April 2, 2013 at 8:58 pm #19531
Do you have any preferences on your hand tools? Or do you prefer another brand?
John SApril 2, 2013 at 11:25 pm #19553
You could add the brand “Ideal” to that list as well. I really go with whoever makes the best based on my purpose. Both of these companies have a line of low-voltage specific tools — network/Audio/video/security/etc.. cable strippers, testers, cutters, termination tools, etc..
I really go with whoever makes the best design for usability / portability, etc.. , not brand loyal so much with hand tools. And price is relatively not an option, for that type of stuff. The time savings / efficiency will pay for itself day after day, over and over!April 3, 2013 at 1:05 am #19559
I don’t have greenlee.but here there great.klien
Hand tools for me. And like Dave said ideal
industries.April 3, 2013 at 8:55 pm #19805
Dave do you do electrical wiring?April 3, 2013 at 9:10 pm #19809
Yes and No.
Low voltage contractor (professional… Not the guys that work out of the trunk of their station wagon 🙂
We do Commercial network / Security / Audio / Video / CCTV / Phone / Access controlApril 3, 2013 at 9:22 pm #19810
Dave – which tools do you prefer Ideal for?
John SApril 3, 2013 at 9:44 pm #19820
They make really nice crimpers (old style hex with different die sets), and the VDV tester let’s you tone individual pins and/or pairs, and also the Stripmaster strippers for coax for some uses.
They also make the link master pro cable tester with 8 remotes, which saves a ton of time on the larger jobs (saves a lot of walking!)
By the way… Greenlee bought Progressive Electronics, which I am a big fan of their tone/probe kits.April 4, 2013 at 9:45 am #19899
When it comes to screwdrivers – Klein or Greenlee??
John SApril 4, 2013 at 2:12 pm #19970
Thats great Dave. I also do that with the company i work for. I also do it on the side.April 4, 2013 at 2:15 pm #19973
Klien tools for me, John.
Dave the VDV tester from Ideal is great. I use it all the time.April 4, 2013 at 5:25 pm #20026KentWhittenPro
I really like my Klein stuff. The 6 in 1 screwdriver has been fantastic. Anything like screwdrivers and such, go right to the electrical tools. Made much better than the stuff for carpentry.April 4, 2013 at 11:33 pm #20092
That is, I used to carry craftsman stuff back in the day, but I really just use my 12v max drill and impactor and a smaller bosch bit box converted to hold all of m 1/4in assorted bits and nut drivers.
I do however use the 1/8in the craftsman and Ideal screwdrivers with swivel caps., but in all honesty I am not happy with either. The craftsman ones I keep spares because ant side pressure and they snap in half (although when lifetime warranty), and the new from ideal, the tips wear/twist off due to them being made too thin on the ends. Still looking for a really nice (mini handle) with swivel in top.April 6, 2013 at 11:53 am #20270markProJackson, TN
I don’t prefer one over the other. They both are quality tool brands.April 6, 2013 at 3:00 pm #20296
Are any of you considering the new Milwaukee line of insulated screwdrivers?
John SApril 6, 2013 at 3:51 pm #20310
I saw them online and I’m seriously considering
buying me the setAugust 16, 2013 at 7:36 am #37911MKE_VoltageModeratorSaint Francis, WI
In my tool bag all of my screw and nut drivers and Klein. Also I really like their stripper and side cutting pliers. For other hand tools its really just personal preference, hand size, design, exe.August 16, 2013 at 7:37 am #37912MKE_VoltageModeratorSaint Francis, WI
I also just picked up the Klein demo #3 slotted, its heavy but perfect for quick demo work.August 16, 2013 at 4:11 pm #37965
I definitely appreciate klein’s stuff, but I recently bought a little greenlee kit from lowe’s…
has multimeter, voltage detector, and outlet tester – for $25!
Not pro grade, but solid stuff
John SAugust 16, 2013 at 6:01 pm #37975jdw1865ProDewey, OK
I usually buy Ideal electrical tools but since Lowes quit selling them I don’t know which ones I go to. Probably Klein.August 16, 2013 at 10:20 pm #37986
And Lowe’s looks like they are going to stop selling greenlee and knipex as well :\
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