Klein has come out with new side-cutting pliers, model J2139NECRN, and it’s so chock-full of features that Klein press materials in some places describe it as a multi-tool in some places.
So what can it do? To start, it can cut and strip regular wiring, 10-12 AWG of solid wire, and 12-14 AWG of stranded wire. Plus, it can also crimp non-insulated connectors, lugs, and terminals.
It also features a high-leverage design, for easier cutting and greater gripping power. Here are some more features:
- High-leverage pivot
- Jaws are knurled with a cross-hatched profile for gripping
- Induction-hardened cutting knives
- Crimping die is positioned behind hinge for superior leverage
- Hot-riveted joint provides smooth action and no handle wobble
- Dual-material Journeyman handles for a more comfortable grip
- (9-inch size)
Klein says that the added functionality of the wire stripper function, saves time on the jobsite and means fewer tools needed in the tool bag.
Price: $52 (as of the time of this posting)
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These new multi-functional Klein side-cutters remind me of the all-purpose long-nose pliers that Klein came out with nearly 2 years ago.
There are some differences, aside from obvious long nose vs. lineman’s styles jaw style distinctions. For one, this one only has a couple of wire stripping holes, for fitting most common wire sizes.
It also has crimper jaws, which seems like a potentially handy feature, although I typically prefer separate standalone crimpers.
Initial pricing is quite steep – a little over $50 (currently $52.05) on Amazon, but might soften a little with time.
With electrical tools, I haven’t used a combination tool for so long, but I still keep one around. But this one does look to have all the common features than an electrician might want, without drastically changing its look or primary side-cutting priority.