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Posted: 8/11/2013 8:28:17 AM EST
WTF is this crap?

I am a Home depot guy, but Lowes is much closer to my house...
Stopped in to get a new tape and channel loc's

Stopped over the electrical section and ALL their Knipex and Greenlee
Ideal meters are off the shelves and stocked up with Southwire.....

No tools as of yet, the Website is still being built
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Posted: 8/11/2013 8:30:58 AM EST
Yeah they have moved to "home owner grade" I used to get a lot of Greenlee and Ideal stuff from there to send overseas for work. Now I just buy online and avoid the hassle and sales tax.

I do go to HD if I need some Ridgid tools though
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Posted: 8/11/2013 8:32:22 AM EST
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The only good thing about Lowes was that they had Knipex. I'll have to check to see if I can grab some clearance items this week.
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Posted: 8/11/2013 8:32:26 AM EST


Southwire has been around for decades. At least when I used to work for UL, they were owned by Leviton.


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[Jump To Reply]Originally Posted By Mech2007:


Southwire has been around for decades. At least when I used to work for UL, they were owned by Leviton.




Their handtools suck. And "suck" is a generous word for how crappy they are.
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Posted: 8/11/2013 8:35:38 AM EST
[Jump To Reply]Originally Posted By itstock:
The only good thing about Lowes was that they had Knipex. I'll have to check to see if I can grab some clearance items this week.


Yeah, the had ONE pair of Knipex dykes....From, $26 down to $19
I just got a new pair of Klein a few weeks ago.

I guess that is why Contractors go to HD or a supply house
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Posted: 8/11/2013 8:37:07 AM EST
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[Jump To Reply]Originally Posted By hightech_redneck:
Originally Posted By itstock:
The only good thing about Lowes was that they had Knipex. I'll have to check to see if I can grab some clearance items this week.


Yeah, the had ONE pair of Knipex dykes....From, $26 down to $19
I just got a new pair of Klein a few weeks ago.

I guess that is why Contractors go to HD or a supply house


Klein is going to shit also.
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Posted: 8/11/2013 9:41:38 AM EST
Fluke and Klein or stay in your mom's basement playing with the electric trains.
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Posted: 8/11/2013 9:46:34 AM EST
I only use quality tools.
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Posted: 8/11/2013 9:48:08 AM EST
Fluke, Klein, Greenlee, will use others in a pinch, but especially the cutting tools are worth it.
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Posted: 8/11/2013 10:55:05 AM EST
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[Jump To Reply]Originally Posted By brass:
Fluke, Klein, Greenlee, will use others in a pinch, but especially the cutting tools are worth it.


I have had my Kline ratchet cutters fail twice. They fixed them, but it would have sucked if my buddy was not around with his.

For $400 I figure they would hold up better.
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[Jump To Reply]Originally Posted By WilliamGray:
Originally Posted By brass:
Fluke, Klein, Greenlee, will use others in a pinch, but especially the cutting tools are worth it.


I have had my Kline ratchet cutters fail twice. They fixed them, but it would have sucked if my buddy was not around with his.

For $400 I figure they would hold up better.


If you are using them heavily, then you need to go to the German made ones for about double that. They'll only break a paycheck once, and nothing after that.

Sort of like the Facom wire cutters.
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[Jump To Reply]Originally Posted By brass:
Originally Posted By WilliamGray:
Originally Posted By brass:
Fluke, Klein, Greenlee, will use others in a pinch, but especially the cutting tools are worth it.


I have had my Kline ratchet cutters fail twice. They fixed them, but it would have sucked if my buddy was not around with his.

For $400 I figure they would hold up better.


If you are using them heavily, then you need to go to the German made ones for about double that. They'll only break a paycheck once, and nothing after that.

Sort of like the Facom wire cutters.



Using them on 646mcm.
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Using them on 646mcm.


Shouldn't have been a problem. Let me know if your stuff breaks again so I can upgrade before it hits the news.
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Posted: 8/11/2013 12:04:05 PM EST
[Jump To Reply]Originally Posted By WilliamGray:
Originally Posted By brass:
Originally Posted By WilliamGray:
Originally Posted By brass:
Fluke, Klein, Greenlee, will use others in a pinch, but especially the cutting tools are worth it.


I have had my Kline ratchet cutters fail twice. They fixed them, but it would have sucked if my buddy was not around with his.

