Ever wonder how pros cut those huge cables you see in commercial electrical installations? Here’s the kind of tool they reach for: a power tool that’s like a motorized, ratcheting version of your limb pruner. Greenlee’s ES1000 (pictured) features a 2-1/8″ opening that can cut through any copper or aluminum wire — sheathed or not — that you can stick through its maw.
It draws a tad bit of juice to get the job done, though. It’ll make 35 cuts of the big copper stuff on a single charge. And Greenlee calls it “compact” even though it weighs about 7-1/2 pounds.
I find it a little interesting that we’re not seeing a lot of innovation in terms of lithium ion in these type of commercial tools. Is it because the specialty companies like Greenlee don’t sell enough to justify the research expense? Or are these tools just more than enough for the people who buy them?
One thing’s certain: They’re not cheap. Expect to bay around $1,200 for one. (Though honestly, I suspect if you already knew what one of these is, you probably already own one.)