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Electrical Wire Maintenance Tools & Accessories

Posted by TPC Team on January 2, 2019

tools-and-accessories-electrical-wireWhen unexpected downtime occurs because of a lack of proper tools and accessories, the result can be both frustrating and costly. Electrical maintenance professionals need the right industrial grade cable tools and accessories to get the job done safely, accurately, and efficiently while simplifying repairs and replacements.


Having the right tools readily available for wire and cable maintenance needs can make a big difference in scheduled and unscheduled repairs.To reduce downtime and get the best use out of each tool, there are some key properties
for electrical maintenance professionals to consider. 

Here are 5 electrical tools and tips that will make great additions to your toolbox:

1. Small Wire Stripper

  • Great for use on smaller cables with an outside diameter ranging from 0.0395” to 0.1260”
  • Lightweight and compact enough to fit in your toolbox or back pocket
  • Can help efficiently strip electrical wire without cutting or crushing wires or wire filaments

2. Heavy-Duty Wire Stripper

  • Ideal for stripping rubber-jacketed cable
  • Replaces the use of a box cutter (using a box cutter to strip wire is a safety hazard)
  • Can help easily and safely strip jacketing on cable ranging from ¼” to 2¼” in size
  • For an optimal cut every time, keep extra replacement blades

3. Cable Stripper

  • Easily fits in toolbox or pocket
  • Can be used to cut cable jackets ranging from 0.25” to 7/8” outside diameter
  • Should snugly fit inside your hand for a safe and easy cut
  • Make sure the cable stripper includes a calibrated micrometer to allow for precise cutting depth
  • Keep replacement blades handy for a smooth cut every time

4. Ratcheting Cable Cutter

  • Used to cut aluminum or copper cables up to 1 ¼” diameter
  • Added torque provides a safer and easier cutting experience
  • Convenient for cutting cable in tight spaces
  • Make sure the blades are hardened carbon steel for re-sharpening and rust resistance
  • For an easier grip, the cable cutter should have an anti-slip coating on the handle

5. Large Handle Cable Cutter

  • Can easily cut copper and aluminum cable up to 1 ½” in diameter
  • Ensure the blade is made of rust resistant, forged steel for a clean cut and minimal distortion
  • Forged steel can be re-sharpened to last longer


If you are making repairs to your wire and cable, chances are you are also using electrical tape on a regular basis. With so many different options available, finding the right tape to protect your wire can be difficult. Choose an insulated electrical tape with extended properties that protect your electrical wire, connections, assemblies and more.

Insulating Electrical Tape

  • Self-vulcanizing
  • Made up of compounded, synthetic silicone elastomer
  • Oil, water, ozone, heat and chemical resistant
  • Heat resistance ranging from -60°F to +400°F
  • Sticks to itself, not your cable
  • No sticky residue
  • Extremely pliable, yet durable
  • High dielectric properties
  • Can be used on cable as well as electrical connections
  • Has thickness of at least 40 mil to 50 mil

Regular electrical maintenance keeps your machinery running efficiently and plays a direct role in reducing costly downtime. No matter what type of electrical cable you're using, having some key electrical wire tools and electrical wiring accessories in your toolbox can make replacing or repairing the cable a lot easier. Begin today by downloading our useful tools and accessories tip sheet to help you fill your toolbox with the right tools.


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