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Dan O’Connell
O’Connell Communications, Inc.

West Howard

IDEAL Celebrates 50th Anniversary of T-Stripper WIRE STRIPPERS By Announcing Major Design Upgrade

SYCAMORE, IL, June 26, 2007 – IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC. is marking the 50th anniversary of the launch of the IDEAL T®-Stripper by announcing a major performance upgrade to its design.

"The history of the T-Stripper is one of contractor trust and pride in ownership," said West Howard, Product Manager, IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC. "With this newest phase in T-Stripper improvements, we are recognizing the changing needs of today's electrician while still maintaining the time-proven legacy features that make it the wire stripper professionals reach for most."

Originally introduced in 1957, the T-Stripper was created by a team of IDEAL engineers in response to the trend to insulate electrical wire with thermoplastic. Unlike the fabric or rubber that previously was used as insulation, thermoplastic could not be removed with a traditional wire knife. The T-Stripper was designed specifically for the more challenging thermoplastic, hence the "T" in its name.

Although IDEAL had predicted annual sales of 20,000 T-Strippers in 1957, more than 10,000 were ordered the first day they were available.


Raising the standard it set with the latest generation of T-Stripper, IDEAL has made several enhancements this anniversary year to improve comfort, performance and reliability:

Classic straight handles have been fitted with new injection molded thermo-elastomer cushion grips complete with a sweat-relief pattern for a safer, more stable hold.

The new grip also features a lanyard-lacing hole that allows the electrician to tie-off the T-Stripper to his wrist for two-handed work, along with a built-in strip length gauging guide (US and Metric) for quick wire measuring.

The spring holding system has been redesigned to permit easier removal and secure reattachment of the high-compression spring for applications that require it be taken off. This prevents the "spring fling" problem common in competitors' wire strippers.

IDEAL has added the new PosiStop™ position stop to give the T-Stripper a superior fit and feel in the electrician's hand.

Dual solid/stranded stripper holes are laser inscribed on both sides for better contrast and easier reading. Markings will not scratch off or fill with dirt.

Grips have been tapered for easier placement of the strippers into a pocket without snagging.

Wire cutting blades feature improved cutting geometry for cleaner, faster cuts.


The newly redesigned IDEAL T-Stripper wire stripper is immediately available at leading electrical distributors.

For more information, contact IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC., Becker Place, Sycamore, Illinois 60178. Or phone 1-800-947-3614, Fax: 1-800-533-4483. On the web, www.idealindustries.com.


IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC. has been serving the electrical industry since 1916. IDEAL is one of the world's leading manufacturers of professional quality tools and supplies serving installation professionals in the construction, maintenance, data communications and original equipment manufacturing industries.


©2007 IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC. All rights reserved. All products and names mentioned are the property of their respective owners. While IDEAL has made every effort at the time of publication to ensure the accuracy of the information provided herein, product specifications, configurations, prices, system/component/options availability are all subject to change without notice.

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