Tag Archives: Electrical

Top 10 Tools Every Electrician Needs: Training the Apprentice

Every trade has its tools – and while many trades use mostly “general” ones such as saws and drills – Professional electricians have several tools uniquely tailored for the job. That’s because they have to measure what can’t be seen, in units that are hard for the non-Pro to understand, in quantities that can be […]

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Southwire Hand Cable Benders

Southwire recently introduced two new Southwire Hand Cable Benders for 350 and 500 MCM diameters. Both benders feature a forged, one-piece high steel strength design with black oxide finish and dipped grip handles. Our Take To the layman who’s familiar only with wire gauges common in residential homes, it won’t be immediately clear why a […]

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Klein Tools 9-Inch Angled Head Diagonal Cutting Pliers

If there’s one eternal truth about electrical work, it’s that wires need cuttin’. And what company has more experience with wire cutting tools than Klein whose first product in 1857 was, in fact, a pair of side cutting pliers? Now Klein offers many different types of wire cutters, one of which is the Klein Tools 9-Inch […]

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Southwire Compact Ratcheting Cable Cutter

Southwire recently introduced the Southwire Compact Ratcheting Cable Cutter for copper and aluminum cables up to 600 Kcmil. This cutter features a quick release lever that opens at any time during operation, a two-step ratcheting mechanism, molded grip, and replaceable, hardened steel blades. Our Take We’ve said it before and it bears repeating – if there’s an […]

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Southwire Max Punch XD Knockout Tool

Way back in 2009, Southwire acquired Maxis to expand its product offering and build upon the contractor-focused approach to tool development since, as Southwire said at the time, “great ideas come from the jobsite.” Amen to that. One of those erstwhile Maxis tools to get Southwire’s spin is the Max Punch Pro now known as the […]

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Southwire Smart Clamp Meter – MaintenancePRO 1000A Review

As the adage goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure—and so it is with electrical service. Monitoring and assessing function are essential for performance, safety, and preventing costly damage down the road. The Southwire Smart Clamp Meter (MaintenancePRO Smart 1000A) is loaded with features for doing just that. I took the […]

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Southwire 8-Inch Linesman’s Multi-Tool Plier

Any tool that can successfully combine several functions is worth considering: it means a lighter load, more space in the tool bag, and fewer things to lose! But merging tools can sometimes compromise the utility of the individual functions, so manufacturers must walk a fine line. Fortunately, Southwire’s been in this business for a while […]

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FLIR DM284 Thermal Imaging Multimeter

Improvements in tool technology from one generation to the next are typically marginal simply because leaps and bounds can’t happen every day. But every so often a tool receives a significant innovation and, if it happens to be a tool of your trade, you consider yourself fortunate. Your job gets easier, your workflow more efficient, and […]

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New Klein Tools Overview: Fall 2016

Klein Tools recently introduced a bunch of new offerings just in time for Christmas. Electricians, be sure to check out the new Klein Tools before you talk to Santa. We saw tools like the new lighted torpedo level and updated tape measure at STAFDA 2016 a few weeks ago. We’d love to go into greater […]

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Ideal Vol-Con Elite Voltage/Continuity Tester

The Ideal Vol-Con Elite Voltage/Continuity Tester combines attributes of a solenoid tester, such as a vibration mode and low impedance, with the safety capabilities and higher test accuracy of digital circuitry. The Ideal Vol-Con Elite Voltage/Continuity Tester is designed for electrical contractors working in residential, commercial and industrial environments. Ideal claims it does not heat up during […]

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