My current wire strippers are finally starting to fail after over 10 years of faithful service. It's time to get some new ones, but which type is best?
At the moment I have a pair of these:
The are actually pretty good. Robust, automatically adjusting to a wide variety of wire sizes and capable of stripping 3-4 wires at once. I make up a lot of cables so doing multiple wires at once is very handy.
There are cheap knock-off versions but decent quality ones are easy and reliable. Of course actually finding a good one is not easy as they look mostly the same on the outside so buying is a bit of a minefield. Price is no indication of quality either.
There are also the "end-on" types like these:
I have not used them that much but they seem okay if you avoid the really cheap ones. My biggest concern is how they will cope with cables that need the outer insulation stripping quite far from the end (say 5cm) to split off the inner wires which are then stripped separately. It looks like the depth could be quite limited. With the first type of stripper you can just bend the cable out of the sides to cut further down and it is easy to adjust the pressure you use to avoid damaging the inner wires.
What other options are there? Many years ago at college we had a machine which stripped and twisted the bare wire for you, but it must have been quite expensive. These look rather excellent but don't seem to be widely available outside Japan:http://www.youtube.com/v/TQisPPBncMg&hl=en_GB&fs=1&
I like the way they cut the outer sheath off but don't damage the inner wires. How they would cope with smaller signal wires is not clear. What about something like these:http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Wire-Strippers-/3 ... 483adc8448
I have banned so something which requires minimal effort would be good.