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Knipex pliers

Post by Aaron » Fri Sep 08, 2017 12:08 pm

Anyone familiar with this brand? They're made in Germany, and they're at my local big box (Menards). The tools are expensive but they look like premium quality stuff!

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Post by A. Spruce » Fri Sep 08, 2017 1:32 pm

No, I've not seen or used them. Buy some, send me a pair, I'll let you know. ;)
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Re: Knipex pliers

Post by Aaron » Fri Sep 08, 2017 2:34 pm

These needle nose are just so nice; they have strippers for 14 and 12 gauge with cutters. The jaws are slightly wide too so they could do lineman plier duty in a pinch.

But this plier is something like $49 at Menards!

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Post by A. Spruce » Fri Sep 08, 2017 2:51 pm

That is quite pricy, but by the looks of the, they are precision cut/accurate, so one would expect them to perform well. One thing with the cutter, do the jaws close completely, in this case, bypass? This is an issue with most side cutters, the cutting face does not extend all the way into the joint, which means that it not only won't cut anything worth a damn, it moves the point of leverage away from the joint, making cuts all that much more difficult.

I still say you should send me a pair and I'll test them out for ya! :mrgreen:
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Post by Admin » Fri Sep 08, 2017 3:15 pm

I have a set of Knipex slip jaw pliers. I like 'em. Yeah they're pricey but seem to be of top quality.

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Post by emtnut » Fri Sep 08, 2017 6:00 pm

I'll second that .. .Knipex are up there with Klein (usa) and Wiha , with electricians anyways.

Certainly get what you pay for with these ;)
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Post by Aaron » Sat Sep 09, 2017 9:56 am

I could win the lottery, but I might be happier winning complete sets of Knipex, Wiha, and Kein tools. lol

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Post by Mastercarpentry » Mon Oct 23, 2017 9:16 pm

Knipex is top-quality and worth the cost. I have only one slip-joint plier but I've seen many others in use and all the owners agree with them being as good as it gets.

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Post by Shannon » Mon Oct 23, 2017 9:34 pm

Yup great tools. I just wish their linesman pliers had the little spring that opens the jaws. I was in the market for a new set and found theirs not to have that spring.
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Re: Knipex pliers

Post by Aaron » Mon Oct 23, 2017 11:00 pm

Oh thats interesting, I only just noticed like a month ago the “Kobalt” linesman pliers that I got from Lowe’s a few years ago have that spring. I never really appreciated its function; I guess I’ve always taken it for granted. The linemans pliers that I lost didn’t have that spring—at least I don’t think they did because I think the handles stayed together when I wasn’t using them.

I don’t mind the spring, but I wish there was a way to lock them closed. I suppose I could rubber-band the handles together...

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Post by A. Spruce » Mon Oct 23, 2017 11:19 pm

Aaron wrote:
Mon Oct 23, 2017 11:00 pm
I don’t mind the spring, but I wish there was a way to lock them closed. I suppose I could rubber-band the handles together...
I don't like the spring for that very reason. Using the old standard isn't that difficult and ultimately is easier because you're not fighting them in and out of your tool pouch or back pocket.
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Re: Knipex pliers

Post by Shannon » Tue Oct 24, 2017 7:44 am

A. Spruce wrote:
Mon Oct 23, 2017 11:19 pm
Aaron wrote:
Mon Oct 23, 2017 11:00 pm
I don’t mind the spring, but I wish there was a way to lock them closed. I suppose I could rubber-band the handles together...
I don't like the spring for that very reason. Using the old standard isn't that difficult and ultimately is easier because you're not fighting them in and out of your tool pouch or back pocket.
LOL you must have had a really strong spring or your old man hands are getting too weak! :P I first started with linesman pliers years ago working commercial construction. We used them for tying rebar
,sooo much easier to use .I guess thats what I have gotten used to so now when I pick up a pair without the spring I really notice the difference.
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Re: Knipex pliers

Post by Aaron » Tue Oct 24, 2017 1:27 pm

Shannon wrote:
Tue Oct 24, 2017 7:44 am
LOL you must have had a really strong spring or your old man hands are getting too weak! :P I first started with linesman pliers years ago working commercial construction. We used them for tying rebar
,sooo much easier to use .I guess thats what I have gotten used to so now when I pick up a pair without the spring I really notice the difference.
It puzzle me why you didn’t use linesman pliers on your receptacle video!

I can’t NOT use linesman pliers when working with twisting wire. Wires just slip right out of the jaws of regular pliers. But you seemed to do just fine with them.

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Post by Shannon » Tue Oct 24, 2017 2:03 pm

Aaron wrote:
Tue Oct 24, 2017 1:27 pm
Shannon wrote:
Tue Oct 24, 2017 7:44 am
LOL you must have had a really strong spring or your old man hands are getting too weak! :P I first started with linesman pliers years ago working commercial construction. We used them for tying rebar
,sooo much easier to use .I guess thats what I have gotten used to so now when I pick up a pair without the spring I really notice the difference.
It puzzle me why you didn’t use linesman pliers on your receptacle video!

I can’t NOT use linesman pliers when working with twisting wire. Wires just slip right out of the jaws of regular pliers. But you seemed to do just fine with them.

That is the tool box I am adding linesman's to. I have never used them with electrical but have always had a set in my regular carpentry apron, like I said used them for rebar all the time and just got used to having a pair in the apron.
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Re: Knipex pliers

Post by Aaron » Tue Oct 24, 2017 2:52 pm

They're heavy and take up a lot of space, but they are a must-have for electrical splicing.

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