Over the summer we heard that Lowes was changing over from offering Channellock, Knipex, Greenlee, and Ideal electrician tools, and replacing them with Southwire tools. After clearancing out most of these popular brands’ offerings, Lowes restocked their electrical tools with Southwire-branded tools. This changeover included hand tools, multimeters, and pretty much ever sub-category of electrical tools.
This all took place a couple of months ago, and I find myself wondering if anyone has purchased or used any of Southwire’s new tools.
I was looking over a thread on the Electrician Talk forum, and the community there is NOT embracing the new Southwire tools. The same sentiment is present wherever there is online discussion of Southwire tools.
Personally, I see no reason to buy Southwire tools. I have looked over their broad product line, and nothing really appeals to me. All of their tools popped up overnight, almost all at once, and I find myself wondering why I should buy Southwire knockout punches instead of Greenlee’s. Southwire wire strippers vs. Klein? Southwire pliers, cable cutters, or multimeters?
If I need an electrical tool NOW, my first instinct would be to go to Home Depot.
What I’m hoping is that someone, somewhere, will chime in and say something like “yea, I bought a pair of pliers, and they’re actually pretty good. I’m glad I purchased them instead of Klein/Channellock/Knipex/Ideal/etc.” But to be honest, I think it’s a long shot.
These tools have been on the market for a couple of months now, and so I feel it’s a good time to ask:
Have you used them?
Would you use them?
What do you think about them?