For $400 I figure they would hold up better.


If you are using them heavily, then you need to go to the German made ones for about double that. They'll only break a paycheck once, and nothing after that.

Sort of like the Facom wire cutters.



Using them on 646mcm.

What model Klein cutter? What material/type of conductor?
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Posted: 8/11/2013 12:18:13 PM EST
[Jump To Reply]Originally Posted By cheez:
Fluke and Klein or stay in your mom's basement playing with the electric trains.

Well I guess I'll stay home and play with my Knipex tools then
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[Jump To Reply]Originally Posted By TheCanuck:
Originally Posted By cheez:
Fluke and Klein or stay in your mom's basement playing with the electric trains.

Well I guess I'll stay home and play with my Knipex tools then


Me too. Oh well.
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[Jump To Reply]Originally Posted By cheez:
Fluke and Klein or stay in your mom's basement playing with the electric trains.


Agreed.
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[Jump To Reply]Originally Posted By itstock:
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Originally Posted By cheez:
Fluke and Klein or stay in your mom's basement playing with the electric trains.

Well I guess I'll stay home and play with my Knipex tools then


Me too. Oh well.

I wish I was a professional enough to use Klein and stuff
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[Jump To Reply]Originally Posted By WilliamGray:
Originally Posted By hightech_redneck:
Originally Posted By itstock:
The only good thing about Lowes was that they had Knipex. I'll have to check to see if I can grab some clearance items this week.


Yeah, the had ONE pair of Knipex dykes....From, $26 down to $19
I just got a new pair of Klein a few weeks ago.

I guess that is why Contractors go to HD or a supply house


Klein is going to shit also.


The last few sets of screwdrivers I have bought from Klein have been less than impressive.
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Posted: 8/11/2013 12:35:27 PM EST
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[Jump To Reply]Originally Posted By Gopher:
Originally Posted By WilliamGray:
Originally Posted By hightech_redneck:
Originally Posted By itstock:
The only good thing about Lowes was that they had Knipex. I'll have to check to see if I can grab some clearance items this week.


Yeah, the had ONE pair of Knipex dykes....From, $26 down to $19
I just got a new pair of Klein a few weeks ago.

I guess that is why Contractors go to HD or a supply house


Klein is going to shit also.


The last few sets of screwdrivers I have bought from Klein have been less than impressive.

It's not their screwdrivers that are the problem for me, it's their pliers and cutters
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Posted: 8/11/2013 12:35:30 PM EST
I'm a commercial electrician, and just bought a Southwire meter to try out. I've had fluke, ideal (biggest pile of junk ever), greenlee, and recently a Klein. The Southwire seems to be doing just fine. It's the 1000amp AC/DC true RMS. the greenlee and ideal used to tell me lies about voltage and resistance.

Having had too many tools destroyed on construction sites, I quit using my flukes for everyday use. As for a "disposable" meter, I had my Klein for 3 years without a problem until it grew legs, and after two weeks, the Southwire has been worth the $115 I spent on it


For hand tools, I'll stick with Klein. Would go knipex, but I like being able to go in nearly any supply house and swap something out if the need arises
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[Jump To Reply]Originally Posted By Powderfinger:
Originally Posted By WilliamGray:
Originally Posted By brass:
Originally Posted By WilliamGray:
Originally Posted By brass:
Fluke, Klein, Greenlee, will use others in a pinch, but especially the cutting tools are worth it.


I have had my Kline ratchet cutters fail twice. They fixed them, but it would have sucked if my buddy was not around with his.

For $400 I figure they would hold up better.


If you are using them heavily, then you need to go to the German made ones for about double that. They'll only break a paycheck once, and nothing after that.

Sort of like the Facom wire cutters.



Using them on 646mcm.

What model Klein cutter? What material/type of conductor?


Copper 646mcm dlo. And 4awg 3/c. VFD cable.

Cutter is German made 63060.

The sprig on the ratchet pawl falls out. So does the one between the grips, but I can still use them when that happens.
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[Jump To Reply]Originally Posted By Gopher:
Originally Posted By WilliamGray:
Originally Posted By hightech_redneck:
Originally Posted By itstock:
The only good thing about Lowes was that they had Knipex. I'll have to check to see if I can grab some clearance items this week.


