Over at Home Depot, they have a bunch of Milwaukee hand tools and bundles on sale for the holidays. This is the case every year.
This year, for the 2020 season, they have Milwaukee’s 6-in-1 electrical pliers and wire stripper, 48-22-3079, on sale for $20. It’s regularly ~$25 at Home Depot and several other stores, and higher elsewhere. So, it seems you’re saving at least $5 (20%) with this deal.
I stopped by Home Depot today, and here is what the display looked like today:
The display wasn’t full the first time I saw it, but most of them appear to have been purchased already.
The store seems to have moved a lot more of these than some of the other Milwaukee tool deals, such as the screwdriver set and 2-pack of multi-bit screwdrivers. The knife 2-packs, tape measure 2-packs, and square 2-packs are all mostly gone, and at both of the Home Depot locations I visited today.
Some of Milwaukee’s hand tool deals aren’t available online yet, but I’m expecting (hoping for) that to change soon
These are good wire strippers, and with a couple of added functions:
- Pliers jsaws
- Reamer (outer jaws)
- Wire stripper
- Wire cutter
- Loop maker (wire bender)
- Machine screw cutter
They have spring-action handles, a locking lever for storage and safer carrying, and comfort grips that Milwaukee says won’t peel.
Sale Price: $20
AND, in case your store looks like mine with the display picked clean (or nearly there), here are some magical words – these are $20 with FREE SHIPPING and no minimum!
If I didn’t have a pair of these – I believe it was a review sample – I’d be all over this deal.
In case you didn’t hear, Milwaukee is also coming out with new 7-in-1 electrical pliers, and they will be launching soon for $30. The new version has wider jaws and a crimper built into the handles near the inner pivot. If you don’t care for those features, this 6-in-1 is a very good price at $20.
There’s also a similar Husky version for $13. The main difference appears to be the Milwaukee uses a curved wire cutting section compared to the flat cutting section of the Husky, and the Milwaukee also has a spring + lock where the Husky has a wire crimper.
I’m still trying to decide which one to get. Both have lifetime warranty but I assume the Husky will be an easier process.
If I were on a limited budget and needed something else as well, I’d lean towards the Husky and use the $7 towards other electrical tools. But if you’re specifically looking for an electrical tool, I’d lean a little more towards the Milwaukee.
I cut wires and cables and strip them. I have other crimpers for specialty needs. I don’t ream conduit, or at least not usually. I have separate pliers, but having jaws on these can be convenient, occasionally avoiding the need to pull out linemans pliers or other side-cutting pliers if I don’t need to.
To me, the curved wire cutters and spring-action handles are nice features, and I might spend a couple more dollars for it. They’re not necessary, though, as I have other tools to suit those needs and wants.
There are reasons to buy both, but unless you need the crimping jaws, and you’ve got $20 to spend, there’s more reason to go for the Milwaukee than the Husky. If you’re that on the fence, I’d say wait and see. The Husky will still be $13, albeit with slim availability since it’s a new release, and a 3rd option might present itself with all the deals out there this month. Or, if the Husky are Black Friday Savings, they might disappear after the season, as was true with the Husky insulated screwdrivers I bought a few years ago.
I’m sorry for not being able to help much here.
If I’m being candid, I usually prefer multiple tools, but I also bring my work to my tools, rather than having to bring my tools to my work, and so I have the liberty of being able to keep a couple of wire strippers, pliers, cutters, and what-not in a drawer or portable box that I open on my bench.
I also like Klein’s multi-purpose electrical pliers, but they’re quite pricey compared to both of these options. The Klein’s spring is clunky, but there’s also surface rust on some parts of the tool – I’m not quite sure what happened there.
I’ve always preferred the curved Klein’s. Never seen rust appear. Never literally worn out a pair. (Loaned and lost a few however). And have used them since the ‘80’s when I believe they first appeared in contractor supply outlets.
I own lots of heavier Klein and Ideal variants and a few German made versions as well but always go back to the lighter and handier (for me) curved handled ones.
Both versions as I also use sub 20 gage wire fairly often.
Oh. And they’re “Made in America“.
I bought this earlier this week. Really, really like it. I usually go Klein or Channelock, but this may change my mind on future purchases.
Knipex just came out with a new set of forged strippers, albiet at a higher price point. I tried some previous Knipex electrician’ pliers/strippers and didn’t like the the way they stripped compared to my stamped 11055 Klein Kurves (also didn’t like the forged Klein long nose), but I’m going to give these a try, because if they’re good they should cover a few bases where I would use several tools.
Knipex 13-72-8 Forged Wire Strippers, 8″ – MultiGrip
Also just noticed the forged Channellock 968’s which I haven’t seen before.
I use these pliers for most of my in-home electrical work.
I have to say that my favorite features are the machine screw cutters.
I got these for xmas last year. I’ve been extremely happy with them and really couldn’t ask for more given their price. I primarily use them for wire cutting, stripping and the pliers part. Haven’t tried cutting a machine screw with them yet. I’ve done a lot of landscape wiring and speaker wiring work with them, zero issues/complaints.
Saw this ad and thought it was a good deal. I was wrong. Bought 2 wire pliers that were supposed to be 24.99 marked down to 19.99. Went and picked up at HD and walked around to check for more deals. Found the same pliers I bought at the 19.99 price is/ was there everyday price.
Thanks for nothing
I am sorry that your Home Depot store has the pliers properly marked at their current deal pricing?
When weighing the value of tool deals, you should:
1) compare prices at other authorized dealers – I did that for this post and found the pliers/strippers typically sell for between $25 and $28 everywhere else that I checked, and are even more expensive at some dealers.
2) never assume that the price sticker in its regular retail location has not also been changed.
For instance: https://www.instagram.com/p/CHWwKpqjYHX/
I believe Dewalt’s organizers are usually $15. Right now its normal shelf sticker has a $10 price tag, although it’s covering up a $20 sticker and so I might be wrong. I wouldn’t expect to see the wrong sticker price on the shelf just because they’re on sale at a different part of the store.
All I can do is provide information to the best of my knowledge.
It is still my understanding that these pliers are discounted to $20. Home Depot says they “were” $25, and that seems reasonable since other authorized Milwaukee Tool dealers have similar or even higher pricing.
The displays at my stores were full, and now they’re not. It’s likely that the display wasn’t tidied up because I visited on a Saturday, but what I saw still reflects that they are selling at a faster rate than is typical for Milwaukee hand tool deals.
Funny, I had just the opposite reaction.
Sale display was empty, so just in case, I went to check the regular display area and found one left. I was glad to find it there at the sale price.
Oh, and this isn’t an “ad.” This is a deal post/discussion.
Yes, we have an affiliate relationship with Home Depot, as we do with other retailers, but that’s a moot point if you’re shopping at the store and not online.
I love the wire strippers. Very sharp and just easy to hold and work. I bought a out set so I have one in the garage and one in the trailer. The wire crispers work very nice also.
I’ve been using the 2nd gen Milwaukee pliers for a while now. They replaced the Klein version I had previously. Both are good tools, but the Milwaukee is much nicer to use. Strips wire much better, improved handle lock design, better pliers tips. I like the feel of the Klein better, but not enough to make me stop using these. Of all the brands that make this sort of multi pliers, I’ve used several and these are the best so far.