IRWIN Automatic Wire Strippers – Review


Irwin StrippersUnless you’re Edward Scissorhands, stripping wires sucks.  Using your teeth, or side cutters always ends up with poor quality results.  Thank god for the automatic wire stripper!  It takes this tedious task and gives you almost perfect professional results every time.  You simply insert the wire into the tool and squeeze.  Most wire strippers have groove cutters so if you have a 10 AWG wire you would need to put that in the corresponding 10 AWG groove.  This is nice, but it also slows down the process a bit making repetitive work take a little longer.  This is where automatic wire strippers come in.


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IRWIN now offers a Self Adjusting Wire Stripper.  Basically it does away with the grooves, just insert any 10-24 AWG wire and squeeze.  It adjusts to the gauge automatically.  You can dial the tension nut to get a perfectly stripped wire every time.  We found it to be precise, even on thin wire.  Dialed down it easily stripped the sheath off of a cat 5 cable.   It  allows you to strip back cable sheathing when you need to make a tap in the wire.

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The tool feels ergonomic and the grips are very comfortable with or without gloves on.  For more control it has a plastic depth gauge that you can set to adjust your stripped length.  You can also twist it down and out of the way so you can tap or strip longer sheathing.  The crimping and cutting feature make a nice all around tool to have in your work bag.  IRWIN covers this tool with a lifetime warranty.  Overall the IRWIN automatic wire strippers are a great tool and I would recommend them to anyone.






  1. I always love your videos. I am impressed it is consistent in not totally ruining the wires…. I think I will go grab me a pair now!

  2. I have messed up more wires trying to strip them, then get frustrated and the wire
    stripper grows wings and goes sailing accross the yard. This looks like just what
    I need. Try to avoid anything having to do with stripping wires, but now I think
    this will work EVEN FOR ME.

  3. Male strippers, female strippers are fine for most but give me a good set of wire strippers and I’m happy and I don’t have to tip them.

  4. found irwin wire strippers at sears ..took to counter bought
    it with reward points had on my strippers i ever
    owned..using old type ones with holes in them pull wire trough
    no more.tried these on R6 cable work perfect..glad watch video
    didn,t really know what yellow plastic piece was for on tool.after
    watching video..stopper for adjusting cutting of

  5. When my Klein Katapult stripper dies I might have to look into these… So I will probably never get these. But this still looks like a quality tool.

  6. I appreciate the info given is primarily for the US market, giving the AWG sizes for these cutters. But there is a big wide world out there that has access to buying this tool and don’t work in AWG but work in metric measurement. Sure we can look at a conversion table to translate AWG to metric but it would be nice not to have to do that. Please, for the rest of the world include us in your description of this great insulation stripper.
    measurements. It would be nice to feel our system is catered for too.


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