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Be a Professional ElectricianThis set of tools will make you a better and safer electrician. The quality is exceptional and you can work with confidence that you will not get bit" while changing a switch or socket ever again. The wire stripper is magnificent. I joined this kit with the electrical troubleshooting kit. Now I have the best tools for almost any electrical task. The feel and control of the screwdrivers is exceptional. If you do your own electrical work, this kit is a can't miss."
Great SetNo complaints, set works for all my needs.
Not Ready For Prime TimeThis is definitely not a kit for home electrical applications. The 2 screwdrivers are insulated but are not robust enough to handle such tasks as connecting typical household wire to wall switches or receptacles, not to mention connecting wires to a circuit breaker in a breaker box. The blades are just too small for household electrical work. The wire stripper wouldn't strip wire larger than AWG 16 nor would the scissors cut wire larger than that size. Cutting or stripping AWG 10 is out of the question. This would more aptly be a kit for an electronic application where smaller wire and screws would be used.
Response By: Garrett Wade Tech Department
Hi LWillie- I'm sorry that these tools have been a disappointment to you. All of our tools are backed by a 90-day return policy so if they don't meet your expectations please return them for a full refund. We've used them extensively to become personally familiar with their function. Here is what we (and others) experienced:
We had no problems stripping a range of wires from 24 to 10 gauge (AWG), particularly household wires at 12 & 14 gauge. We also stripped phone wires and wires for hobby electronics - no problem. We did experience that it functions best when actuated with a quick decisive squeeze. When we used it slowly so we could watch how it strips the cable - because frankly, we were fascinated - it was less effective. Speed is an important part of its function. As for the screwdrivers, the flat head is intended for the slotted screws found on faceplates. The Philips worked nicely for all the work we've done inside switches, outlets etc. The scissors always cut well for us, all gauges. However, none of these tools are meant for work inside a breaker panel. Breaker panels require a high level of professional knowledge about torque requirements, safety protocols, etc. that we do not encourage a non-professional to attempt.
NiceNice set of basic tools, especially like the scissors, the stripper is a little flimsy.