I am not sure what your question is.The best tools in my collection are the Klein hybrid plier MT and the Leatherman ES4s. The tools that I am actively collecting are in the second photo. This model has been around for years and has been sold under multiple brands. I have the following brands: Southwire, Commercial Electric, Power Pass, Westward, RS Pro, Klutch, Urrea, and HyperTough (it has a different wire stripper head). I am looking for the following brands: Sheffield (2 color varieties), Workpro, MasterCraft, and any other brand.
I meant to say favorite, but forgot the most important word.
I disagree. I like looking at other collections. Keep em coming!
Nice group! I have the Klein Electrician Hybrid and Leatherman Squirt EL. The Klein is one of my favorites too. Aside from use of a Klein hawkbill (for scoring the outer jacket) and a small pair of Clauss USA snips (for the small inner wires); I was able to salvage an expensive heavy-duty extension cord with a damaged end (and I will also replace the other end, since someone yanked the ground out of the male end). For about 3 years, the Klein Electrician Hybrid was also my "good pair of strippers"; until I found our local Ace Hardware and State Electric carry decent electrical tools (both Klein, as it's a few independent places plus Lowe's is all we have here), and I bought a Klein. While small, the Squirt EL is just the thing if your main electrical work is model trains or RC. That is where that little tool really shines in my use. But man, these things can be expensive. I paid $30 for mine. They were $40 new at "The Shack" back during my teenage years, but I couldn't afford them then.
Is the Commercial Electric any good? I've been tempted to order one every single time I am just under $35 when I do a Home Depot order, but end up ordering Knipex or Channellocks instead to fill that void.
It came in today. Not bad actually. Some hilarity ensued when I tried to open the pliers and not noticing the locking lever.
Hmmm I need some wire strippers. Trying not to look at this thread....
Regular wire strippers will work better for you, but they will not come with all of the additional mediocre to poor tools
One word, Klein.
That's what she said!
Tough choice then. They would see most use on instrument cables (I need to re-solder some plugs).I don't like wire strippers where you have to pull; it's hard to not pull the inner core out.I have my eyes on some cheap grabby ones...