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Title: Multi Tool surgestion..what have you got
Post by: albany_nomads on May 07, 2011, 10:21:32 PM
I'm thinking about buying myself a multi tool and I was wondering if you folks may have some suggestions of various weird shape multi tools that you've got.
I'm was tossing up between Leatherman..and..Gerber..though Gerber seem about 30 percent cheaper.
But I'm open to suggestions..every year some weird and wonderful shape tools come on the market  ....Thanks in advance
Title: Re: Multi Tool surgestion..what have you got
Post by: DANBRI on May 07, 2011, 10:25:27 PM
I use a leatherman skeletool. It's great and has only the required tools: knife, pliers and flat/phillips screwdriver. I don't see any use for all of the other stuff. What I really like is it's size and weight, you hardly notice it on.
Title: Re: Multi Tool surgestion..what have you got
Post by: jk on May 07, 2011, 10:49:53 PM
Leatherman "Wave", had it for 10 years and still doing what it's meant to :cup:     Had a SOG but broke the jaws on the pliers pulling a bolt out of a truck tyre  :-[ .
Title: Re: Multi Tool surgestion..what have you got
Post by: GU Rich on May 07, 2011, 10:55:27 PM
I have a leatherman Wave, It was a great present. Very handy.

Title: Re: Multi Tool surgestion..what have you got
Post by: rescue1 on May 07, 2011, 10:58:05 PM
I have one that came with my OzTent that seems close to the Leatherman, and I've got a Gerber at home that has a few extra bits that come in handy
Title: Re: Multi Tool surgestion..what have you got
Post by: Rasmus on May 07, 2011, 11:04:22 PM
Gerber, never whit out it. always in my car.
Title: Re: Multi Tool surgestion..what have you got
Post by: Barrabart on May 07, 2011, 11:14:31 PM
G'day mate,

The Mrs bought me a Leatherman about 12 yrs ago........ it's been on my belt for every shift since the day i got it, hardly a day goes past that i don't use it for something, also just last year the original canvas pouch finally wore out, so i replaced it with a Leather Leatherman pouch, should be good for at least another ten years now....... the tool is still as good as new, everynow and then i give the blade on the straight edge knife a touch up, occasionally i run it under boiling water when at work, normally to cut up an orange for smoko or something........ then also give it a hit with WD40 or CRC...... (hence the boiling water before prepping food, hehehe)................. it's been on my hip in Aus, SE Asia and PNG and i consider it my good luck charm...... wouldn't be without it.
Title: Re: Multi Tool surgestion..what have you got
Post by: nab on May 07, 2011, 11:34:47 PM
I use a leatherman skeletool. It's great and has only the required tools: knife, pliers and flat/phillips screwdriver. I don't see any use for all of the other stuff. What I really like is it's size and weight, you hardly notice it on.

I have the same tool for the exact same reasons. Lives in my drivers door pocket.
Title: Re: Multi Tool surgestion..what have you got
Post by: Kirky on May 08, 2011, 12:01:37 AM
Victrinox, there is nothing better, I have used one for work for 12 years and has never missed a beat. Lifetime warranty too.
Title: Re: Multi Tool surgestion..what have you got
Post by: Rasmus on May 08, 2011, 12:13:52 AM
Victrinox, there is nothing better, I have used one for work for 12 years and has never missed a beat. Lifetime warranty too.


a Swiss Army Knife

a reel Mac Gyver :cup:
Title: Re: Multi Tool surgestion..what have you got
Post by: Ruffstuff on May 08, 2011, 12:24:13 AM
I have a Leatherman Kick & a couple of different swiss army knives.
The Leatherman stays on my belt and the swiss army knives in the camper & cruiser
Title: Re: Multi Tool surgestion..what have you got
Post by: Patr80l on May 08, 2011, 01:56:29 AM
I have a Gerber.   It's a bit chunkier than the Leatherman and the cast handle is a more comfortable grip.   The pliers are as strong as my old "real" pliers.
Title: Re: Multi Tool surgestion..what have you got
Post by: reads90 on May 08, 2011, 06:02:15 AM
I have a leatherman Wave, It was a great present. Very handy.

