Hakko Professional Wire Strippers Mini Review

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Hakko Professional Wire Strippers Mini Review

Postby bigal344 » Sat Jun 23, 2012 7:36 pm

Hopefully this will be in the right place!
Anyway after asking politely for a set of these from the guys at Phenoptix, they arrived in a small parcel with some other bits on Friday.
First impressions are that they have a nice weight to them that suggests that they won't fall apart or into pieces the first time you use them. The grips are nicely formed and of a decent length so that even my huge hands can grip them comfortably without slipping about.
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At the business end the 6 stripping grooves are handily marked in both wire gauge (AWG) and size (MM), making life easy for anyone who can't easily pick which size cable they have.
The cutting blades are incredibly sharp and easily make short work of stripping plastic sheathing or cutting wires, so much so that the first few times you use them you may end up cutting right through whilst stripping back plastic using these!!!
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The two halves of the cutters are held firmly together with a press fitted bush assembly instead of the usual nut and bolt. This means that the two blades meet perfectly flush with each other and do not flex apart when put under pressure during use.
They are sprung loaded open, but have a handy locking mechanism similar to most tin snips and such that allows you to lock them closed when not in use. This is handy for storage and also for safety, because as mentioned earlier they are very sharp.
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As can be seen in this photo you can see that the cuts are neat and straight, with the strippers cutting easily through the outer without touching any of the stranded wire inside. Such an improvement over my old 'automatic' wire strippers that would alternately cut the wires or fail to remove all of the outer leaving me frustrated and swearing rather a lot!
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They made easy work of this two core cable, both sheath and inners!!
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These caught my attention originally when browsing the Adafruit website, they described them as,
'The finest wire strippers we have used, and if you have to do a lot of wiring, you will agree!
I must admit that so far I completely agree, they make light work of everyday wiring with ease and mean that you can swiftly cut and strip wire for your projects.
They may not be the cheapest product that you can buy, but they are worth every penny!
On sale at Phenoptix now.
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Re: Hakko Professional Wire Strippers Mini Review

Postby Almurray42 » Sat Jun 23, 2012 9:56 pm

Awesome! Great review, they look really nice! Will definitely get a pair of these with my next order on payday! :D I'm so tired of using a combination of scissors and my teeth to strip wires! I really like that they have both the AWG and the MM...
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Re: Hakko Professional Wire Strippers Mini Review

Postby phenoptix » Tue Aug 07, 2012 10:20 am

Great work Al. I've been away from the forums lately as you might have noticed but this is a really great review and I'm massively grateful for it!

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Re: Hakko Professional Wire Strippers Mini Review

Postby bigal344 » Tue Aug 07, 2012 10:40 am

No problem mate,we know things get more than a bit hectic for you at times!
Had to write something bout the Hakko gear as it really is superb and such a timesaver !
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Re: Hakko Professional Wire Strippers Mini Review

Postby xanthic » Tue Aug 07, 2012 10:40 am

I bought a pair after reading this. They are nice tools.


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