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Hi all,

I thought to start contributing to the FOG with some hand-tool reviews of rather "special", maybe even unknown to some, hand-tools that I learned to love while using them on a regular basis.

Let's start with the Knipex Electrical Installation Pliers (1396200).

The Knipex Electrical Installation Pliers are especially designed to offer the 6 most commonly used functions during electrical installations in one pair of pliers.



You can use it to grip round and flat material, for bending (the very front portion of the tips have a smooth surface so you don't damage insulation when gripping/bending insulated wires), to cut copper and aluminum cable up to 5x 2,5mm^2 / 15mm in diameter, for crimping wire-end ferrules from 0.5 to 2.5mm^2, for wire stripping 0.75 - 1.5mm^2 and 2,5mm^2  and for deburring feed through holes.



This model is spring loaded and features a latch to limit the automated opening of the pliers - this is very useful for when you need to grip, bend - release in a whole series of tasks - it's a valuable time saver and easy on your hand.

Often when you have a "multitool" people will say while it does a lot of things, it does none of them 100% - I think I can wholeheartedly say that the Knipex Installation Pliers do everything they claim to do - 100%, all the time. I've gone so far as to ditch my combination pliers from my selection of "on person/ personal edc tools" as the Electrical Installation Pliers can also cover the few nails I used to pull with my combination pliers and to grip/hold a nut from time to time if needed.

The only thing it can definitely not replace is an additional side cutter for hard wire - as you should not cut steel with the integrated cable shears.

If you do electrical installation of some sort, even if you just prepare and place junction boxes, cables i.e. while setting up drywall - this is a must have for you. Every single piece is VDE-tested and rated at 1000V (AC).

Kind regards,
Oliver


« Last Edit: September 08, 2015, 09:57 AM by six-point socket »

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     Nice review Oliver. I look forward to more. What portion is used for deburring?

Seth

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very nice.  it looks like you keep all your tools super clean.

i believe the deburring is done with the jaws closed.  you ream the hole with the straight edges on the outside of the jaws.

i have a question related to knipex: does anyone in the US know of a dealer/source that stocks their full line?  I'm looking for a couple of specialty pliers that I'm having a hard time finding.  One is the soft jaw pliers with the removable nylon inserts and the other are the flush cut pliers, because i'm not happy with the ones from fastcap.

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very nice.  it looks like you keep all your tools super clean.

i believe the deburring is done with the jaws closed.  you ream the hole with the straight edges on the outside of the jaws.

i have a question related to knipex: does anyone in the US know of a dealer/source that stocks their full line?  I'm looking for a couple of specialty pliers that I'm having a hard time finding.  One is the soft jaw pliers with the removable nylon inserts and the other are the flush cut pliers, because i'm not happy with the ones from fastcap.


Try here .... http://chadstoolbox.com/  Never ordered from them but have done a lot of looking. They claim to have the full line.

Seth

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thanks seth--looks like the fog has outdone google yet again...


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thanks seth--looks like the fog has outdone google yet again...

Maybe Foogle, Foggle?  [big grin]

Seth

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     Nice review Oliver. I look forward to more. What portion is used for deburring?

Seth

Thanks Seth, it's exactly like teocaf has described it already, you ream the hole with the straight outside edges of the jaws.

Kind regards,
Oliver

six-point socket

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very nice.  it looks like you keep all your tools super clean.

i believe the deburring is done with the jaws closed.  you ream the hole with the straight edges on the outside of the jaws.

i have a question related to knipex: does anyone in the US know of a dealer/source that stocks their full line?  I'm looking for a couple of specialty pliers that I'm having a hard time finding.  One is the soft jaw pliers with the removable nylon inserts and the other are the flush cut pliers, because i'm not happy with the ones from fastcap.

Thanks teocaf :)

Yes, I keep my tools very clean and take the extra time to clean them after use, some may call me pedantic over it. ;)

Reason is pretty simple, I don't like my tools to soil whatever I'm working on, plus I want to be able to take out a tool and use it without soiling myself - as these tools are used for everything - chances are I hang a picture in the evening, need to pull a nail quickly or whatever and then I don't want to stain my wallpaper with a dirty tool or dirty hands from getting said tool.

Of course, when I'm doing work in/on a larger scale, I don't clean them every day but when the work is finished - and then thoroughly. :)

If you, or anyone else for that matter, needs/wants a certain tool from Knipex (or any other German manufacturer) that you can't get in the US or any other country, feel free to send me a personal message and I can get it for you and ship it. Just let me know :)

Kind regards,
Oliver
« Last Edit: September 08, 2015, 11:46 AM by six-point socket »

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     Nice review Oliver. I look forward to more. What portion is used for deburring?

Seth

Thanks Seth, it's exactly like teocaf has described it already, you ream the hole with the straight outside edges of the jaws.

Kind regards,
Oliver

I only know this because it's a function I use often with my welding pliers to clean the nozzle on the mig gun.

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i believe the deburring is done with the jaws closed.  you ream the hole with the straight edges on the outside of the jaws.

It's also very useful for deburring the inside of EMT, once one has cut it.  Makes pulling in wire much easier, and I don't have to be concerned with unbidden stripping in inconvenient places.
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Re: Review/ introduction to: Knipex Electrical Installation Pliers (1396200)
« Reply #10 on: September 08, 2015, 01:48 PM »
Great review, wish I had this at the beginning of summer when I was adding some outlets and junction boxes in the shop!