Compound Automatic[ edit ] The compound automatic wire stripper was first patented in by Stuart G. This allows the user to match the notch size to the wire size, thereby eliminating the need for twisting, but can only be used on wire sizes that approximately match one of the notches. Some models have an adjustable grip tension, to adjust the clamping force of the gripping jaw. To use it, one simply places the wire in the jaws at the cutting slot matching the size of the conductor and squeezes the handles together. Wood of Brooklyn, NY. When engaged, a compund automatic wire stripper first simultaneously grips the wire in one side and in the other side closes its shaped blades cutting the insulation around the conductor. European-style wire strippers look more like a notched pincer, with a grab that is adjusted with a screw.
Thin wires Photo 1: Coaxial cable Photo 1: Pull conductors through stripper Strip individual conductors by lining them up in the correct notch and squeezing the stripper to cut through the plastic. Underground cable Photo 1: Inspect the wires for nicks and gouges. You can choose between those that are adjustable or those that have multiple pre-sets for quicker work.
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Then hold the wire with one hand while you push the stripper with your thumb to remove the insulation. The action was further refined by Wood  and finally, in , by Eugene D. Adding F-type connectors to coaxial cable requires a two- or three-step strip on the end of the cable, depending on the connector. The bright yellow wire stripper from fluke looks more like a really tacky cigar cutter rather than a decent tool. Both Kronus and Neiko make a similar product that you might prefer.
Description: Vinyl or nylon-coated wires will frustrate it. It takes a sharp blade, a steady hand and concentration to control the depth of the cut precisely. Apply very light pressure with the knife and keep your finger on the opposite side of the cable. Practice with the blade extended Photo 1 or barely visible to see which technique works best for you.