Weidmuller strip tool stripax 10

Types and characteristics of strippers

Crimping pliers for crimping wire lugs

Depending on the design and the stripping principle, a distinction is made between simple manual, semi-automatic and automatic strippers.

Handheld wire stripper

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Manual Insulation Remover

This is the simplest type of stripper and is made with jaws that have sharpened edges. Insulating layer is removed by circular undercutting of insulation by cutting edges of notches in the course of their compression by handles. In order not to separate the jaws of the pliers, there is a return spring between them. There is a special handle lock on the head to prevent small children from being cut by the wire stripper.

Such a stripper is relatively small in size and weight. Its length is usually 180-190 mm, weight not more than 200 g.

Semi-automatic stripper

Semi-automatic deburring tool

The semi-automatic stripper is a tool of the following design:

  • Two handles with a spring between them;
  • Working head, extending in two parts, inside which there are two movable elements: sharp knife consisting of two halves with notches for certain conductor diameters, and clamp fixing for a conductor.

To remove the protective layer from conductors with this stripper is as follows:

  • The end of the wire to be stripped is inserted into a notch corresponding to its diameter;
  • Pressing the handles undercuts the insulation layer in one half of the sliding operating head and secures the wire in the other half;
  • When the handles are fully depressed, the two parts of the working head disconnect and the stripped wire insulation is removed.

Some models of this stripper often have a wire cutter between the handles.

You can visually see the design and operation of such a stripper in the video at the end of the article.

Automatic stripper

Automatic Stripper

The most common design of an automatic stripper consists of the following parts:

  • Two levers;
  • Two movable jaws, one of which trims the insulation, the other secures the conductor;
  • A sliding, two-piece base, located underneath the jaws.

When stripping the insulation, one of the movable jaws presses against the base and trims the insulation layer of the wire, while the second secures the wire. When the handles of the tool are further pressed, the base gradually slides apart and the cut insulation is removed from the tip of the conductor.

Weidmüller stripping and cutting tool STRIPAX 10 9005000000

Professional self-adjusting tool designed for stripping and cutting flexible single- and multi-conductor round or flat PVC-insulated cable, capable of handling multiple cables in a single cycle. Insulation length can be adjusted by an end stop. Automatic cable release after stripping is complete. Adjusting the thickness of the insulation. Double stripping in two cycles without additional adjustments.

Stripper LAOA LA815826. Review and comparison to Weidmuller Stripax 10

Not a bad stripper for home and for those who can’t afford to pay the Jokari N15. Good for the home, not bad for servicing electrical equipment for money, not really suitable for mass wiring. That’s it in a nutshell. On the job we often have to reconstruct 6-110 kV relay protections. That is, all old equipment is removed and mounted from scratch, laying all the wiring. And there the question of smart and fast stripping of wires with the same result comes in the first place. But there are situations when you need to clean 1 or 2 wires, but a good professional stripper does not pull the case (below in the review will pass on this point). And here you need a second tool that can do it. Yes, I have the excellent Weidmuller Stripax 10, but it just so happens that I had to buy myself a second isolation stripper as well.

I chose this brand for several reasons:

1) Price; 2) I’ve found the same one at my father’s place and felt it with my hands; 3) People in reviews maximally praised it; 4) Once in five years I need to dissolve some ПВС or (А)VVG, and I consider a knife with a heel a luxury; 5) The main stripper does not bite very well with old type wire with rigid PVC insulation due to its design.

Stripper ordered 29.12.2017, it was shipped on January 5. I recieved the SMS from the post office on the 16th and the delivery took 11 days exactly. Delivery is free. Weight 167 grams, declared value 5 at cost at time of purchase 13.86.

There was a blistered streamer in the package and a gift from the seller in the form of a branded keychain. Also comes with nail clippers or a mini tape measure for keys. Mine can be used as a screwdriver or open a bottle of beer. Functionality is just that. 🙂

On the package there are pictures of how to use the stripper, on the back there is a diagram of the stripper in Taiwan and the manufacturer’s contact information. All typical and not very interesting. The manufacturer states that it can strip wires from 0.08 to 2.6 square millimeters (10-20 AWG). Weidmuller cleans from 0.08 to 10 mm.

