There is no shortage of available tools for electricians out there, but only so much space in your toolbelt to carry it all. So, decisions must be made. Through partnerships with Southwire, Klein Tools, and Milwaukee Tools, Agilix Solutions connects electricians in our service areas with high quality tools they can count on to get the job done.
So which tools make the final cut? This article will detail the most frequently used tools for any electrician, and a few examples of the most popular specific tools in each category. At the end of the article, you’ll find links to browse these and other in-stock tools from Agilix Solutions.
This one is probably a bit obvious. If you’ve spent any amount of time performing electrical work on a jobsite, you know the value of a high-quality screwdriver. Avoid the bargain bin screwdriver sets that don’t hold up to professional demands. To minimize the number of tools you need to carry, many electricians will opt for a single screwdriver with interchangeable heads to work in a variety of applications.
If you’re looking to upgrade your toolbelt with a new go-to screwdriver, here are a few great options from Agilix Solutions to consider:
Southwire® 597239 9-in-1 Ratcheting Multi-Bit Screwdriver
Klein® 32527 11-in-1 Versatile Screwdriver/Nutdriver
Milwaukee® Demolition Screwdriver Set
Wire Stripper and Cutter
Wire strippers are portable handheld tools used to remove insulation around a wire without damaging the wire itself. Wire cutters are designed to cut copper, brass, iron, aluminum, and steel wire. Both are essential tools for electricians in the process or repairing or replacing wiring. You can purchase them separately, but there are a number of great stripping and cutting combo tools that can do both, resulting in one less tool you need to carry with you. Most wire stripping tools cover multiple sizes of wire. But if you work with a wide variety of wire and cable sizes, you may need a couple of different strippers to accommodate. These are two of the most popular Klein wire stripper/cutter combo tools among Agilix Solutions customers:
Klein® Klein-KurveTM 11053 Wire Stripper/Cutter
Klein® Klein-KurveTM K12035 Heavy Duty Shear Cutting Wire Stripper
What can’t you do with a good set of pliers? This versatile tool is great for bending, grabbing, looping, cutting, straightening, and pulling wire. The variety of pliers on the market can be a bit overwhelming. But the most commonly used type among electricians is the lineman’s pliers. In addition to performing all the functions of a conventional set of pliers, many lineman’s pliers can also be used for stripping and cutting, eliminating the need to carry or use additional tools on the job.
Here are a few sets of lineman’s pliers that are preferred among electrical pros:
Klein® JourneymanTM J2000-9NE
Southwire® MPSCP 6-in-1 Multi-Purpose Lineman’s Pliers
Milwaukee® Combination 6-in-1 Singlehanded Spring Loaded Plier
Wire crimpers are used to attach connectors to the end of a cable. They look similar to pliers, but are actually specially designed to join two pieces of metal together. While some electrical maintenance tasks can be performed by multiple tools, the crimper is pretty irreplaceable in your toolbelt. Here are a couple of the most popular wire crimpers in Agilix Solutions’ arsenal of tools:
Klein® 2005N Dual Wire Crimper
KLEIN® 3005CR Ratcheting Wire Crimper
Southwire® TCC9 Terminal Crimper Cutter
In addition to all the tools required to work with wire, there are a number of additional power tools that most electricians use on a daily basis. From right-angle drills to impact drivers to reciprocating saws, a big part of life as an electrician is making holes: to run wire through studs or concrete, to install outlets in drywall, and to accomplish untold other tasks. Here are some of our favorite power tools for electricians:
Milwaukee® M18TM FUELTM ONE-KEY® Impact Wrench
Milwaukee® Dual Temperature Heat Gun
Milwaukee® M18TM FUELTM SAWZALLTM Cordless Reciprocating Saw
Agilix Solutions has the Tools Electrical Pros Need
Agilix Solutions connects electrical professionals with high-quality tools that get the job done. If you have a specific need and you’re not sure what tool is right for it, contact your Account Manager or reach out to your nearest branch. You can also shop our online stock of available tools for electricians. For Klein Tools and Southwire tools in our Missouri, Kansas, and Illinois territories, check out the French Gerleman online store. For Klein Tools and Milwaukee tools in our Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi territories, visit the IAC Solutions online store.