Same here , lives in the car and gets used alot
Title: Re: Multi Tool surgestion..what have you got
Post by: TrackTrailerTourer on May 08, 2011, 06:29:45 AM
Another vote for the skeletool here, I wanted a lightweight tool with just the essentials, Quite cheap on Ebay. The only place to buy these tools at the right price.

Peter
Title: Re: Multi Tool surgestion..what have you got
Post by: Jon on May 08, 2011, 07:44:06 AM
I personally have a Gerber about 10 years old, got used every day when I was on the tools.

A mate of mine collects these things and swears by Leatherman. He also has tools by Schrade and Buck and some obscure US based custom knife makers.
Title: Re: Multi Tool surgestion..what have you got
Post by: BigJules on May 08, 2011, 08:28:37 AM
I've got a Leatherman Supertool, got it and others with magazine subscriptions. I've got a few brands others too, but they don't come near the Supertool, nor IMHO do some of the cheaper Leatherman range.

I also have a couple of Victorinox pocket knives that I have had for variously 20-30 years. I grew up with one in my pocket, and to me they're a symbol of quality and practicality.

I like to give Leatherman's or a Victorinox as gifts to friends and colleagues. Perhaps it's just me, but I reckon years from now they'll use it and be grateful for such a ripper bit of gear.
Title: Re: Multi Tool surgestion..what have you got
Post by: D4D on May 08, 2011, 08:36:35 AM
I've got a Leatherman Supertool

x2 had it for 20 years
Title: Re: Multi Tool surgestion..what have you got
Post by: daffy on May 08, 2011, 08:39:29 AM
i have had a leatherman wave for about a year now...got it from ebay for half the price of a shop :cheers:
Title: Re: Multi Tool surgestion..what have you got
Post by: Gunna Do on May 08, 2011, 08:53:35 AM
Would buying Leatherman products of E-bay concern anyone?  Or can someone recommend a trusted supplier for these things.
Title: Re: Multi Tool surgestion..what have you got
Post by: Fivid on May 08, 2011, 08:57:10 AM
Leatherman and Gerber are both top quality items.  Looking at one myself at the moment so interested in others replies here also.

We did buy our son a leatherman for his 21st.  It was the top of the range which they sell in Albury for around $300+, we ended up buying it from the US for around $120 Aussie dollars inc freight.  And that was back when our dollar was below 80c US.

 :cheers:
Dave
Title: Re: Multi Tool surgestion..what have you got
Post by: Moto Mech on May 08, 2011, 09:03:56 AM
I purchased my first leatherman tool 25yrs ago and still have it(but is retired). I have recently purchased a Leatherman Surge(from Ebay). Fantastic bit of gear, comfortable grips, strong pliers and plenty of tools on board. It is fairly heavy, you need your belt tight or it'll pull your trousers down >:(
I think I paid $115 for it off ebay which is very cheap, it was brand new genuine item. I had to send it back for a repair job a few months back and there were no questions asked by Zen Imports.(the pliers are strong but dont try to lever side ways with them :'( )
Title: Re: Multi Tool surgestion..what have you got
Post by: D4D on May 08, 2011, 09:05:39 AM
Would buying Leatherman products of E-bay concern anyone?  

Yup that and Led Lenser torches...
Title: Re: Multi Tool surgestion..what have you got
Post by: Swogjb on May 08, 2011, 09:10:00 AM
I've got a Leatherman Wave Ti. I've had   both leatherman and gerber before, both excellent quality but I reckon the new leathermans are easier to use.
The Wave is used on a daily basis and I feel lost with out it.
I purchased my last one off of eBay,(Adelaide based seller) who sells sh!t loads of them. No worries he sells genuine stuff not Chinese crap. Was heaps cheaper than any shops were selling them for.
Glenn :cheers:
Title: Re: Multi Tool surgestion..what have you got
Post by: DANBRI on May 08, 2011, 09:13:14 AM
I have a Wave and s Supatool also, they don't get a run since getting a Skeletool. The carbon fibre in the handle gets me emotional.

