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Re: Best linesmans [Re: hypress] #181304 10/02/08 04:12 AM
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Originally Posted by hypress
If you look real close those $185.00 Ideal linemans pliers are made by Channellock.What makes them expensive is that they are insulated. The covering on the handles is actually voltage rated.

And to what particular standard are they rated?
Any tool manufacturer can claim 1000V insulation rating, but it needs to be tested and rated by an international testing authority, like VDE in Germany.
Just because a pair of pliers has "insulated" handles, means not a great deal.
IMHO, even though I use insulated tools, when working live, I always use insulated gloves and leather outers.
Insulated tools are only "Primary protection", you need Secondary protection too.

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Re: Best linesmans [Re: Trumpy] #181308 10/02/08 11:50 AM
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FYI, Knipex 1000V VDE-certified lineman's are around $50.

Re: Best linesmans [Re: WireNuts29] #181339 10/04/08 01:25 PM
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I've had the orange handled Klein series 2000 for around ten years and they are my best friend. I've used them to cut everything and they do the job without complaint. One early morning after having gone full blast for about 20 hours straight, they actually smiled at me.
Have you ever noticed the man on the power pole etched onto where the pivot point is? If you open up the handles, his hat flies off and the pole breaks in two. That's a good reminder to be careful when you work on wires or you might get your hat blown off.
I like the handles to be so loose that you can spin them in the air and the jaws "talk" to you.
A good file will extend the life of many a screwdriver.
One of my best tools that I picked up a couple of years ago is the Ideal screwdriver that rachets, has no.1 and no.2 phillips and straight blades along with a quarter, 5/16's and 7/16's nutdriver capacity. I also like the racheting wire nut tightener on the end of the handle.

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