Yeah, the had ONE pair of Knipex dykes....From, $26 down to $19
I just got a new pair of Klein a few weeks ago.

I guess that is why Contractors go to HD or a supply house


Klein is going to shit also.


The last few sets of screwdrivers I have bought from Klein have been less than impressive.



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These failed on #4 copper. Cast steel.

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[Jump To Reply]Originally Posted By TheCanuck:
Originally Posted By Gopher:
Originally Posted By WilliamGray:
Originally Posted By hightech_redneck:
Originally Posted By itstock:
The only good thing about Lowes was that they had Knipex. I'll have to check to see if I can grab some clearance items this week.


Yeah, the had ONE pair of Knipex dykes....From, $26 down to $19
I just got a new pair of Klein a few weeks ago.

I guess that is why Contractors go to HD or a supply house


Klein is going to shit also.


The last few sets of screwdrivers I have bought from Klein have been less than impressive.

It's not their screwdrivers that are the problem for me, it's their pliers and cutters


I gave up on Klein after their diagonal cutter tips kept breaking off. That was over a 3 year span, and about 20 different pairs. Their screwdrivers have sucked for a while IMO. But they are still better than Southwire.
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I gave up on Klein after their diagonal cutter tips kept breaking off. That was over a 3 year span, and about 20 different pairs. Their screwdrivers have sucked for a while IMO. But they are still better than Southwire.

The gap between my lineman's jaws is so wide they won't hold on to a piece of metal stud.
My lineman's and diagonal cutters were so hard to open and close I had to use almost a whole can of WD40 to get them to drop open with 0 input from me.
My Knipex have been flawless on all respects.

I'm having a hard time deciding which cutters in Knipex's line I'll get for cutting BX
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Copper 646mcm dlo. And 4awg 3/c. VFD cable.

Cutter is German made 63060.

The sprig on the ratchet pawl falls out. So does the one between the grips, but I can still use them when that happens.

That cutter is rated for 400 MCM CU max, which is meant to be building wire or "compact conductor" type cable. I realize the DLO cable is finely stranded and should "give" easier than building wire, but have to wonder if the 646 DLO cable is too much for the Klein 63069 cutter and causing it fo fail.

The Klein 63750 would probably hold up better.
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Copper 646mcm dlo. And 4awg 3/c. VFD cable.

Cutter is German made 63060.

The sprig on the ratchet pawl falls out. So does the one between the grips, but I can still use them when that happens.

That cutter is rated for 400 MCM CU max, which is meant to be building wire or "compact conductor" type cable. I realize the DLO cable is finely stranded and should "give" easier than building wire, but have to wonder if the 646 DLO cable is too much for the Klein 63069 cutter and causing it fo fail.

The Klein 63750 would probably hold up better.

We have told Klein what it failed on. They fixed it. They just said the cut would not be as clean.

The actual cutter and ratchet are fine. It is just the return spring on the pawl and the return spring between the grips.
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[Jump To Reply]Originally Posted By WilliamGray:
These failed on #4 copper. Cast steel.

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I found a pair of 9 inch Kobalt cutters like those. So far they have held up well. Even been used to drive a j hook in a pole a time or two.
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[Jump To Reply]Originally Posted By WilliamGray:
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Originally Posted By itstock:
The only good thing about Lowes was that they had Knipex. I'll have to check to see if I can grab some clearance items this week.


Yeah, the had ONE pair of Knipex dykes....From, $26 down to $19
I just got a new pair of Klein a few weeks ago.

I guess that is why Contractors go to HD or a supply house


Klein is going to shit also.



Klein has been going to shit for a while.

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[Jump To Reply]Originally Posted By Gopher:
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These failed on #4 copper. Cast steel.

https://fbcdn-photos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/s720x720/1094936_10201195304916911_1379702319_n.jpg



I found a pair of 9 inch Kobalt cutters like those. So far they have held up well. Even been used to drive a j hook in a pole a time or two.

I refer to my lineman's pliers as my electrician's hammer
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Originally Posted By WilliamGray:
These failed on #4 copper. Cast steel.

https://fbcdn-photos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/s720x720/1094936_10201195304916911_1379702319_n.jpg



I found a pair of 9 inch Kobalt cutters like those. So far they have held up well. Even been used to drive a j hook in a pole a time or two.