(http://leathermanskeletool.com/images/2008%20Leatherman%20Skeletool%20CX%20Carbon%20Fiber%20Handle%20Multitool%20and%20Knife.jpg)

(http://smartgiftidea.com/images/leatherman/skeletoolcx/skeletool-cx_closed.gif)
Title: Re: Multi Tool surgestion..what have you got
Post by: Crosslander on May 08, 2011, 10:22:56 AM
Whilst I'm sure this isn't in the same league as some of the ones being talked about here this is a hammer based multi-tool if anyone was interested
http://www.zazz.com.au/index.php
note: as the linked site changes the item every 24 hours the link will probably only work for 1 day.
Title: Re: Multi Tool surgestion..what have you got
Post by: Tim - Stratford on May 08, 2011, 10:32:31 AM
Leatherman Charge Ti for work - Leatherman Wave in the truck - both from eBay and about half price.


Tim
Title: Re: Multi Tool surgestion..what have you got
Post by: gibbo301 on May 08, 2011, 10:48:57 AM
I,ve got a Gerber and a leatherman and a swissarmy knife but you had to put a pic of the skeletool Danbri now i want one  ;D ;D
Title: Re: Multi Tool surgestion..what have you got
Post by: dno on May 08, 2011, 11:40:57 AM
I carry a knife every day and feel naked without it. My knife ( multi tool ) is no match for these weapon's of mechanical warfare but has served me well for many years. But after seeing some of these i may have to consider an up grade, would be good to see some pics of other models on here.
Title: Re: Multi Tool surgestion..what have you got
Post by: jeeps on May 08, 2011, 03:01:30 PM
I've got  a wave which I use for work sometimes. It's usually not too far away wherever I am. I bought my dad a Charge for his 50th and he seems to like it.

I really like that Skeletool pictured above!

Cheers
Title: Re: Multi Tool surgestion..what have you got
Post by: TrackTrailerTourer on May 08, 2011, 03:38:27 PM
Just found you can buy the skeletool cx for as little as $71.93 delivered to your door in Aust, I paid $125.00 for mine 2 yrs ago and that was cheap then.  Great value.

Peter
Title: Re: Multi Tool surgestion..what have you got
Post by: Squalo on May 08, 2011, 07:31:49 PM
Interesting that I came across this topic - my wife gave me a Leatherman Skeletool a week ago, and after reading though the replies here I was curious about what it cost (she only ever buys stuff at bargain prices) - so she logged on just now and it turns out she ordered and paid for a Leatherman Juice xe6 multitool at $99.99 (from 1day.com.au) and they've sent a Skeletool instead. It's a great little unit but I'm going to exchange it for the Juice.

1day.com.au current price for the Juice is $149.99

The Leatherman is replacing a Victorinox Spartan of unknown providence, I've had it since I was 14 or so (so 28 years now). I think my old mans best mate gave it to me on a fishing trip. My 4yo son will get the Victorinox sometime down the track, one of those dad to son things you have to do  :D

He has already told someone "When my dad dies I'm getting his Nissan Patrol" ;D
Title: Re: Multi Tool surgestion..what have you got
Post by: Kit_e_kat9 on May 08, 2011, 07:36:05 PM


I have "The Man".   ;D  It  sets up the CT, removes jar lids, drives, chops wood, can make the bed, dishwash, clean, cooks, gets drinks, protects and does things around the house as well!  It didn't cost me anything up front, but I've found that keeping it in working order is a little expensive.

Kit_e
Title: Re: Multi Tool surgestion..what have you got
Post by: speewa158 on May 08, 2011, 07:51:59 PM
Kit e kat
I will ask you not to post such things as if Fe (MsTree ) reads thin I may in fack have to do something ,,,,,,,,,  >:( :'(
Title: Re: Multi Tool surgestion..what have you got
Post by: Matto on May 09, 2011, 10:43:14 AM
Kit_e_Kat -  ;D

Skeletool CX for me - a Christmas present last year, so it hasn't really got a good use yet (certainly not compared to these guys with 10yr old ones!), but so far I'm very happy with it. It's light as a feather, the semi-serrated blade is very useful, and like Danbri, the CF is just plain cool.

