The Utility Source January 2018 - Page 28

1000V. Its smooth edges allow an electrician to safely bend and move wires without damaging insulation, unlike with standard metal tools that can nick and break insulation. Since ergonomics plays a role in the tool safety, the Voltclaw-12 was designed to encourage a confident grip with only minimal torque required to secure, bend and pull wires. The stress-reducing contoured grip feels natural and comfortably in a gloved hand. Although Voltclaw-12 weighs just a few ounces and measures less than 9 inches it is a rugged tool. It is equipped with six unique functions that greatly contribute to its value. Using the Voltclaw, the electrician can: • • • • • Reach inside crowded junction boxes, service panels and other applications to tightly grab wires with either one of the tool’s two Pull Hooks Push, pull or bend wires with the T-Groove by sliding the wire into the groove and twisting the tool. Push wires back into outlets, switch boxes, GFCIs or other tight spaces with the tool’s V-groove. Push in ground wires first, white wires second and hot wires last. Create a J-shaped loop on the end of a pre-stripped wire with the Loop Bender. Electricians need a J-shaped loop to attach wires securely to the screws on the side of a receptacle or a switch. Remove or tighten twist-on wire connectors with the built-in wrench. Simply slide the wire connector into the wrench and turn counterclockwise for loosening or clockwise for tightening. VOLTCLAW-12 ORIGINS The concept behind the Voltclaw emerged nearly a decade ago. While on a job site working on a junction box, NTC founder Warren Tarbell and an apprentice were confronted with a breaker that couldn’t be shut off.  Recalls Tarbell: “The apprentice said, ‘I wish I had a toothbrush to pull this wire out of the box,’ and that’s what sparked the Voltclaw idea. Electricians want a nonconductive tool that lets them reach into a deep junction box, outlet box, switch or breaker panel and simply grab the wire. There was nothing like it on the market.”  It took Tarbell and his team more than 80 prototypes to arrive at the current design. “I had a lot of assistance along the way,” he notes. “There were a lot of long days and late nights but in the end we introduced a tool that does more than just move, push and pull wires. It does it safer” USER REVIEWS “ soon as I put the Voltclaws in my belt I found a use for them almost immediately” - Andrew Wagner, Li- censed C-10 electrician “I never liked putting metal tools on electrical wires. It never felt safe. Thank you Voltclaw. You Rock.”- Chuck Klett, General Contractor, CK Construction “I love it! I bought a set for my whole crew. We’re keeping them safe”- C. Webster, General Contractor “I was working in an over-crowded junction box when I saw a bare wire that was close to the inside metal edge. I reached in with the Voltclaw Multi-Gauge. It worked perfectly. I live to tell the tale” - Michael Lewis, Lighting Contractor • 26 TUS • January ‘18