Tag Archives: Electrical

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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Milwaukee Exact 12T U-Style Dies

Crimping connectors is at the core of the electrical installation process. Often core tasks are so standardized that the innovation period around them has long since passed. But Milwaukee aims to change that with the new Milwaukee Exact 12T U-style Dies. The dies have lengths specifically designed to match each connector width from #8 to 750 […]

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Bosch Impact Tough Titanium Drill Bit Set

Drill bits are a staple of the jobsite because, well, something always needs a hole in it. You may think you need more drill bit information like you need a hole in the head, but not all coatings and treatments are well-suited for every job. I’ll use just about any bits, but I usually find myself […]

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Southwire SIMpull Fish Tape Preview with Video

The new Southwire SIMpull Fish Tape line consists of eight new models varying in leader type, width, length and case size. The fish tapes are made of a non-conductive polymer that has a low coefficient of friction, allowing the tape to easily glide through EMT and PVC conduit much faster than steel and fiberglass fish […]

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