Streamer dimensions 1184726mm, weight is approximately 150-160 grams if you consider the packaging in the total weight of the parcel. Separate blades for longitudinal and cross cutting of cable are included. I would like to be able to buy one or two more sets of knives from the seller, because I did not find such a position in the store. Spare blades in oil, won’t fade over time, plus a spare screw. This is well thought out.

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Let’s move on to the stripper. Labels are well applied, no smudges, plastic is very durable, stood the first day of use flight on concrete from meter height without any consequences. Locked in the closed position by a lever lock located on the end. Behind that you can see the spring. From left to right there is: a knife for longitudinal cutting of cable, a knife for cross cutting of cable, jaws for gripping and pulling of wire, set of precision holes for stripping of wire, wire cutters. To strip the wire you put it into the hole we need, close the stripper, twist it a few times left and right and tear off the rest of the insulation. On the Weidmuller you simply insert the conductor into the working area and squeeze the handles. From there, the stripper will take care of everything. That’s the main advantage of automatic wire strippers.

In today’s tests will be PVS 2×1, AVVG 3×1,5, a wire sheathed 2x1mm (I can not say the exact marking due to lack of it), installation monocore, multicore wires with vinyl and PVC insulation (PuV, PuVG, PV3 to 1.5 and 2.5 square millimeters and the cherry on the cake in the form of an old wire with rigid PVC-isolation. The test will consist of comparison of quality and convenience of stripping with manual and automatic strippers, convenience of cutting wires with wire cutters and stripping of cable sheath. And finally, let’s summarize.

Let’s start by breaking down the wire cutting. The Weidmuller Stripax has separate wire cutters that, with their long handles, make it easy to cut all wires in the working range. The manual stripper has no problems with cutting hard wires, with the exception of very loud popping noise when plastic parts bump each other because of the abrupt clamping. But when cutting stranded wire there is a chance to not cut it to the end.

This may be due to the not very good profile and sharpening of the knives. There is still some sludge. Now let’s move on to cutting cables with sheathing. Stripax has no chance here, as it is not designed for this purpose. LAOA has a trapezoidal blade for a longitudinal cut. With its high tip it plunges into the casing from above and cuts it away from itself. The applied force depends on the material properties and thickness.

PVA: I cut the sheath not all the way through in some places, apparently, it is too thick for it. Wires are intact inside, but had to get to them, tearing the sheath by hand. Not critical, but unpleasant.

AVVG: no questions here, everything is fine. The cut is smooth and light.

Unclear cable without marking, with thin sheath: similar to AVVG, no complaints.

I was afraid that the knife would cut through the wire insulation, but for some clever reason it does not happen, although at work I cut a lot of scraps on principle, and no matter what. Or maybe it’s my luck?

Cross cutting. No matter how I tried to do it, except for cutting spiral tape from PVA sheathing, it didn’t work. Probably the lack of skill, because the incomprehensible cable was relatively easy and simple. Though if to believe in the photo on the internet, more famous pullers use more than one blade for cross-cutting, which makes more sense. Here we decided to make do with just one. The strands, again, both there and there are still intact.

When stripping wires, I don’t see the point in showing Stripax results every time, because it gives the same result with the same excellent quality, except for very hard materials. As a separate plus I want to mention the possibility of adjusting the length of cut and the pressing force of the blades. With LAOA, I have to do everything by hand.

When stripping with a manual stripper, the first disadvantage comes out. the American system of cross sections. The fact that we do not have cross sections of 0.8 1.6, 2.6 mm, there are 0.75, 1.5, 2.5. And this small difference is already starting to affect the stripping quality.

Wire 2.5 mm, stranded in vinyl insulation (PV3). When trying to strip in the window of 2.6 mm insulation cuts through and is not removed completely. In addition, there is a piece of insulation stuck between the knife and the handle, which has to be pulled out. When you try to strip at 2.5 mm in the window, it is expected that some of the cores are cut.

PV3 monocore wire, 2.5 mm. The 2.6 mm window doesn’t deburr at all, at 2 mm it deburrs without any problems. There is a suspicion that the wire itself is not 2.5 mm, although stated as GOST.

Flexible multi-core in PVC insulation. Similar to the multicore in the vinyl, there is no point in even attaching photos. AVVG 3×1,5. In the window of 1.6 mm it cleans without problems, it does not leave any scratches on the wire. On the photo blue wire stripped Stripex, yellow LAOA.

I don’t see the point of continuing to show you rigid and flexible wires of other cross-sections and brands, because it cleans bad multicore wires and good monocore ones.

