Craftsman’s new 2-in-1 lineman’s pliers and wire stripper (model 26001) is exactly what it sounds like – a multi-functional combination tool. It features two different pliers heads – one with jaws and wire cutter, and the other with wire stripping holes. Users change between the two pliers heads by flipping the handles around 180°
The product page says a locking mechanism allows for one handed switch from diagonal to long nose pliers, which suggests a second 2-in-1 version will also soon be released.
The wire stripper can cut and strip wires 10-21 AWG (0.8 – 2.6 mm) in size. Overall length is 7-inches.
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7″ for lineman’s pliers? That’s not going to give you a lot of leverage. Channellock’s compact 8″ lineman’s pliers are a full 1-3/8″ longer, and full-size pliers are 2-1/2″ longer.
As with the recently-discussed Craftsman Mach ratchet, this is one of those tools that sounds great at first, but then loses appeal as the idea sinks in a little more.
The short overall length, plus the added bulk and weight at the front of the tool, might make this less practical than two separate tools.
It’s still worth checking out if you like the idea of a 2-in-1 tool, but you might want to handle and examine it in-store instead of purchasing it sight-unseen online.