Tag Archives: Electrical

Klein Tools Electrician of the Year 2017

Registration for the annual Klein Tools Electrician of the Year award is open July 10th and runs through August 6th. The grand prize winner will receive $1500 worth of Klein products and a trip to experience the iconic city of their choice – Charlotte, NC; New York, NY; Las Vegas, NV; or Sturgis SD. Fan voting is […]

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Klein Tools AC/DC Auto-Ranging Digital Clamp Meter

Electricians have to measure things that can’t be seen, so having a reliable meter is essential to the job, especially since danger is hidden throughout electrical service. Like most electricians, I have a particular brand of meter that I favor but today I’m giving the Klein Tools AC/DC Auto-Ranging Digital Clamp Meter a shot. That’s […]

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Klein Tools Magnetic Wire Pulling System

Guys and girls pursuing the electrical trade quickly learn it’s one kind of job to wire up new construction when walls and ceilings are open. It’s an entirely different kind of job, requiring different tools after those walls and ceilings are sealed up. One such tool is the Klein Tools Magnetic Wire Pulling System. Last […]

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Southwire Circuit Breaker Finder with GFCI

Electricians know each time they open a service panel that the circuit breaker directory on the inside of the door is legible and accurate. Service work can begin right away without having to trace circuits to breakers. Time doesn’t need to be wasted walking back and forth from the service panel to the light or […]

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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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