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I have been using this wire stripper for a while, but I have always wondered what was the purpose of those holes in the center and above LOOP, and those teeth on the handles.

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I have wanted to know the answer to this for SO LONG! THank you SE. –  Michael Nov 21 '12 at 0:57

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PLIERS

Used as pliers.

Stripper

80 - 22/20

Strip 22-20 AWG (.8 mm) wire.

1.0 - 18

Strip 18 AWG (1.0 mm) wire.

1.3 - 16

Strip 16 AWG (1.3 mm) wire.

1.6 - 14

Strip 14 AWG (1.6 mm) wire.

2.0 - 12

Strip 12 AWG (2.0 mm) wire.

1.6 - 10

Strip 10 AWG (2.6 mm) wire.

CUT

Used to cut wires and cables.

LOOP

The loop hole is used to bend hooks in wires, so that the wire can be attached to screw terminals. Place the tip of a stripped wire into the hole, and bend the wire around the body of the tool.

Screw/Bolt Shearing Holes

The other holes in the middle of the body, are screw/bolt shearing holes. They are used to cut small screws/bolts to length. To use them, simply thread the screw/bolt into the proper sized hole to the desired length, then squeeze the handles together. The screw/bolt will be trimmed, without damaging the threads.

CRIMP

INSUL AND NON-INSUL

This means that you can crimp insulated and non-insulated crimp terminals

16 - 10

This means the tool can crimp insulated and non-insulated 16-10 gauge crimp terminals. The colors below represent the color of the insulated crimp terminals, for quick reference.

  • Blue = 16-14 Gauge
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  • Yellow = 12-10 Gauge
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22-18

This means the tool can crimp insulated and non-insulated 22-18 gauge crimp terminals. The colors below represent the color of the insulated crimp terminals, for quick reference.

  • Red = 22-18 Gauge
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INSULATION ONLY 7 - 8MM AUTO

This means the tool can crimp insulated 7-8mm auto ignition wires (spark plug wires).

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Great visual. Thanks –  shirlock homes Nov 20 '12 at 12:53
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Quite exhaustive explanation of the Electrician's multitool. +1 –  Fiasco Labs Nov 20 '12 at 15:28
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This is a crazy good answer :) +1 –  Bailey S Nov 20 '12 at 19:58

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The holes in the center are bolt cutters for metric bolts, the loop hole is to help you make loops in wire, see this link for an example of loop usage.

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Thanks, this image helped me a lot. When I read the description from another answer here, I thought about putting all of the bare copper through the whole then trying to bend it, and thought "man that will hurt my fingers". But this is much easier! Thanks! –  dpollitt Aug 22 at 1:32

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