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Amazon.com has Southwire Tools & Equipment ESP-1 Electrician DataComm Snips on sale for $7.99. Shipping is free w/ Amazon Prime or on $25 or more. Thanks Corwin

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So did I miss the memo when we started judging tool effectiveness soley on appearance or??
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If you were to put Southwire, Klein, Greenlee, Ideal and some other domestic brands in the same box with the lights off, you'd never tell the difference. I'm almost certain that 99% of the domestic brands buy old used tooling molds from one another. Sometimes they all work elbow to elbow in the same plant and end up with mismatch packaging like this: https://i.imgur.com/EpgrY1X.jpg

Take the brand elitists here with a grain of salt, sometimes they are on the mark with certain models but most times it's blind loyalty.

As far as these snips go, it's good value which ever way you look at it.
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Knipex is another brand to consider for tools that work great and last a lifetime.
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Some of the reviews are down on these, but it's probably up to personal preference. We have a pair of these in our datacom toolkit and I like them a lot. Getting a pair for home. Thanks, OP!
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I consider most southwire tools to be complete garbage, I have looked at them since lowes adopted them in place of Ideal and the other brands they had before. I mean, a lot of the southwire tools are on par with Gardner Bender or homeowner-only type tools.

I cannot recommend this brand. Based on extended visual examination of most of the cutters, linesmans pliers, needlenose, wire strippers and other tools of this brand sold in the electrical aisle of lowes.
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Thanks. Ordered one
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I have looked at them since lowes adopted them...
...I cannot recommend this brand based on extended visual examination
So did I miss the memo when we started judging tool effectiveness soley on appearance or??
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I consider most southwire tools to be complete garbage, I have looked at them since lowes adopted them in place of Ideal and the other brands they had before. I mean, a lot of the southwire tools are on par with Gardner Bender or homeowner-only type tools.

I cannot recommend this brand. Based on extended visual examination of most of the cutters, linesmans pliers, needlenose, wire strippers and other tools of this brand sold in the electrical aisle of lowes.
I can concur that their butt sets are a joke after having to pick one up in a pinch one day. Have never used the posted cutters but I wouldn't give them a chance based on my past experience with this brand.
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This is a good cutter for $8. For more money, I'd get the brand sold at HD. Nevertheless, these work well enough.
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So did I miss the memo when we started judging tool effectiveness soley on appearance or??
Not solely but... I mean you get to a point in your career where you can certainly ascertain if something is going to work in an ideal manner just by looking at it.

So lets take for example needle nose pliers, if the nose ends don't mate up when you squeeze them together they are kinda useless; this is a visual example.

A lot of the southwire stuff "looks cheap" to me. And I have spent a lot of time "looking" at tools... and using them.
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If Southwire is not very high quality, then who would you recommend? I've heard good things about Klien. Asking because I am looking to start investing into tools now that I own a home and will be running cable, etc.
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If Southwire is not very high quality, then who would you recommend? I've heard good things about Klien. Asking because I am looking to start investing into tools now that I own a home and will be running cable, etc.
Klein and Channellock are the gold standard for electrical tools and are made in the USA. Some of their stuff isn't and it shows but the US made tools are excellent. Been using both for work for over 20 years and have some that have lasted the entire time so far.
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Klein and Channellock are the gold standard for electrical tools and are made in the USA. Some of their stuff isn't and it shows but the US made tools are excellent. Been using both for work for over 20 years and have some that have lasted the entire time so far.
Thank you, this is exactly the type of feedback I was hoping to hear. First-hand experience from using them at work. Repped!
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Klein and Channellock are the gold standard for electrical tools and are made in the USA. Some of their stuff isn't and it shows but the US made tools are excellent. Been using both for work for over 20 years and have some that have lasted the entire time so far.
Knipex is another brand to consider for tools that work great and last a lifetime.
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If you were to put Southwire, Klein, Greenlee, Ideal and some other domestic brands in the same box with the lights off, you'd never tell the difference. I'm almost certain that 99% of the domestic brands buy old used tooling molds from one another. Sometimes they all work elbow to elbow in the same plant and end up with mismatch packaging like this: https://i.imgur.com/EpgrY1X.jpg

Take the brand elitists here with a grain of salt, sometimes they are on the mark with certain models but most times it's blind loyalty.

As far as these snips go, it's good value which ever way you look at it.
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Weird. I have never seen these before today. I just looked at them on Amazon and less than 5 minutes later, here they are on SD. I guess I'm supposed to get a pair.
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