I've also got a Kingchrome multi which is a much heavier and larger unit - it lives in a side pocket of the tool bag. It's not as convenient, but has a lot more "functions" than the Skeletool, and it built like a brick out-house.

I find them both handy to have while out and about - the skeletool lives with me, and if I need something a bit heftier, there's the Kingchrome one waiting in the wings.

Thanks!
Matto :)
Title: Re: Multi Tool surgestion..what have you got
Post by: Crisp Image on May 09, 2011, 10:56:00 AM
I have an Leatherman crunch. It has vice grips that come in very handy. Like most I have mine in my pocket daily except when venturing to the big smoke. I do not want to try and explain to the police at the train station that it is not a knife but a tool. A tool I use to save lives with and not take them. Oh and to cut up my orange too!
I love it and best of all I got it for free but I think they are around $200 ish.
Regards
Crisp Image
Title: Re: Multi Tool surgestion..what have you got
Post by: listo on May 09, 2011, 11:11:36 AM
I've got a Leatherman Wave, an unreal tool to have. Plenty of extras, helps me out nearly every day. The boys at work know a rep, so i got mine for $105, but i've seem them at Camping World up here for $230, not a bad little mark up ay. No small wonder why ebay is so popular, i think they're around $130 on there.
Cheers
Listo
Title: Re: Multi Tool surgestion..what have you got
Post by: TrackTrailerTourer on May 09, 2011, 12:39:11 PM
Leatherman Wave, $77.00 buy it now including delivery to your door. Ebay can be great!!

Peter
Title: Re: Multi Tool surgestion..what have you got
Post by: jeeps on May 09, 2011, 02:39:02 PM
Leatherman Wave, $77.00 buy it now including delivery to your door. Ebay can be great!!

Peter

That's extremely cheap. They're about $80 in the US + delivery. I bought mine for about $180 a few years ago locally.

cheers
Title: Re: Multi Tool surgestion..what have you got
Post by: Doug.b on May 09, 2011, 02:46:11 PM
Amazon have them http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dtools&field-keywords=multitool&x=0&y=0#/ref=sr_nr_p_4_1?rh=n%3A228013%2Ck%3Amultitool%2Cp_4%3ALeatherman&bbn=228013&keywords=multitool&ie=UTF8&qid=1304916326&rnid=339804011
good time to buy them when the Aussie dollar is strong.
Title: Re: Multi Tool surgestion..what have you got
Post by: Redback on May 09, 2011, 03:14:46 PM
I have 3 multi tools, a Kershaw that has locking pliers, a Leatherman Wave and a new Leatherman Titanium wave, they have a lot of add on you can buy, albeit very expensive unless you buy them over the net.

The Leathermans are very good, but the Kershaw is better IMO, mainly because of the locking pliers, no many accessories if any, but still a very good multi tool.

Baz.
Title: Re: Multi Tool surgestion..what have you got
Post by: bretth on May 09, 2011, 04:18:34 PM
I have the Leatherman Wave, possibly the best tool I have and use it (I live on a farm) almost every day.

My brother's Leatherman was burnt when our shed went up in flames. After a little cleaning it is working well though a little black in colour!!

If in Victoria, when the Police do a blitz on concealed weapons you could well be arrested and fined ($1000.00) for carrying a Leatherman, this is reported to have happened to a farmer at a recent blitz in the eastern suburbs!!
Title: Re: Multi Tool surgestion..what have you got
Post by: Tezza1974 on May 09, 2011, 04:43:33 PM
Leatherman - Wave - 11 or 12 Years Old and still going strong - never leave home without it
Title: Re: Multi Tool surgestion..what have you got
Post by: darren on May 09, 2011, 05:45:59 PM
I have a top draw in my dressing table that i put odds and ends and trinkets. Its full of things collecting dust.
 Well this is the multi tool collection from it.
 There is a couple of waves, a surge, a multi tool, a toolzall pro, and some other german one. Plus some other crap
 I couldn't for the life of me think of a reason to carry one of those things on my belt
Title: Re: Multi Tool surgestion..what have you got
Post by: discoteddy on May 09, 2011, 05:48:51 PM
I have a 10 year old leatherman supertool at work and a leatherman wave in the car. Both really good tools. :cheers:


