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AC Line Powered tool designed to strip High-Temperature Insulation (PTFE etc.) from wires and cables ranging from #16- #30 AWG.


Replacement Elements are sold only in 5 pcs. per pack.



PTS-30 Thermal Wire Stripper is a low power line operated tool which far surpass all previous devices in safety, versatility, speed and economy. The patented design incorporates a uniquely shaped Nickel-Chromium heating element, which heats up quickly (less than 4 seconds) to an optimal temperature of 1700°F. It will efficiently strip High-Temperature (PTFE etc.) insulation from solid, stranded, or shielded wires in the range of #16- 30 AWG.

The extremely thin heating element produces  negligible amount of fumes and therefore the use of these strippers does not require special ventilation. The fumes produced by thick element designed tools  should be exhausted.

The low mass, guarded element design minimizes the risk of burns, eliminates nicks and broken strands of conductors and reduces lead pull on sensitive components. These comfortably sized handheld tools operate on 120 VAC, 50/60 Hz, with power consumption of 40 watts or less, depending on model.

The element design features two sections. Ringing section (heated section where the insulation is thermally separated) and pulling section where the thermally separated insulation slug is wedged between two parallel edges of the stripping element for an easy removal. Although this section of the element also carries the current which heats the grooving section, it is not annealed (due to its greater widths and therefore much lower resistance) and it retains its hard temper. In addition, these edges are also supported by .025″ thick, hard temper element support. This will allow pulling a slug as long as 12″ without damaging the element. Please note that conductors # 24-30 AWG are stripped directly at the heated end of the stripping element. The inner surface area of these wires against the insulation is very small so there is no danger to damage the element while pulling of the slug. The stripping element is only .010″ thick (.008″ PTS-10) and therefore the thermally cut groove width is much narrower than the two element models offered by other manufacturers. This low mass thermal stripping technology means less power, faster heating time, shorter cooling time, less fumes and higher quality strip. The longevity of the element is also greatly extended because the annealed portion of the element is used mainly for ringing (separating) the insulation rather than pulling off the slug.

Of course there are no nicks because of the rounded edges of the stripping element. The heated section of the element is also protected by an element guard, thus reducing the risk of burns. The segmented design of the studs helps dissipate heat thus reducing risk of burns even in prolonged use. The weight of the PTS-30 tool is 14oz. (0.4 kg.) and the weight of the PTS-3 adjustable temperature model is 5.2 oz. (0.150 kg.). There are also other unprecedented design features such as gauge selector, flicker accessory etc. not available on any other currently available tools. Patco Thermal Strippers are also less expensive than competitive models.

Each model is equipped with different element mounting hardware which must be assembled in certain order otherwise the tool will not work properly. Please carefully observe close-up pictures of the 5 available models to see the difference in element mounting hardware. It is not economical to keep switching elements and hardware designed for other models in order to extend the wire stripping range of a single tool.


We do not recommend switching High-Temperature stripping elements once fully energized (DISCOLORED)!

The discolored portion of the element was annealed. It lost its strength. It bends and distorts easily! It can be therefore easily damaged when screwed and tightened to the posts. The damage is caused by friction and torque transferred to the element in the process of screw tightening.


The operator may remove insulation with this tool because of a fixed calibrated stripping section, which eliminates conductor scraping.  Weapons specification WS-6536E does not permit this when other thermal strippers are used.

Additional information

Weight 1 lbs
Dimensions 8 × 3 × 3 in

5.9in. (150mm) x 2.25in. (57mm) x 2in. (51mm)


1lb. (.453kg)


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