Really interesting to see these results.
I just got a MultiStrip 10, and it perfectly stripped every wire I've tried - silicone insulated (0.14, 0.33, 0.75, 1.5, 2.5 mm2), teflon insulated (0.05, 0.15, 0.38 mm2) and PVC (0.75 mm2).
Perhaps the one you got has some quality control issue? Or try switching hands? :)
Does Weicon sell rebranded versions of the n°5? I bought a very similar tool S&G branded, dropped them on the floor once and broke the little spring mechanism inside. Needless to say they ended up in the trash. I'd love to see a comparison between the Weicon n°5 and the felo automatic wire stripper.
Just the exact comparison I was looking for, thanks.
A third rate sleight of hand but seems to fool some
Great video - well done!
Yo también creo que es mejor de todos. Lo tengo hace tiempo y es impresionante lo bien 👍 que va.
Prior to watching your video I purchased the Knipex 12 62 180 and had the same experience (not good). I will now look to purchasing Weicon. Thanks
Thanks to You I saved a lot of money. I was going to buy this crap..
I really like, when they don't strip fully. In industrial environments you often have steel grating tiles as floor, where the striped part of the wire trends to drop down a few floors. Another lovely thing, you can strip all wires at once and add ferrules in the next step. Depends on the application.
I bought the Weicon No.5 based on this review and have to say that it is the nicest wire stripper that I have ever used. Even though it is only rated down to 28AWG, it strips 30AWG with no visible damage to the copper. Cutting the insulation on 4 sides makes for an excellent and low effort tool. Would 100% recommend!
for instance, on that very small wire the cheapest, the smaller weicon is always going to perform better, I bet they would struggle if you tried to strip some 6mmsq?
why didn't you test them all on some larger cable diameter also? the wire is very small and the larger knipex tool is good for up to 10mmsq? In my experience with any of these cable strippers generally they work best just inside both the upper and lower limits and generally quite poorly at each limit
objective real-life test, no brand loyalty, "proof is in the pudding" 👍
One interesting note about Knipex 12 62 180 tool is that they now added an adjustment slider above the jaws of the tool. Unfortunately, there is no documentation about it on the website.
I am a harness technician and I'm trying to figure out the best tool to get for the price because most of my cuts are between 3 and 5 mm millimeters. I've been trying to find a video but with no luck normally the cuts that are showing on video are like 10 mm
can you do an example on how small you can get the cut in millimeters?
Having experienced similar issues with the very well-regarded Weidmüller Stripax with very thin and/or slippery wire, I can give one bit of information (which other comments have said as well): the speed at which you squeeze the handles makes a big difference. I’d be curious to see the results if you squeeze faster, as you did it slightly slowly.
Also, it doesn’t help that in your ribbon cables, the wires are bent from separating them. It helps a little bit to straighten them out before stripping. (That also helps prevent nicking the conductor.)
For sure, though, it looks like Knipex is erring on the side of being gentle on the conductors.
8:15 — About terminology: "braid" means “Geflecht”, and so is mostly relevant to shielding. Being one of multiple, I’d say “conductor” here.
Having had to deal with this very terminology topic recently, here the correct German->English translations for the electronics context, with explanations to ensure no confusion (and educate others who might not know):
Ader = conductor = a single electrical carrier (whether a wire, PCB trace, bus bar, etc.)
Einzeldraht = strand = a single solid wire specifically *when describing the construction of a conductor*
Draht = solid wire (1) = a single conductor composed of a single strand
Litze = stranded wire (1) = a single conductor composed of multiple strands
HF-Litze = litz wire = specialty stranded wire composed of many individually lacquer-insulated strands that are electrically joined to a single conductor at each end
Kabel = cable = 2 or more conductors, mechanically bundled in some way (in electronics, “cable” is generally reserved to mean 2 or more conductors that are electrically insulated from each other)
Isolierung = insulation = the nonconductive layer around a single conductor (2)
Mantel = jacket = the additional nonconductive layer around a bundle of insulated wires, forming a cable
Schirm = shield (AKA screen) = a conductive layer added around a wire or cable to provide protection against electromagnetic interference
Flachbandkabel = ribbon cable = multiple individually-insulated wires joined into a cable as a flat ribbon
Folienkabel = flat flex cable (AKA flexible flat cable, FFC) = a type of ribbon cable *with flat conductors* within a plastic tape
Abisolieren = (wire) stripping = removing insulation from a wire
Abmanteln = jacket (or cable) stripping = removing jacket from cable
“Sheath” is a word that is unfortunately used variably to mean a jacket, shield, or an extra layer on a cable to provide more mechanical protection. It’s essential to investigate what is meant when you encounter it, if it’s not absolutely clear from context.
The above is the most common usage. No doubt there are exceptions, of course.
(1) In English, “wire” is the umbrella term for all kinds of wire, and does not suggest any specific construction.
(2) In English, “isolation” has more of the connotation of the _concept_ of separation, even if just accomplished passively by keeping distance, while “insulation” means the material _added specifically_ to stop electrical, thermal, or acoustic energy from moving. So in English we can say that electrical _isolation_ can be accomplished by the use of electrical _insulators_ .
IN-sulation, not I-solation
You have to be carefull not get cutted isolation material stuck in front of the bottom blade slider, otherwise the to blades are not centered and you won´t get a good cut. It is really hard to see on the video if there is something stuck, but that could caused the problem on the expensive knipex.
are these still available? cant find them anywhere in the UK
hope it was made 100% metal instead of cheap plastic
Where can I purchase these?
can this bad boy strip the outer sheet off twin&earth cable also?