Disco.
Title: Re: Multi Tool surgestion..what have you got
Post by: D4D on May 09, 2011, 06:05:38 PM
Looks like you have a multi-tool fetish Darren :)

I have a small knife fetish

I bought this when I was 18, wouldn't want to get caught with it these days
(http://images.gittigidiyor.com/3432/BUCK-Special-Av-Bicagi__34323622_0.jpg)

I use my Spyderco almost everyday
(http://spyderco.com/pix/products/large/C11BK3_L.jpg)
Title: Re: Multi Tool surgestion..what have you got
Post by: darren on May 09, 2011, 06:12:31 PM
From the outside it appears that way
There is a spiderco micro somwhere,  some other fixed blades, and a few more victornox..

The same draw has about 7 watches in it.... and i havent worn one since i was 18
Title: Re: Multi Tool surgestion..what have you got
Post by: darren on May 09, 2011, 06:17:28 PM
A few weekends ago i got a multi tool i can really use......
uuuuuurrrrrggggggg
Title: Re: Multi Tool surgestion..what have you got
Post by: tonyw on May 09, 2011, 06:23:50 PM
Leatherman Kick i have had for a few years and some cheap little no name unit that has seen a bit of work as well.
Title: Re: Multi Tool surgestion..what have you got
Post by: dno on May 09, 2011, 06:25:19 PM
My multi tool.
Title: Re: Multi Tool surgestion..what have you got
Post by: GGV8Cruza on September 09, 2019, 06:39:25 PM
Got a new holster for my wave. Hand made in Australia and a great fit. Much better than the one that comes with it which was about to fall apart

GG(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190909/94bc082a5ed4b5bd95f21b6c1211c70e.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190909/bdb44107e8d7d164c11f8eda86b72a50.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190909/5bf27497b7d9223ffa964160f2d8658a.jpg)

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Title: Re: Multi Tool surgestion..what have you got
Post by: Paddler Ed on September 09, 2019, 07:05:02 PM
Interesting thread to pick up - my Victorinox SwissTool is approaching 20 years old now (which is a bit scary) and has travelled well with me.

It ended up with a replacement pouch after discovering that nylon pouches aren't Labrador proof 9 years ago...

I ended up with a Gerber with some drill bits, so that's semi useful.
Title: Re: Multi Tool surgestion..what have you got
Post by: GBC on September 10, 2019, 10:48:54 AM
Great thread. I'm still using my original shaped leatherman wave from the 90's. At one stage it was rusted solid in the bottom of a boat where I lost it. Found it and rebirthed it and she's still kicking goals.
Title: Re: Multi Tool surgestion..what have you got
Post by: MuruCycles on September 10, 2019, 10:57:04 AM
I still have my old Leatherman (and leather pouch) from 1992.

It's done a big lap on the bicycle with me in 1992/1993, the Cape in 1995 and countless mtb and 4wd trips since then.

Title: Re: Multi Tool surgestion..what have you got
Post by: paceman on September 10, 2019, 02:00:40 PM
I still have my old Leatherman (and leather pouch) from 1992.



+1...

have never sharpened the knife and it is still razor sharp...


Title: Re: Multi Tool surgestion..what have you got
Post by: Hairs on September 10, 2019, 06:02:22 PM
Leatherman Mini.
Than again I carry Shit load of gear anyway, so what it can't do I have have crap that can.


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Title: Re: Multi Tool surgestion..what have you got
Post by: nab on September 10, 2019, 11:32:13 PM
I have a Leatherman Skeletool that lives in my 4WD door pocket. Don't use it too often, mainly for the knife and cutting up fruit, had it maybe 10/12 years. I also had another Leatherman but a bigger version (can't remember which one) but I find them too small and uncomfortable to use regularly.