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IRWIN Tools VISE-GRIP Self-Adjusting Wire Stripper, 8-Inch (2078300)

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  • Features durable nickel chromium steel construction.
  • The ProTouch grips provide extra comfort and reduce hand fatigue.
  • Strips wire from 10-24 AWG. Adjustable stopper controls the length of the core strip. Swivel knob micro-adjusts for gauges smaller than 20 AWG.
  • Wire crimper crimps 10-22 AWG insulated, 10-22 AWG non-insulated and 7-9mm ignition terminals. Wire cutter extends versatility.
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Features durable nickel chromium steel construction. The ProTouch grips provide extra comfort and reduce hand fatigue. Strips wire from 10-24 AWG. Adjustable stopper controls the length of the core strip. Swivel knob micro-adjusts for gauges smaller than 20 AWG. Wire crimper crimps 10-22 AWG insulated, 10-22 AWG non-insulated and 7-9mm ignition terminals. Wire cutter extends versatility. IRWIN Tools VISE-GRIP Self-Adjusting Wire Stripper, 8-Inch (2078300)


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Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here [PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B000OQ21CA
  • California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 warning.
  • Item model number: 2078300
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (832 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #567 in Home Improvement (See Top 100 in Home Improvement)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here [PDF]


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165 of 169 people found the following review helpful By A. Dove on March 16, 2010
Size: 1-ct Verified Purchase
If you do any kind of wiring, whether installing a ceiling light in your house or tinkering with tiny circuit boards, you need this. I had one for years, and finally managed to break it. Thinking I could do without, I used various cheap wire strippers until I finally couldn't take it any more, and then ordered a new one of these - or at least I thought I did. Look closely before you buy one. There's a very similar-looking product that claims to be "automatic," but it's not. Instead, it has a series of grooves for different wire sizes, so you have to know what size wire you're stripping, and fit it into the right groove. That one is a piece of junk.

This tool is the one you want. The jaws on this one automatically adjust to the wire size, grip the insulation, cut just down to the wire, and then yank the insulation off, in one smooth motion. You don't need to know what size wire you have.

In fact, you don't even need to see the wire. I just finished connecting a new light circuit, and part of the job required splicing some wiring in a very cramped space between some ductwork and the floor joists. I could either see the wires or fit my hands in to touch them - not both. Reaching in with this tool, I fed each wire into the jaws, felt that it was in the correct position, then squeezed the handles. When I pulled my hands out and took a look, there were my perfectly-stripped wires waiting to be spliced.
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132 of 152 people found the following review helpful By muddy glass on September 3, 2010
Size: 1-ct Verified Purchase
bottom line: this irwin self-adjusting wire stripper did not work well with the 24 awg stranded wire i tried it on. however, it worked beautifully with 22 awg solid core wire.

this irwin stripper works by gripping the wire with two clamps, the left one for holding the wire and the right one for stripping it with a sharp edge. as you close your grip on the handles, both clamps lock down on the wire. when you completely close your grip on the handles, the two locked down clamps then come apart, stripping the wire. at least in theory.

the problem i had with the irwin stripper is that the clamps did not provide enough force to hold down a thin 24 awg stranded wire. as a result, the insulation becomes partially pierced by the stripper and stretched a bit without being completely removed. if you manually press down on the left clamp before completely closing your grip to strip the wire, then the insulation will come off, but you also make a dent in the wire, exposing a little part of the wire away from the tip.

there is a swivel knob to micro-adjust the irwin stripper for thin wire gauges. however, even with the micro adjuster at its tightest, the clamps are still too loose to really work with 24 awg.

i also tried this irwin stripper with 22 awg solid core wire, which worked exactly as it should. just beautiful. i really really wanted to like this product, but i bought this stripper to work with the thinnest wire gauge it is spec'd to handle and things just didn't work out. it's not a bad product for thicker wires though. irwin should advertise these wire strippers for 10-22 awg rather than 10-24 awg.
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52 of 59 people found the following review helpful By J. Ross on February 1, 2010
Size: 1-ct
This is a tool that after one project I wondered how I worked without it. Getting a perfect strip on a wire with regular wire strippers is frustrating for me. So much so that typically a knife was my preferred method, it was just as fast and yielded similar results. Now all that has changed. This tool is, upon first use, a sort of magical instrument. With a squeeze of the handles wires come out perfect and the project gets done faster. After using this tool for some time now I can say I still love it but it isn't perfect(what is). Sometimes a second squeeze is needed as it doesn't strip perfectly every time on the first pull, no big deal. It is also heavy. The solid construction of this tool makes it a workstation tool not a "on the belt" carry with you. Regardless the time savings with this are considerable and it still earns 5 stars.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Skyliner44 on June 8, 2011
Size: 1-ct Verified Purchase
I'm rewiring a boat and have to strip dozens of short wires for the gauge and switch panel. I'm mainly stripping 10 gauge through 16 gauge wires throughout the boat and the stripping action itself works quite well. My 2 problems with the tool (as others have mentioned) are; the yellow stop tab for the length of wire to be stripped does not lock in place, so as you feed the wire it moves out and you either have to keep adjusting it, or insert the wire very gently to not move it, or just eyeball the wire and not use the stop. This slows down the process considerably when you're doing a lot of wire. The other problem is the pieces of removed insulation sit in the little well of the tool and do not get ejected after stripping so you have to tilt the tool forward or shake it to get the piece out. If you don't remove it, it keeps the jaws from opening for the next wire. Again a PIA when doing a lot of work. But, for the price, I can live with those 2 issues.
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38 of 44 people found the following review helpful By DYG on April 15, 2011
Size: 1-ct
Since this tool often does not grip the wire (14 gauge) and just stretches the covering, you may get frustrated and feel like you want to ditch this tool. You know how easy the designer could have fixed the problem a couple of ways. If you use the following procedure you can give yourself 5 stars for not having to pitch this tool in the trash. Simply place your finger on top of the left side and push the grip portion down with your finger (while holding the wire in place) as you squeeze the handle. That little push will cause the grip to grab the wire. Too bad Irwin did not design this product right. And too bad they put such a cheap, cheap plastic piece on the wire stop. The 5 stars is for you, not the tool. Sure wish I could see if the Neiko designed theirs better.
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