Electrical maintenance professionals need the right cable tools and accessories to get the job done correctly and efficiently. Safe, effiicient industrial grade tools and accessories make great additions to any toolbox.
Also see: Guide To Wire Strippers
Unexpected downtime due to the lack of proper tools and accessories can be frustrating and costly.
Having the right tools readily available for wire and cable maintenance needs can make a big difference in scheduled and unscheduled repairs.
ELECTRICAL WIRE MAINTENANCE TOOLS & TIPS
Electrical maintenance professionals commonly use certain tools to make necessary repairs.
To reduce downtime and get the best use out of each tool, there are some key properties to look out for.
Great for use on smaller cables with an outside diameter ranging from 0.0395” to 0.1260”
Lightweight and compact enough to fit in your toolbox or back pocket
Should efficiently strip electrical wire without cutting or crushing wires or wire filaments
Heavy-Duty Wire Stripper
Ideal for stripping rubber-jacketed cable
Replaces the use of a box cutter (using a box cutter to strip wire is a safety hazard)
Should easily and safely strip jacketing on cable ranging from ¼” to 2 ¼” in size
For an optimal cut every time, keep extra replacement blades
Easily fits in toolbox or pocket
Can be used to cut cable jackets ranging from 0.25” to 7/8” outside diameter
Should snugly fit inside your hand for a safe and easy cut
Make sure the cable stripper includes a calibrated micrometer to allow for precise cutting depth
Keep replacement blades handy for a smooth cut every time
Ratcheting Cable Cutter
Used to cut aluminum or copper cables up to 1 ¼” diameter
Added torque provides a safer and easier cutting experience
Convenient for cutting cable in tight spaces
Make sure the blades are hardened carbon steel for re-sharpening and rust resistance
For an easier grip, the cable cutter should have an anti-slip coating on the handle
Large Handle Cable Cutter
Can easily cut copper and aluminum cable up to 1 ½” in diameter
Ensure the blade is made of rust resistant, forged steel for a clean cut and minimal distortion
Forged steel can be re-sharpened to last longer
ELECTRICAL WIRE MAINTENANCE ACCESSORIES
If you are making repairs to your wire and cable, chances are you are also using electrical tape on a regular basis.
With so many different options available, finding the right tape to protect your wire can be difficult.
Choose an insulated electrical tape with extended properties that protect your electrical wire, connections, assemblies and more.
Insulating Electrical Tape
Made up of compounded, synthetic silicone elastomer
Oil, water, ozone, heat and chemical resistant
Heat resistance ranging from -60°F to +400°F
Sticks to itself, not your cable
No sticky residue
Extremely pliable, yet durable
High dielectric properties
Can be used on cable as well as electrical connections
Has thickness of at least 40 mil to 50 mil
Regular maintenance keeps your machinery running efficiently and plays a direct role in reducing costly downtime.
No matter what type of electrical cable you're using, having some key electrical wire tools and accessories in your toolbox can make replacing or repairing the cable a lot easier.
Begin today by downloading our useful tools and accessories tip sheet to help you fill your toolbox with the right tools.