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Title: Who loves their cable jacket stripper?
Post by: Frank Koenig on October 27, 2016, 12:45:15 pm
I want to get a stripper that makes a nice, controlled depth, circumferential slit on SOOW, larger sizes of THHN, etc. There are many styles and brands. Which ones do you like? Thanks.

Best,

--Frank
Title: Re: Who loves their cable jacket stripper?
Post by: Stephen Kirby on October 27, 2016, 01:52:40 pm
How much do you want to spend/how often do you use it?  There are commercial strippers from Eubanks and others that are used in factories.  I've used things with rotary drums and several blades to cut multiple layers of coax so you just pull them off.  Also fixed die machines using pneumatics to cut and pull off the insulation.

I just use a single edge razor blade.  Bend the cable away from where you're cutting and as you cut part way into the jacket the rest of it will part without nicking the internal wires.
Title: Re: Who loves their cable jacket stripper?
Post by: Frank Koenig on October 27, 2016, 02:58:35 pm
How much do you want to spend

Yes, as always, I should have been more specific. I'm looking for a hand-held stripper that can be carried in a tool box. There appear to be many in the $30 range, and I might spend a little more for one that is truly awesome. I, too, have used more manual means for the last 40+ years, but the need seems to come up often enough that I'd like to add one to my kit. -F
Title: Re: Who loves their cable jacket stripper?
Post by: Jonathan Johnson on October 27, 2016, 04:29:04 pm
I want to get a stripper that makes a nice, controlled depth, circumferential slit on SOOW, larger sizes of THHN, etc. There are many styles and brands. Which ones do you like?

For that larger cable, I haven't found one. For smaller diameter cable (about 3/8" or less), this tool (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AIBH3B0) is the best. (The same tool is rebranded by many different manufacturers; generically it's called "Cyclops.")

If there was something similar for larger cable, I'd like to get one, myself.
Title: Re: Who loves their cable jacket stripper?
Post by: Stephen Swaffer on October 27, 2016, 05:34:36 pm
Technically not "mine", but I had one similar to this that I really liked.

http://www.greenlee.com/products/ADJUSTABLE-CABLE-STRIPPING-TOOL.html

Goes up to 750 MCM after that your on your own.  Seriously though, makes the cut around the cable, then blade turns 90 deg and will slice out to the end.  I was doing mostly THHN so just got in the habit of a razor knife-but this tool is much safer, easier and quicker.

Main downside is make sure you can geet and keep replacement blades on hand.  The one I had was private branded and couldn't find blades for it when I broke the last one.
Title: Re: Who loves their cable jacket stripper?
Post by: Rob Spence on October 27, 2016, 06:13:36 pm
I just use a sharp belt knife. Bend and saw gently.


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Title: Re: Who loves their cable jacket stripper?
Post by: Pete Erskine on October 27, 2016, 07:39:10 pm
https://www.amazon.com/JOKARI-30900-Allrounder-Stripper-Multiple/dp/B00JF4BIPI
Title: Re: Who loves their cable jacket stripper?
Post by: Tim McCulloch on October 28, 2016, 04:29:36 am
All I saw was "Who loves their stripper?"
Title: Re: Who loves their cable jacket stripper?
Post by: John Roberts {JR} on October 28, 2016, 10:19:08 am
All I saw was "Who loves their stripper?"
I've been attracted to a few, two once at the same party (in southern CA), but the relationship never blossomed to love. Always remained transactional with $1 bills the medium of communication.

JR
Title: Re: Who loves their cable jacket stripper?
Post by: Frank Koenig on October 28, 2016, 12:18:41 pm
Technically not "mine", but I had one similar to this that I really liked.

http://www.greenlee.com/products/ADJUSTABLE-CABLE-STRIPPING-TOOL.html

Thank you all for your replies, even you Tim and JR ;) (And I confess that my title wasn't completely innocent.)

I think I'll be getting one like Stephen had and appreciate the heads up on it eating blades.

I'll also try a Cyclops for mic cables and the like -- it's a modest investment. Thank you Jonathan.

Best,

--Frank
Title: Re: Who loves their cable jacket stripper?
Post by: Tim McCulloch on October 28, 2016, 12:25:02 pm
I've been attracted to a few, two once at the same party (in southern CA), but the relationship never blossomed to love. Always remained transactional with $1 bills the medium of communication.

JR

Not attracted to strippers with brass poles and lap dances... but some some reason my brain left out a couple of words.  I've installed systems in "gentlemen's clubs" and it's interesting that the performers look at men as dollar signs (practical) while the men look at the performers as fantasy objects.  My bet is the performers come out ahead of the patrons...
Title: Re: Who loves their cable jacket stripper?
Post by: Rob Spence on October 28, 2016, 05:49:38 pm
Thank you all for your replies, even you Tim and JR ;) (And I confess that my title wasn't completely innocent.)

I think I'll be getting one like Stephen had and appreciate the heads up on it eating blades.

I'll also try a Cyclops for mic cables and the like -- it's a modest investment. Thank you Jonathan.

Best,

--Frank

For small cables like xlrs, I use the stripper I got for RG9 style coax. I also use it for cat5 etc. I take a small scrap length and adjust the cutting depth till right.



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Title: Re: Who loves their cable jacket stripper?
Post by: Jeff Bankston on October 29, 2016, 12:04:09 am
I just use a sharp belt knife. Bend and saw gently.


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Same thing I do with a utility knife and new blade.
Title: Re: Who loves their cable jacket stripper?
Post by: Scott Holtzman on October 29, 2016, 03:49:38 am
Not attracted to strippers with brass poles and lap dances... but some some reason my brain left out a couple of words.  I've installed systems in "gentlemen's clubs" and it's interesting that the performers look at men as dollar signs (practical) while the men look at the performers as fantasy objects.  My bet is the performers come out ahead of the patrons...

Why do I have the Usher song stuck in my head now....

Quote

Shawty, I don't mind if you dance on a pole
That don't make you a hoe
Shawty, I don't mind when you work until three
If you're leaving with me
Go make that money, money, money
Your money, money, money
'Cause I know how it is, go and handle your biz
And get that money, money, money
Your money, money, money
You can take off your clothes
Long as you coming home, girl, I don't mind
Title: Re: Who loves their cable jacket stripper?
Post by: Tim Hite on February 18, 2017, 04:14:37 pm
I want to get a stripper that makes a nice, controlled depth, circumferential slit on SOOW, larger sizes of THHN, etc. There are many styles and brands. Which ones do you like? Thanks.

Heres what I use:

For SO/SJ jacket. . .
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0069627PA/ref=s9_dcacsd_dcoop_bw_c_x_2_w

For mic and instrument cable jacket. . .
https://www.amazon.com/Greenlee-PA1116-SureStrip-Cutter-Stripper/dp/B00006HYUY/ref=cm_rdp_product

I used Klein Kurve multi-strippers on the actual conductors. . .unless I'm making up a bunch of cables, in which case I use a set of these, dialed in tot he appropriate size. . .
https://www.amazon.com/Klein-Tools-1004-Stripper-Cutter-Solid-Stranded/dp/B000BU8ZU6/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1487452067&sr=8-5&keywords=spring+wire+stripper
Title: Re: Who loves their cable jacket stripper?
Post by: Lee Buckalew on February 18, 2017, 06:46:34 pm
Technically not "mine", but I had one similar to this that I really liked.

http://www.greenlee.com/products/ADJUSTABLE-CABLE-STRIPPING-TOOL.html

Goes up to 750 MCM after that your on your own.  Seriously though, makes the cut around the cable, then blade turns 90 deg and will slice out to the end.  I was doing mostly THHN so just got in the habit of a razor knife-but this tool is much safer, easier and quicker.

Main downside is make sure you can geet and keep replacement blades on hand.  The one I had was private branded and couldn't find blades for it when I broke the last one.

I use one similar to this Greenlee for larger cable and snakes.

I use this WIHA https://www.wihatools.com/tech-tools/stripping-tools/precision-adjustable-stripping-tool
For smaller cables.

Lee
Title: Re: Who loves their cable jacket stripper?
Post by: Ike Zimbel on February 18, 2017, 07:10:01 pm
How much do you want to spend/how often do you use it?  There are commercial strippers from Eubanks and others that are used in factories.  I've used things with rotary drums and several blades to cut multiple layers of coax so you just pull them off.  Also fixed die machines using pneumatics to cut and pull off the insulation.

I just use a single edge razor blade.  Bend the cable away from where you're cutting and as you cut part way into the jacket the rest of it will part without nicking the internal wires.
+1!
Title: Re: Who loves their cable jacket stripper?
Post by: Pete Erskine on February 18, 2017, 07:46:56 pm
I want to get a stripper that makes a nice, controlled depth, circumferential slit on SOOW, larger sizes of THHN, etc. There are many styles and brands. Which ones do you like? Thanks.

Best,

--Frank

My favorite....

allrounder (https://www.amazon.com/JOKARI-30900-Allrounder-Stripper-Multiple/dp/B00JF4BIPI/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1487465112&sr=8-3&keywords=allrounder)
Title: Re: Who loves their cable jacket stripper?
Post by: Ryan McLeod on February 18, 2017, 08:28:22 pm
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