And now the cherry on the cake, the Soviet rigid PVC insulation wire, and the insulation is really thick.

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And here is where the German Stripack is blown away. It doesn’t have enough clamping force and knife depth to tear the insulation. If you set the regulator to the maximum stroke, it still takes 2-3 passes and the wire is still scuffed by the knives.

But the Chinese tool strips the insulation from the first time and is excellent.

Bottom line: The tool is definitely worth the money. It is perfect for DIY enthusiasts who do not need to strip 10-50 wires per day, it does not take much space and weight, is perfectly assembled and very functional. It was originally purchased more for a home tool kit, but after a day of using it, I decided to take it to work before buying myself a Jokari N15. It copes much better with thick insulation, and possibility of accurate cutting of cable is attractive. For everything else there is a Weidmuller, it is designed for purely professional use. As for alternatives, I can advise some KVT series WS-09, it will be cheaper, but with less functionality. Series WS-11 and the like (which are reviewed here many times), I personally do not particularly like to use, about cheap pullers, which are made like wire cutters or have a tweak screw, I will not even say. This is a piece of crap, which you can buy only for a very rainy day, IMHO.

LAOA stripper LA815826. Review and comparison with the Weidmuller Stripax 10

Not a bad stripper for home, or for those who can’t afford to pay for Jokari N15. Good for home, not bad for maintenance of electrical equipment for money, not really good for mass wiring. That’s it in a nutshell. At work we often have to make reconstruction of relay protections of 6-110 kV. That is, all the old equipment is removed and mounted from scratch, laying all the wiring. And here the question of smart and quick stripping of wires with the same result comes to the forefront. But there are situations when you need to clean 1 or 2 wires, but a good professional stripper does not pull it off (I’ll go over this point in the review below). And that’s where you need a second tool that can do it. Yes, I have an excellent Weidmuller Stripax 10, but as it happens, I had to buy myself and a second isolation puller.

I chose this brand for several reasons:

1) Price; 2) found my father exactly the same and had time to papaluyut hands; 3) People in the reviews strongly it praised; 4) Once every five years I need to dissolve some PVA or (A) VVG, and the knife with a heel I consider myself a surplus; 5) The main striper is not very good bites wires old type with rigid PVC-insulation because of their design.

Stripper ordered 29.12.2017, shipped it on January 5. SMS from the post office I received on the 16th, delivery took 11 days exactly. Free shipping. Weight 167 grams, declared value 5 at the time of purchase 13.86.

The package included the stripper in a blister and a gift from the seller in the form of a branded key fob. There are also nail clippers or mini wire cutters for keys. Mine can be used as a screwdriver or open a bottle of beer. Functionality is just that. 🙂

On the package there are some pictures of how to use the stripper, and on the back there is a schematic of the stripper in Taiwan and the manufacturer’s contact info. All typical and not very interesting. The manufacturer states that you can strip wires from 0.08 to 2.6 square millimeters (10-20 AWG). The Weidmuller cleans 0.08 to 10 mm.

Streamer dimensions 1184726 mm, weight about 150-160 grams if you consider the packaging in the total weight of the package. The set includes spare blades for longitudinal and cross cutting of the cable. I would like to be able to buy one or two more sets of knives from the seller, as I couldn’t find such item in the store. Spare blades in oil, won’t wear out over time, plus a spare screw. That’s well thought out.

Let’s move on to the stripper. Labels are well applied, no smudges, plastic is very durable, withstood the first day of use flight on concrete from one meter height without any consequences. It is locked in closed position with the lever lock, located on the front end. You can also see the spring behind it. From left to right go: longitudinal cable cutter, cross-cutting cable cutter, jaws for gripping and pulling wire, set of precision holes for stripping wire, wire cutter. The wire stripping is done by inserting the wire into the hole we need, closing the stripper, a few turns left and right and tearing off the rest of the insulation. On Weidmuller you just need to insert the wire in the working area, and squeeze the handles. The stripper will take it from here. That’s the main advantage of automatic wire strippers.

In the tests today will be PVS 2×1, AVVG 3×1,5, a wire in 2x1mm sheath (I can not say the exact marking because of its absence), installation monocore, multicore wires with vinyl and PVC insulation (PuV, PuVG, PV3 to 1.5 and 2.5 square millimeters and the cherry on the cake in the form of an old wire with rigid PVC insulation. The test will consist of comparing the quality and convenience of stripping with manual and automatic strippers, convenience of cutting the wire with wire cutters and sheathing from the cable. And finally, let’s summarize.

