Klein Tools has recently come out with some sort of partnership with SuperRod, a European maker of wire pulling tools, and one of the new tools that caught my eye was their new magnetic wire pulling system (SRS56037).
Rather than using a fishtape to blindly probe behind a wall or ceiling cavity, the idea behind magnetic wire pullers is that you can drop some sort of leader with a magnetic head into the cavity. You guide the head with a magnet from outside of the drywall, to where you need the wire to go. Then, you simply attach the wire to the leader on the other end and pull it through.
The part of the Klein’s system that goes into the wall cavity is a flat circular puck that’s attached to 20 feet of heavy duty nylon rope. The other end of the rope has a swivel leader with an eyelet for attaching the wire to be pulled. It’s not clear whether the magnet is in the puck, in the paddle you use on the outside of the wall, or both, but I infer from the above photo that the magnet is in the paddle.
Plus, if the magnet was in the puck, there would be the potential for it to become magnetically attracted or even attached to steel components inside a wall.
The new Klein magnetic wire pulling system is now available at Home Depot, online only.
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Here’s a short promo video by Klein, showing the new magnetic wire pulling system in action:
It’s interesting that Klein choose a larger puck style for the head of the leader. This means that you’ll have to drill a larger hole (or cut a wide slot?) to get the puck into a wall cavity. Other magnetic wire pulling systems use more of a small conic or rounded head, so you don’t have to drill a hole much bigger than you need to for the wire. In the above video you can see the large hole you need to drill to get the puck into the wall.
I also find it strange that they are promoting this with their low voltage wire pulling gear. You’d think that something like this would be great for pulling Romex wire in finished houses. Maybe it is, but Klein feels there’s a larger market for a product like this in low voltage wiring applications.
On the Home Depot page, it says: Perfect for routing cable between drywall and insulation or fixture installations. Great for low voltage applications. How would you interpret this?