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Gardner Bender GS-388 8-Inch Crimping Electrical Plier

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  • Crimping Pliers with 8-inch high leverage design
  • Crimp insulated or non-insulated terminals and Cut copper and aluminum wire
  • Tapered nose for cutting in tight locations
  • Drop forged steel construction with Non-Slip comfort grips
  • 8-by-2-by-0.5-inches; ships at 11.2-ounces
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Technical Details
Part NumberGS-388
Item Weight363 g
Product Dimensions20.3 x 5.1 x 1.3 cm
Item model numberGS-388
Item Package Quantity1
Weight365 grams
Length20.3 centimeter
Width5.1 centimeter
Height13 millimeters
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Best Sellers Rank #13,151 in Tools & Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight295 g
Date First AvailableAug. 3 2011
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Product Description

8", Crimper & Staker Tool, High Leverage, Cutting Tip, Staking Dies, Comfortable High Leverage Handles.

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
Better than more expensive brands Jan. 28 2011
By Steve83 - Published on
I do a LOT of wiring - professionally, and at home - and these are easily the best crimpers I've found. Not only are they built right (cutter outboard of crimpers), but they have 2 crimp jaws AND 2 final crush jaws (something that's not mentioned in the description, and barely visible in the photo). The crush jaws are really the clincher on these UNDERPRICED pliers: once you've crimped the connector to the wire, crushing it makes it ~3x tighter, and less-likely to pull apart, even if you try. With these crimpers, unlike most higher-priced brands, you can actually produce crimps that look like industrial wiring. And they cost ~1/3 of those other brands. The only reason I didn't give them 5* is because they're not made in USA.
30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Typical Chinese junk manufacturing. Nov. 15 2013
By Bill E. - Published on
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Like a few other reviewers, the pliers I received have poor machining so the jaws don't line up properly which renders them almost completely useless. I'll be returning them for a refund and I'll post a picture showing the issue with the jaws.

The Channellock 909 crimping pliers are much better and can be found here: Channellock 909 Crimping Tool with Cutter


I uploaded a product image to show the misaligned jaw and the overall poor quality of the tool.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
the best at any price July 10 2012
By John A. Lucier - Published on
I've had mine for about 16 years now and they are great. Look closely at the die profile in the pictures of these as well as others-note the dies in the jaws of similar products by Klein and others do not have as versatile of functions. The GB crimpers allow you to fold over the ends to make a perfect "B" (laying on its side that is), correct it if you didn't, THEN tighten it up afterward. These are the best of their type for any money. I have certifications in Mil Spec Aviation micro wire bundle repair, did professional car audio installations for many years, and have two roll away cabinet drawers full of just pliers- mostly various kinds of electrical. If I have to crimp a terminal, this pair, and only this pair, are the ones I reach for.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Buy now! Nov. 18 2010
By Ethan Ridge - Published on
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The best for the money! You can't beat the price for this tool. If you're going to be using butt connectors for even ONE job, get this tool. It makes the connections solidly, and securely. This is SO much better than trying to crimp with a pair of wire cutters (dikes). I have used mine many times, and always kick myself for not getting one of these sooner.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Bad quality Control, poorly made & had to return it. July 2 2014
By AH - Published on
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GB tools are generally excellent, I have several of them that are workhorses. This one I had to return to the vendor, not the vendor's fault, as the dies in the jaws were so misaligned that it would be impossible to crimp anything properly. I am 100% surprised that it passed any QC checks at GB, they were visibly offset to one side of the crimp U channel. It is almost as if it was machined incorrectly on one side of the jaws.
Very disappointed in the GB quality. The materials looked to be good enough but the manufacturing was terrible.
I am looking for a suitable alternative from another manufacturer as this has disturbed me about GB quality & I am hesitant to get another one now.