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#11531 - 12/24/02 01:33 PM Gerber tool or leatherman- for use in car kit
Anonymous
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As some of you may have read in my past posts i have just bought a new landrover discovery (lovely vehicle)!
I want a multitool to go in my automobile kit! I intend to use my car all over the world on a trip i hope to commence in a year or so! I have a sheath knife oin there and have also folloowed doug's advice on a kit for it but which tool should i go for!
A LEATHERMAN or a GERBER
I've had a leatherman wave for 2 years ish now. I carry this everywhere but i need a backup
I got 100-150 to spend! On it and it needs to be a strong tool!
Which company do you advise i go with and which tool from there range!

Thanks

Mark

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#11532 - 12/24/02 01:41 PM Re: Gerber tool or leatherman- for use in car kit
Polak187 Offline
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Registered: 05/23/02
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I would get the strongest tool possible and that would be either Leatherman Supertool 200 or Crunch and from Swiss Army family a Swisstool. I have a Swisstool in my car and it is a really strong piece fo equipment. For all around jobs it works fine (used it only once since my Wave is getting all the workout). Since I handled the Supertool in the store I know it is very similar in feel and quality to the Swiss Army. Now I mentioned Crunch from Leatherman for the reason that sometimes you have nobody to hold you a bolt and that's when having a vise-grip type tool would be life saving.

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#11533 - 12/24/02 02:07 PM Re: Gerber tool or leatherman- for use in car kit
dBu24 Offline
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Registered: 09/26/02
Posts: 81
Loc: IL
multitools as cool and handy as they might be,are intended to be carried on you in place of a well stocked tool box-
In a car,OTOH, you are not limited not by weight nor space, so the best would be to invest in a proper quality set of tools.

As for the "Crunch", it is an expensive thing, not as well equipped as a Swiss Tool, and doesn't have that jaws release "thingie"- there is no substitute foe the real thing, a good, tough and sturdy "Vise Grip".

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#11534 - 12/24/02 02:43 PM Re: Gerber tool or leatherman- for use in car kit
peanut Offline
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Registered: 03/09/01
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In my "it's new, it's shiny, I want it disease", I got a Gerber Legend when they came out. Not long after, one of the screwdrivers broke under relatively normal conditions. It's now been relegated to the spares bin and I've gone back to carrying my old Victorinox Ranger. Maybe not as many features, but it's been utterly reliable for fifteen years now. If you want to get a multitool, either stick with the Wave or get a Victorinox.

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#11535 - 12/24/02 03:26 PM Re: Gerber tool or leatherman- for use in car kit
red_jeep Offline
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Registered: 01/22/02
Posts: 54
Loc: Raleigh, NC
I'd recommend the Super Tool 200 AND a pair of needle nose ViseGrips.

I've had the original SuperTool for 6 years now and find it stronger and more complete than my friends various multi-tools. The 200 has better handles, a better (un-)locking mechanism, a sheepsfoot serrated blade instead of clip point and a better lanyard attachment.

As for the ViseGrips, the needle nose pair is the single most useful pair of pliers I own. The jaws can open wide enough to hold most bolts, and the wire cutters can go through stuff the leathermen can't. All that and they're only about $12-15 for the real thing (what I keep in my toolbox in the house). If you buy the Popular Mechanics knock-offs from Wal Mart (like I did for my backup pair I keep in the truck), you can get them for around $6.

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#11536 - 12/24/02 03:40 PM Re: Gerber tool or leatherman- for use in car kit
Anonymous
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Yeah maybe i should have said that i am taking a hell of a lot of spares-and the tools to go with it the gerber is more of a could be nice to have handy kinda thing!

Sorry i wasn't clear!

Mark

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#11537 - 12/24/02 06:38 PM Re: Gerber tool or leatherman- for use in car kit
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Registered: 05/10/02
Posts: 391
Loc: Cape Town, South Africa
If you do get the leatherman supertool 200, it would be a good idea to invest in the tool adapter as well. personally, i'd still get a full tool set. sometimes you might need to use a few tools at the same time - impossible with a mult-tool.
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#11538 - 12/24/02 06:57 PM Re: Gerber tool or leatherman- for use in car kit
Anonymous
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I WILL BE CARRYING A TOOL KIT!!!-the multi-tool-is for the job that doesn't require a big tool or incase i loose my lkeatherman or if i go on a hike on foot or similar-you get the idea!

Mark

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#11539 - 12/24/02 07:36 PM Re: Gerber tool or leatherman- for use in car kit
WOFT Offline


Registered: 05/10/02
Posts: 391
Loc: Cape Town, South Africa
Oops <img src="images/graemlins/blush.gif" alt="" />. I re-read your post and saw that you wanted a multi-tool ASWELL as a tool-kit. I don't know much about cars and 4x4's, so i wouldn't know which tool would suit your needs best. hope you make the right descision though, and happy off-roading <img src="images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />
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#11540 - 12/24/02 08:18 PM Re: Gerber tool or leatherman- for use in car kit
Anonymous
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I use the Leatherman super tool. Came in handy one time broke down in Montana fixed a fuel pump. It's heavy duty and I don't worry about it breaking under load broke my regular leatherman one time under load. I sent it back and they replaced it no questions asked. Between that and my Glock shovel I feel like getting lost all the time.

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