A wire stripper is a basic need for professional and DIY electric works. Although for some small and basic works one can strip the wire by using some other methods. But not using a professional tool, this can be a bit frustrating.
A wire stripper is not a very expensive tool but it is very helpful. In this blog I have picked some inexpensive and best wire strippers for DIY home electric works.
But before I proceed further you must know different models of wire strippers. So you will be able to pick the best wire stripping tool for your project. Although they can all strip off the wires. But only one type might be more suitable for your workflow. In this blog I will guide you how you can select an ideal wire stripper.
Types of wire strippers
1. Automatic Wire Stripper
If you are a beginner, the automatic wire stripping tool is perfect for you. They have the ability to remove the wire’s outer jacket very fast. They are accurate and easier to use. You just need to squeeze the handles of the stripping tool, the teeth at the head adjust them as per the cable’s gauge. When you further squeeze, it automatically strips off the insulated cable.
2. Gauged and Manual
Another option for the beginners is to select from gauged and manual cable strippers. They have many teeth of different gauges. They are also easy to use. You just need to put the cable into the correct gauge. The stripper removes the insulation without any chance of cutting the conductor.
3. Wire stripper and cutter
This type is a combination of wire peeler and wire cutter. Usually electricians who have pretty much experience are capable of using these with accuracy.
Things to keep in mind if you’re buying a best wire stripper
1. Quality Materials
Quality of the material is always the most important factor to be considered. A quality material brings precision in work too. An under grade electric cable stripper would not be precise and worth buying. It may damage the wire while stripping. Moreover you might need to squeeze the handles with more force to cut the jacket. This can be a bit frustrating and very uncomfortable for your hands.
Always prefer electrical wire strippers which have steel jaws and silicone/rubber grips over the handles. Silicon grips make them comfortable to grab and steel jaws can withstand for a very long time.
2. Range of Gauges
Fortunately all the wire strippers support multiple gauges. You don’t need to carry different cable strippers of different gauges. All you need to consider those which support the range of gauges you need.
Usually for home repairs you will see the cables between 10-18 gauge. Larger appliances such as electric stoves, electric water heaters, electric dryers and central air units will often use 10-, 8- or even 6-gauge wire. For drones and other electronics you might encounter thinner wires that range between 20-gauge to 30-gauge.
3. Feature Rich
A Feature-rich tool can be a good choice because you don’t need to carry different tools for different projects. For example, a wire stripper with a cutter lets you carry one tool instead of two.
Strippers with spring loaded hands are very helpful especially when you are developing your techniques. Springs help you to bring the handles back to their initial position after releasing your hands. So you can handle the stripper in one hand and cable in the other hand while you are working.
Features increase the cost but they can replace many other tools which price almost equal or more collectively. I personally prefer feature-rich tools.
My Picks for Best Wire Strippers
Klein Tools Wire Stripper Katapult 11063W
If you are looking for a premium automatic cable stripper then Klein automatic wire stripping tool is one of the best products available in the market. You can strip 10 -22 AWG wires with ease. Klein Katapult also has a built-in wire cutting hole which can cleanly cut wires of 8-20 AWG.
The channellock wire stripper 968 is a basic wire stripper made with forged high carbon US steel. The corrosion free steel increases its performance, strength and reliability for years. The locking mechanism enables safe storage. Well-built and feels sturdy in hand.
IRWIN Wire Stripper (IRWIN 2078300)
You are searching for good quality and a cheap cable stripper, IRWIN 2078300 self adjusting wire stripper is a good option. Its built-in adjustable stopper function is one of my favorites which allows the control of the length of the core strip. This is a fantastic tool for hobbyists.
Knipex Wire Stripper
Knipex automatic stripping tool is ideal for computer and electrical boxes. The design is unique and works accurately. This can strip wires between 10 and 24 AWG sizes. The tool automatically adjusts its settings as per the size of the wire. The blades cut the insulation with just a squeeze of the hand.
Klein Wire Stripper 11055KLE
This particular unit can strip off the wires between 10-18 AWG solid or 12-20 stranded. The curvy handles are designed to make it very comfortable while holding for a longer job. The spring automatically opens it easily and reduces the effort of opening and closing the handles.