Channellock has come out with new wire strippers, model 968, manufactured at their Meadville, PA factory from 100% forged US steel.
Channellock says that the 968 is everything that pros have asked for, and with the strength, versatility, and durability to outlast traditional wire strippers.
The new Channellock 968 wire strippers can strip 10-20 AWG solid and stranded wire. It also features screw shears that can cut 6-32 and 8-32 machine screws.
Curved wire cutting shears are designed to contain material during handling.
Additionally, the tool features Channellock’s XLT (Xtreme Leverage Technology) design, reducing the force required to cut wire compared to other high leverage designs.
Features & Specs
- Strips 10-20 AWG wire
- Curved shear
- Machine screw shears
- Spring-loaded handle
- Pivot lock for safe storage and carrying
- Reaming head for deburring, cleaning, flaring up to 1″ conduit
- Comfort handle grips
- 7-1/2″ overall length
- Weighs 0.98 lbs
Price: $45 to $50
Let’s talk about the pricing for a moment.
At the time of this posting, you can get a Channellock basic wiring tool (model 908) for $16 via Amazon. So what do you get for around 3X more with the new Channellock XLT 968 wire strippers?
For one, you get wire stripping holes and a pliers-style gripping zone at the top, with outer jaw edges meant for conduit deburring and reaming tasks.
There’s also the curved wire cutting zone, with curved wire cutters often working much better on thicker cables and insulated wire than straight cutters.
The XLT pivot design should reduce the effort needed to cut thicker wires and cables.
And, you get molded comfort grips.
The new wire strippers are made in the USA and from 100% US-forged steel.
For occasional users, there are quite a few less expensive and competitive alternatives.
- $: Klein 11045
- $$: Klein 11055
- $$: Milwaukee Combo Stripper/Pliers
- $$$: Klein K12055
- $$$$: Knipex Installation Pliers
The Channellock wire stripper looks to have solid features. It seems a tad bit pricey, but it’s made in the USA and it also does take the place of several tools.
Having choices is always good, especially more USA-made tool options.