in that's too big they'll break.
Yup, lasts for ever.
Yes I've got a pair of heavy duty ones at work and they are good but
the adjuster doesn't always seem to work too well.
the only problem being that it's a bit awkward to squeeze the head
into very tight spots. For accessible wires it's great, though, and it
certainly passes the durability test.
(At this rate we'll soon have recommended everything Maplin has to
In article ,
I have, I reckon, every type ever made, and only one stands out as being
better than the others - and by a big margin. It's not fully automatic in
that it has four apertures in the cutters so you do have to guess which
one to use - but this isn't difficult. All the universal ones I've tried
that attempt to set themselves automatically will let you down at some
time by not stripping or even snapping thinnish cable.
However, it's also one of the more expensive ones. This is the one I've
There are other makes IIRC that use the same principle and may be cheaper.
Gets used for both car and electronics.
Worth noting most of these strippers need at least some space round them
to be used which is fine in the workshop but may not always be available
when working on a car loom. So a choice is always worth having - like one
which works from the end of the cable rather than the side.
Manual size adjustment. If you are stripping alot of the the same sized
wire that is OK but with different sizes it isn't as convient as:
I reach for this type one in my tool box in preference to the first. It
can be a bit to viscious on really fine wires such as the core of
walkperson headphone cable after you have been stripping 2.5mm T&E but
that is more down to operator error in not winding the blade tension right
fine wires? The second above isn't bothered about wire size a great deal
unless very fine. It's not perfect the blade alignment isn't straight, one
side grips tighter than the other, but it is an el cheapo one, may even be
from Maplins years ago...
be a better quailty tool but I know nothing about it.
Naw, maybe the OP ought to drop into a shop with a selection of wires he
normally needs to strip and have a play to see which he prefers.
Automotive uses a wide range of cable sizes but I've found the cheap
tools do a good job for most of the normal wires. Big alternator and
starter cables need something more apropriate of course.
Cheap tools will break sooner than the better versions so buy another
as soon as you've made sure it's what you want. Some will say that
makes them the same cost as a better one. However, even the expensive
ones will break eventually so (if they're critical) you still need
I'll second that. Have used numerous wire strippers and always seem to come
back to an old but cheap favourite. Many years ago B&Q used to sell a kit
that consisted of the top two products on this page:
'automatic wire stripper' takes a bit of getting used to but the user is
left in control of the force with which the blades bite through the sheath
and the point where that force pulls back the sleeve. Takes a little time to
master but performs really nicely.
No, intermediate sizes work fine, I just guess (erring on the side of
caution obviously) and move to a smaller slot if necessary. But with
surprisingly little practice you get to know which slot to use.
I don't know how fine you mean but the inners of phone cable and alarm
cable are no problem at all, and some of the wires I've stripped are
noticeably thinner than that.
Having said that my range of sizes isn't the same as Maplin's. Peering
through the grime I see:
Mine: 0.6 1.2 1.8 2.0
Maplin: 0.51 1.2 1.6 2.0 2.6 3.2
Presumably there's a choice of sizes of cutters depending on which
supplier you go to. The Maplin offering looks mechanically *identical*
to my 1960s tool, so I suspect they're all the same, with a wide range
of (interchangeable) cutter sizes manufactured, but a limited range from
any one supplier.
By positioning the wire on the shoulder beside the largest slot, I can
cut right through it instead of stripping it (occasionally saving me the
trouble of reaching for another tool), but there might not be space for
that on a six-slot model.
I might add that in an awkward spot, once you *have* got it in position,
it strips without any (further) pulling on the wire.
Quite so. As I only do wire stripping infrequently, I use the side jaw of
a pair of pliers like this one:
I watched my father
did that. For fine electronic projects, I use a tiny cutting one nicking a
bit of the plastic sheath (side of wire) and twist the wire end until the
sheath breaks completely, then pull. It needs delicate hands and practice
Ahhh look up inept in the dictionary and there I am with a plaster on lol.
I mean;t something along the lines for use with home diy and car wiring but
not electrical a manual tool would be ideal.
I've seen so many on the market after googling and ebaying and was a bit
overwheled with the choices out there.
As I say I'll need something that is vuilt to last a lifetime :) mine
prefereably, is specifically a automatic wire stripper and not a crimper or
anything like that, although aplus if it can. Budget of £15/20 max .... also
I something work in cinfined spaces so nothing the size of a chain saw.
P.s I came across
whilst on my hunting and thought it was very good ?