Interesting - I'd never heard of these. If anyone's interested in what they look like in action:
I always just use these: http://cpc.farnell.com/ideal/45-121/t-stripper-16-26-awg-stranded/dp/TL00592
They're a million times better than the 'automatic' ones, and seem to work great for most wire I use.
But then I imagine wire with tougher insulation (or insulation that can stretch) would be great with something like the thermal stripper...
We really ought to have a thread or something for useful tools. There are loads of really helpful tools out there that don't get publicised much.
I was raised to have an extreme disdain for that kind of stripper (The one robin and gordon showed a picture of). My father spoke ill of them every time they came up, and presented them as a "well, this might be easier while you're new to stripping wires" type thing - I was raised on these things... of course as I said when I started this thread an eon ago, I have now seen the light. Thermal wire stripping is just such a joy compared to the old way (it was often more than a third of the time a project took to wire up!)
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