I refer to my lineman's pliers as my electrician's hammer


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Originally Posted By WilliamGray:
These failed on #4 copper. Cast steel.

https://fbcdn-photos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/s720x720/1094936_10201195304916911_1379702319_n.jpg



I found a pair of 9 inch Kobalt cutters like those. So far they have held up well. Even been used to drive a j hook in a pole a time or two.

I refer to my lineman's pliers as my electrician's hammer


That's because you actually take your tools out of the bag

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[Jump To Reply]Originally Posted By TheCanuck:
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These failed on #4 copper. Cast steel.

https://fbcdn-photos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/s720x720/1094936_10201195304916911_1379702319_n.jpg



I found a pair of 9 inch Kobalt cutters like those. So far they have held up well. Even been used to drive a j hook in a pole a time or two.

I refer to my lineman's pliers as my electrician's hammer


I use channel locks for that.
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Fluke, Klein, Greenlee, will use others in a pinch, but especially the cutting tools are worth it.



This except for harbor freight pvc ratchet cutters. Which for reason work great.
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[Jump To Reply]Originally Posted By WilliamGray:
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The only good thing about Lowes was that they had Knipex. I'll have to check to see if I can grab some clearance items this week.


Yeah, the had ONE pair of Knipex dykes....From, $26 down to $19
I just got a new pair of Klein a few weeks ago.

I guess that is why Contractors go to HD or a supply house


Klein is going to shit also.


The first time I saw their stuff in a HD, I suspected it wouldn't be long.

Glad I got my leather and canvas stuff already I guess. It should last me.
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Originally Posted By WilliamGray:
These failed on #4 copper. Cast steel.

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I found a pair of 9 inch Kobalt cutters like those. So far they have held up well. Even been used to drive a j hook in a pole a time or two.

I refer to my lineman's pliers as my electrician's hammer


I use channel locks for that.

Yeah but the lineman's have more heft
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Klein and Fluke

for small precision screwdrivers, Felo.
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[Jump To Reply]Originally Posted By WinstonSmith:
Originally Posted By WilliamGray:
Originally Posted By hightech_redneck:
Originally Posted By itstock:
The only good thing about Lowes was that they had Knipex. I'll have to check to see if I can grab some clearance items this week.


Yeah, the had ONE pair of Knipex dykes....From, $26 down to $19
I just got a new pair of Klein a few weeks ago.

I guess that is why Contractors go to HD or a supply house


Klein is going to shit also.


The first time I saw their stuff in a HD, I suspected it wouldn't be long.

Glad I got my leather and canvas stuff already I guess. It should last me.

I have this pouch. Serves me very well
http://www.kleintools.com/catalog/powerline-combo-sets/powerline-4-piece-electricians-combo-set-extra-large
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I have given up on pouches. I almost always have a cart near by so I keep my tool bag on it with all my gizmos. When I'm working on something I just stuff tools in my pockets. Been wearing 5.11 pants to help with it
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[Jump To Reply]Originally Posted By RabidMonkeyPox:
I have given up on pouches. I almost always have a cart near by so I keep my tool bag on it with all my gizmos. When I'm working on something I just stuff tools in my pockets. Been wearing 5.11 pants to help with it

Cargo pants are a must.

I'm thinking of getting a tool bag too. Use the pouch for when I'm up a ladder or cisorlift or something.
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Fluke and Klein or stay in your mom's basement playing with the electric trains.

Well I guess I'll stay home and play with my Knipex tools then


lol agreed. The only other guy in my shop that does any wiring thought I was crazy for not buying Klein everything. Now he loves Knipex especially my multistrips
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[Jump To Reply]Originally Posted By Scufflefluffle:
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Fluke and Klein or stay in your mom's basement playing with the electric trains.

Well I guess I'll stay home and play with my Knipex tools then


lol agreed. The only other guy in my shop that does any wiring thought I was crazy for not buying Klein everything. Now he loves Knipex especially my multistrips


These?
http://www.knipex.com/index.php?id=1216&L=1&page=group_detail&parentID=1363&groupID=1376
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I have a Klein backpack. Love it. Looks geeky as hell but I don't care.
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[Jump To Reply]Originally Posted By WilliamGray:
I have a Klein backpack. Love it. Looks geeky as hell but I don't care.

I thought of getting one. I work in a place that has contractor parking about a mile away. So I need super duper OPSEC when I bring my tools in and out of the parking garage.
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