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    Favorite Cable Stripper for 1/0 welding cable

    Hi everyone,
    Need advice on which cable stripper to buy.
    I would like a tool that is easy to use and doesn’t cut any copper wire strands.
    Thanks in advance,
    J

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    Re: Favorite Cable Stripper for 1/0 welding cable

    Razor knife
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    Re: Favorite Cable Stripper for 1/0 welding cable

    Amazon has one that works good. Check out " knipex cable knife" about 22$.

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    Re: Favorite Cable Stripper for 1/0 welding cable

    I use a standard utility knife with a new Irwin Bi-metal blade, flex the cable at a 45 degree angle and touch the knife to the insulation. Do not saw with the knife, just keep flexing and touch the blade to the tight side of the insulation.

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    Re: Favorite Cable Stripper for 1/0 welding cable

    Most cables you are supposed to sharpen like a pencil but welding cable is not one of them.

    Do just like mentioned above. Fold cut through gently then you can cut it down a little so you have some slack in outer skin to work with then back up by start of cut pull it away from strands and cut right around without ever touching the conductor.

    Nice to slide a piece of heat shrink tube or some wraps of scotch 33 and wrap the last 1 1/2 of insulation going tight right up to where your on the bare slightly.
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    Re: Favorite Cable Stripper for 1/0 welding cable

    Quote Originally Posted by Jonath108 View Post
    Hi everyone,
    Need advice on which cable stripper to buy.
    I would like a tool that is easy to use and doesn’t cut any copper wire strands.
    Thanks in advance,
    J
    The trick is to score it not cut it. Then bend the wire grabbing the piece you want to remove, with a set of linesmen players and it tears right to the copper and then it just comes right off. When I say bend I am talking about a very small angle maybe 15 degrees. But you have to grab it right at the cut. Sometimes you have to bend it both ways for it to completely let go. But even a very tough coating will yield to that method. If it has two skins like THHN and THWN-2 has, you have to cut through the outer and score the inner if you want it to come right off. XLP USE if you score and bend it comes right off.

    For coaxial cable, for cameras they make little plastic cable strippers that work like that. You just score the insulation and then remove it.

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    Re: Favorite Cable Stripper for 1/0 welding cable

    Quote Originally Posted by William McCormick View Post
    The trick is to score it not cut it. Then bend the wire grabbing the piece you want to remove, with a set of linesmen players and it tears right to the copper and then it just comes right off. When I say bend I am talking about a very small angle maybe 15 degrees. But you have to grab it right at the cut. Sometimes you have to bend it both ways for it to completely let go. But even a very tough coating will yield to that method. If it has two skins like THHN and THWN-2 has, you have to cut through the outer and score the inner if you want it to come right off. XLP USE if you score and bend it comes right off.

    For coaxial cable, for cameras they make little plastic cable strippers that work like that. You just score the insulation and then remove it.

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    OP is asking about rubber insulated fine strand welding cable... No vicious actions required.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 12V71 View Post
    OP is asking about rubber insulated fine strand welding cable... No vicious actions required.
    The same is true of welding cable. I always use SOOW usually 4/0 wire, you just score it and gently put your linesmen on the piece you want to remove right at the score. Then just start to bend and instantly the score opens up to expose fresh untouched copper. I usually turn the cable 180 and get the other side then.

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    didn't realize stripping cable was that involved and required a college degree!

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    Re: Favorite Cable Stripper for 1/0 welding cable

    I typically use these.

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    I’ll spin them around the cable, holding them in such a way so as to cut thru most of the insulation but not the wire. Fast and easy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by filetobeef View Post
    didn't realize stripping cable was that involved and required a college degree!
    You would be surprised at how many do not know how to properly strip insulation from cables and wires without damaging the conductors, including many electricians. Just a tiny nick in a conductor puts it at risk for failure.
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    Re: Favorite Cable Stripper for 1/0 welding cable

    Company I work for is trying to do away with razor
    knives. They bought me a Westward cable stripper.
    It works really well on some cords and cables, not
    so well on others. When it works, it’s actually much
    easier than a razor knife.I haven’t tried it on welding
    cable, but it works on 440 diesel locomotive cable,
    which is similar to welding cable, but larger.
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    Re: Favorite Cable Stripper for 1/0 welding cable

    Quote Originally Posted by filetobeef View Post
    didn't realize stripping cable was that involved and required a college degree!
    Yup just slice the Damn thing carefully!
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    Re: Favorite Cable Stripper for 1/0 welding cable

    Quote Originally Posted by Oscar View Post
    Yup just slice the Damn thing carefully!
    Take a look at people's welding cables where they connect to the ground, it often looks like a bird's nest because they just put a small mark on every strand of copper under the insulation. After a week they start to break.

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    Re: Favorite Cable Stripper for 1/0 welding cable

    Electrician knife aka grape knife.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonath108 View Post
    Hi everyone,
    Need advice on which cable stripper to buy.
    I would like a tool that is easy to use and doesn’t cut any copper wire strands.
    Thanks in advance,
    J
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    Re: Favorite Cable Stripper for 1/0 welding cable

    I have found the Knipex stripper to be very useful for stripping larger welding, and "S" cords. You can score the outside jacket and the pull the stripper towards the cut end. You can then peel the insulation back and finish up with the Knives under the cover. When I have a dozen cord drops to do over the production line, or a bunch of machines that need to have plugs, and whips install this tool comes in handy. If you doing just a few welding cables , I second the New bi-metal blades, they hold their edge much longer. Take your time and score the insulation being careful not to nick the copper, but if you do cut a few , its not that big a deal(unless you cut a 1/4 of the way thru the strands. If you cut too deep into an "S" cord and nick a conductor, that is not a good thing.

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    The red knife is the Knipex with the cutter on the end, the blue cutter is an Ideal that I've had for at least 25 years.




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    Re: Favorite Cable Stripper for 1/0 welding cable

    Quote Originally Posted by William McCormick View Post
    Take a look at people's welding cables where they connect to the ground, it often looks like a bird's nest because they just put a small mark on every strand of copper under the insulation. After a week they start to break.

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    Sorry.... I misunderstood the title...

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    Buck knife with William's method.
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