Many people do not realize that there are different kinds of automatic wire strippers. The term “automatic” tends to confuse some people because there are both electric and hand powered auto wire strippers. Although automatic, electric and manual stripping tools are not designed to do the same type of job. So, which kind of automatic wire stripper is best – manual or electric? As detailed in this article, the answer depends on a couple of different factors.
When a Handheld Tool is Best
If you are working with small electronics, such as circuit boards that have many components connected, and you plan to run wire to or from it, then you are better off using a hand held automatic wire stripper. These tools have a handle that resembles scissors and a head that will clinch wire tightly without cutting it. They will also automatically pull on the wire to remove the insulation.
When using a handheld tool, you can easily cut through a wire and damage it if you do not use them correctly. An electric auto stripper on the other hand, virtually eliminates this danger as long as you are using it correctly and stripping an appropriate gauge of wire. Most automatic strippers can strip wire that is 10 gauge and larger.
When an Electric Tool is Best
If you are working with a large amount of wire that needs to be stripped, you need an electric or “scrap” wire stripper tool. A model like this must be clamped down onto a table and can be used to remove multiple yards of wire very quickly and easily. A scrap wire stripper can save you an immense amount of time when you have a large amount of wire to strip.
You should realize that an electric automatic tool is generally not to be used with wire that is smaller than 10 gauge in size. If you use them on anything smaller than 10-gauge wire, there is a good chance that it will be damaged because the wire is so thin. For wire that is 10 gauge in size and smaller, a hand held tool is your best choice.
Tips for Use
When using your stripping tool, be sure that you feed a good amount of the wire through the tool. If you do not give the stripper enough wire, then the insulation may slip off the tool. Clasp the tool firmly, and when it comes time to strip, do it in a smooth motion. If you were not successful the first time, move the wire down to one smaller gauge size. If you follow these simple guidelines, you should be able to strip your wire cleanly and very quickly.