Klein Tools has come out with a new “Hybrid” pliers with crimper, which they describe as an all-in-one solution for wiring professionals.
The new Klein pliers, model J215-8CR, can be used to strip, cut, twist, shear, and crimp.
- High-leverage design
- can strip 10-14 AWG solid and 12-16 AWG stranded wire
- Knurled jaws for gripping and twisting wires
- Shears 6-32 and 8-32 machine screws
- Crimps non-insulated connectors, terminals, and lugs
- Dual-mode Journeyman handles
They’re made in the USA.
Personally, I prefer having several tools vs. one do-it-all kind of tool, but that’s because my needs tend to vary from construction pros, and because I don’t often have to lug my choice of tools around a job. I also like the freedom of being able to choose different brands or styles of individual tools, depending on my needs and preferences.
Still, the new Klein Hybrid pliers looks like it could do a reasonably good job taking the place of several tools, if you’re into that sort of thing.
Many-in-one tools like this often have some shortcomings. With this tool, perhaps it’s the pliers’ size? Or maybe not. They measure 8″ overall, which isn’t any longer than typical lineman’s pliers.
Here’s a better product photo of the pliers. No, that first photo wasn’t black and white – the handles are those actual colors.
Here’s a quick promo video that shows off what it can do: