Southwire Forged Wire Stripper is a brand name of American company. They are well known for their high quality products. Their products have been used by many customers worldwide since 2006. Southwire Forged Wire Stripper was founded in 2002 and they were started with the idea of creating a product which would make it easier to strip copper and aluminum wires without damaging them or leaving any residue behind.
The main purpose of Southwire Forged Wire Stripper is to provide a reliable and effective way to strip copper and aluminum wires. The company claims that their products are made from the best materials available.
They claim that their products are safe for use, and do not contain harmful chemicals or heavy metals such as lead or mercury.
Southwire Forged Wire Stripper uses a special alloy called Snm1214, which is extremely strong yet very flexible. The alloy is capable of being bent into various shapes, but it cannot be bent so much that it becomes brittle.
The alloy is also highly resistant to corrosion and rusting.
The manufacturer claims that their products are easy to clean because they don’t contain any harsh chemicals or abrasives.
Southwire Forged Wire Stripper has two types of blades: one for stripping copper and another one for stripping aluminum wires. They also make an interchangeable Forged Blades Scissor, Cutter, and Stripper.
Each forged blade has a hole in the middle where the scissor handle fits through. This makes it easy to switch out the blades.
A lot of people have claimed that these blades can be cleaned using a common alloy cleaner such as WD40 or CRC. This is not recommended by the company but many people claim that this is the easiest way to clean the blades.
You should never use abrasive materials or cleaning solvents such as:
Most people don’t actually clean their blades but instead they simply use a stiff wire brush to knock off any excess material. You should never attempt to cut any metal other than copper or aluminum with these blades.
Also, you should never try to bend or twist the blades because it could severely damage them.
Some people have claimed that these blades don’t work quite as well on brand new cables as they do on older cables that have a thicker outer layer of copper. They still work well on new cables, but they work even better on old cables.
How To Strips Copper And Aluminum Wires Using The Southwire Forged Blades.
Step 1: Unscrew the side bolt found on the back of the blade handle and pull the blade out about half way.
Step 2: Screw the bolt back into the blade until it is very tight. You don’t want the blade to move at all and you want it to be very secure in place.
Step 3: Hold the blade at around a 45 degree angle and push the top part of it against the cable. The bottom of the blade should be touching the surface that you are cutting onto.
Step 4: While applying even pressure to the handle, pull the blade towards you. You will notice that most of the outer layer of copper is beginning to get cut away.
Step 5: Release the blade and pull it towards you again. You will see that a lot more of the cable is starting to get cut.
Keep repeating this process until you have stripped all the copper away from the cable.
Step 6: The blade works in a similar way when stripping aluminum, except you will need to apply more pressure because aluminum is much softer than copper. You will also notice that the blade will dull a bit more quickly when stripping aluminum as opposed to copper.
The Southwire Forged Blades work with any bolt cutters that measure between 7″ and 9″. You should be able to pick up a decent set at your local home improvement store.
If you want an even higher quality product then consider buying the Southwire Heavy Duty Cutters.
These aren’t actually bolt cutters but instead are more like an oversized pair of pliers. The handles are longer and thicker which gives you a much better grip and also makes the tool stronger.
The forged blades are attached on the inside of the handles and they also have a hole drilled through them.
These blades are made out of high carbon steel and can easily cut through most types of wire, metal pipes, and fence. You will also notice that after cutting a lot of different materials, the blades will often become bent.
If this happens you will need to take a hammer and carefully bend them back into place.
The longer handles offer more leverage and make cutting through thicker material much easier. You should be able to pick up a set at your local home improvement store or you can order them online.
How To Strips Coaxial Cable Using The Southwire Heavy Duty Cutters.
Step 1: Remove the outer plastic coating from the coaxial cable by pulling it with your hands. Be careful when doing this because the inner wires can be sharp and they can also scratch you.
After the plastic coating has been removed you can throw it away.
Step 2: Find the 7″ mark on the coaxial cable and begin to peel back the copper shielding beginning at this mark. If there is a paper or fabric layer under the shielding then remove it first.
Step 3: After the 7″ mark has been reached, peel back more of the shielding at 1/2″ intervals. You should now see 7 separate wires.
Find the innermost wire which should be a thicker grey wire with a black stripe down the middle of it. The outermost wire should be a thicker silver one with no stripes.
Step 4: Place the cutters around the grey and black wire. Make sure that no other wires are in the jaws of the cutters.
If they are, move the cutters over a bit and try again.
Step 5: Grab the handles with both hands and begin to squeeze. You will feel the blade biting into the wire and when you pull the handles apart you should see a thin strand of wire between the blades.
Step 6: Continue this process with the remaining six wires. You should end up with seven individual wires stripped from the shielding.
The black and grey wire is negative and the silver one is positive.
The Southwire Heavy Duty Cutters will easily cut through most types of wire, metal pipes, and fencing. The forged blades are made out of high carbon steel and after extended use they will need to be realigned or replaced.
You can usually find these cutters at your local big box home improvement store or you can order them online.
How To Re-Align The Blades On The Southwire Heavy Duty Cutters.
Step 1: Place the open bolt cutter blades on a flat hard surface with the blades facing up.
Step 2: Place a steel ruler on top of the blades with one end touching the handle of the tool and the opposite end at the tip of the blade.
Step 3: Look down on top of the blades from above and try to line up the edge of the ruler with a straight line that is parallel to the handle and side of the blade.
Step 4: Check to see if the ruler is still lined up parallel with the side of the blade and the handle. If it is not, then place a small flat head screwdriver on the side of the ruler that is not lined up and gently bend it so that it is straight.
Step 5: Once you have the ruler lined up, check to see if there are any gaps between the handle and side of the blade or ruler and the blade. If there are, then place a small piece of paper (or another ruler) under the areas that need to be raised until they are even with the opposite side.
Step 6: Check again to see if the ruler is still lined up parallel with the side of the blade and the handle. If it is not, repeat steps 3-5 until it is.
Step 7: After you have adjusted both sides, run your fingers over both blades. They should now be even with each other from one end to the other.
Step 8: If you find that after cutting several wires the blades become misaligned, repeat steps 3-7.
There you have it, now you can save big money on your next home project by doing it yourself. Replacing electrical components in your home isn’t as hard as it seems and with these tips you’ll be able to tackle even the most complicated projects with ease.
For more tips on how to save money on your next home project you can contact the folks here at Northrup Services Inc. They will be able to help you with all of your electrical maintenance needs.
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