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There’s really no excuse for using your standard old screwdriver when you’re working on house wiring, even if you’re certain that the circuit’s off and you think your standard screwdriver’ll protect you.  Why not give yourself another line of protection by using insulated tools as well? 

Wiha offers a variety of insulated tool sets, each consisting of different combinations of slotted and Phillips screwdrivers, as well as various pliers — all of which are rated for 1000V use.  Their most basic “starter sets” include a couple of screwdrivers and sstart around $25, while the most complex sets — like their 31 piece set — can run in excess of $500.

The Froogle link below catches a variety of sets from different manufacturers, but be sure and check out the direct link as well.  As of today, Wiha’s running a sale on their 11 piece insulated set, which contains:

  • Slotted Screwdrivers (3)
  • Phillips Screwdrivers (3)
  • Lineman’s Pliers
  • Diagonal Cutters
  • High Leverage Cutter
  • and Long Nose Pliers (2)

it’s normally priced at $169.98, but is on sale right now for $100.  If you’re regularly working with wiring, this’d be a good place to start.  But even if you’re just an occasional hobby electrician — and who isn’t — be sure and pick up at least a couple of insulated screwdrivers from your local big-box to throw in the ‘kit.

The life you save may be your own.

Insulated Tool Sets [Wiha]
Street Pricing [Froogle]


One Response to Finds: Wiha’s Insulated Tool Sets

  1. Myself says:

    Cementex is the other big brand in insulated tools, and Specialized.net is a good place to shop for both brands, even if you can find lower prices elsewhere. They currently have 4-piece insulated tool set, with cutters, pliers, scissors, and a knife, for $33 on special. I’ve been trying to talk myself into that, even though I don’t do hot work anymore.

    Also check out the “aussie” pliers they carry. Fascinating design with bypass jaws looks like it’d eat romex a lot more easily than dikes, and the front grip means they’re still useful as pliers. The rear crimp notch is just gravy. If I did any amount of house wiring I’d have a pair of those in a heartbeat.

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