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Let’s start with cutting the wires. The Weidmuller Stripper has separate wire cutters which, with their long handles, make it easy to cut all the wires in the working range. There are no problems with the hand-held stripper when cutting hard wire, except for a very loud popping noise when the plastic parts collide with each other as a result of the sharp clamping. But when cutting stranded wire there’s a chance of not cutting it to the end.

It can be caused by the not very good profile and sharpness of knives. There is still a little bit of residue. Now let’s move on to cutting cables with sheathing. Stripax doesn’t stand a chance here, as it’s not even made for that. LAOA has a trapezoidal blade for longitudinal cutting. With the high tip it plunges into the sheath from above and cuts it with the movement from itself. The force applied depends on the properties of the material and its thickness.

PVA: the sheathing is not cut all the way through in places, apparently, it is too thick for it. The wires are intact inside, but I had to get to them by tearing the sheath with my hands. Not critical, but unpleasant.

AVVG: no questions here, everything is fine. The cut is straight and light.

Wire Stripping with Weidmuller Stripax 9005000000

Unclear cable without marking with a thin sheath: similar to AVVG, no complaints.

I was afraid that the knife would cut through wire insulation, but for some clever reason it does not happen, although at work I cut a lot of scraps on principle and no matter what. Or maybe it’s my luck?

Cross cutting. No matter how I tried, but except for cutting a spiral ribbon from a PVA shell, I failed. Probably the lack of skill, because the incomprehensible cable was relatively easy and simple. But if you believe the photo on the internet, then more famous pullers use more than one blade for cross-cutting, which makes more sense. Here we decided to make do with just one. The strands, again, are either the same or the same.

When stripping wires I don’t see the point in showing the Stripax result every time, because it produces the same result with the same excellent quality, except for the toughest materials. On the plus side, I want to mention the ability to adjust the length of the stripping and the clamping force of the blades. On LAOA I have to do everything with my hands.

When stripping with a manual stripper, the first disadvantage comes out. the American cross section system. The fact that we have no cross sections of 0.8 1.6, 2.6 mm, there are 0.75, 1.5, 2.5. And this small difference is already starting to affect the stripping quality.

Wire 2.5 mm, stranded in vinyl insulation (PV3). At attempt to clean a window at 2.6 mm the insulation is cut and removed not up to the end. In addition, between the knife and the handle a piece of insulation gets stuck and has to be pulled out. When you try to strip the window at 2.5 mm, it is expected that some of the cores are cut.

PV3 monocore wire, 2.5 mm. In the window of 2.6 mm does not grind at all, at 2 mm it grinds without any problems. There is a suspicion that the wire itself is not 2.5 mm, although stated as GOST.

Flexible multicore in PVC insulation. Similarly, multi-core vinyl-insulated, there is even no point in attaching photos. AVVG 3h1, 5. Cleans without problems in the 1.6 mm window, does not leave any burrs on the wire. On the photo the blue wire is stripped with Stripax, the yellow one with LAOA.

In general, more to show the hard and flexible wire of the other sections and brands makes no sense, because multicore it cleans bad, monocore good.

And now the cherry on the cake, the Soviet installation wire in rigid PVC insulation, and the insulation is really thick.

And this is where the German Stripax is blown away. It doesn’t have enough clamping force and blade depth to tear the insulation. If you set the regulator to the maximum stroke, it still takes 2-3 passes and the wire remains scuffing from the blades.

And this Chinese strips the insulation from the first time and is great.

Bottom line: This tool is definitely worth the money. It is great for home craftsmen who do not need to clean 10-50 wires a day, it does not take much space and weight, perfectly assembled and very functional. It was originally purchased more for a home tool kit, but after a day of using it, I decided to take it to work before buying a Jokari N15. Because it copes much better with thick insulation, and possibility of accurate cutting cable is attractive. For everything else there is Weidmuller, it is designed for purely professional use. As for alternatives, I can suggest KVT Series WS-09, which is cheaper, but has less functionality. Series WS-11 and similar (which have been reviewed here many times) I personally did not like in use, about cheap pliers that are made like wire cutters or have a screw for adjusting I will not even say. This is a piece of crap, which can be bought only for a very rainy day, IMHO.

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