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Cattleman's Cutlery Tool, aka the SpyderGuppie! 12633

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Cattleman's Cutlery Tool, aka the SpyderGuppie!
« on: December 20, 2010, 05:38:02 AM »
I'd never heard of American Buffalo Knife & Tool until stumbling upon their website last week. So imagine how tickled I was to find a strange new multitool listed in their Cattleman's Cutlery line! :cheers: Called the Ranch Hand Multi Tool, this thing breaks from the normal needlenose-plier multitool format and offers an interesting mix of features. :)



An adjustable wrench, pliers, a knife, and a bit driver with onboard screwdriver bits. All in a slim, pocket clip equipped package. Cool!





The knife is non-locking, with a thumb stud for easy one-hand opening. It seems entirely adequate for most minor cutting chores.





The pliers are spring loaded. They are held closed by this small locking switch:





Flick the switch with your thumb, and the pliers are ready for action. They don't have the reach of a set of needlenose jaws, but they do feel pretty strong otherwise.





The adjustable wrench feature of the Ranch Hand is rather limited, able to open wide enough to fit 3/8 inch (10mm) nuts or bolts.





Three screwdriver hex bits are carried onboard. They are a little fiddly to get out of the carrier. You have to reach into the side window and poke them out with your finger.



Note that the bits are NOT standard 1/4 hex. Instead they are a special 4mm size, same as the ones used in CRKT's Zilla-Tool Junior.





Speaking of CRKT, it seems obvious that the Ranch Hand has certain genetic traits in common with Columbia River's Lil' Guppie tool. The wrench mechanism is identical, right down to the fine teeth and coarse teeth in the jaws.





One also wonders how much the overall design was inspired by Spyderco's SpydeRench?




Personally, I see the Ranch Hand as a cross between the two, hence the nickname "SpyderGuppie" :D


PROS
- wrench / knife / pliers / screwdriver all in one
- seems rather well made
- thin, compact, carryable

CONS
- screwdriver has limited reach
- fat fingered folks will have trouble getting the hex bits out
- rather small wrench opening, I can't think where I would use it
 

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Re: Cattleman's Cutlery Tool, aka the SpyderGuppie!
« Reply #1 on: December 20, 2010, 05:56:50 AM »
Bob
Did you see the second place you can place the bits? Both share the same magnet to hold the bits. The magnet on mine fell out :( after a use or two. It took me a while to figure out how to get the bits out. I thought it opened but I was wrong. I think it is more useful than the guppie with the added pliers but not as useful as the spyderench. It is about a fifth the price of the byrd wrench and a sixth the price of the spyder wrench. Not a bad deal
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« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2010, 10:09:14 AM »
That looks very cool Bob , a lot more compact than I thought. Bummer on the bit size , I was thinking the MTO Charter member bit kit extender would be a good match up  :(. 10mm is quite small for a shifter  ???.

I am keen to get hold of my one negatives aside  8) 8) 8) 8).


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« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2010, 11:34:59 AM »
Likewise. I have not received my copy yet.

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Re: Cattleman's Cutlery Tool, aka the SpyderGuppie!
« Reply #4 on: December 21, 2010, 02:53:26 AM »
Somebody definately crossbred a Guppie with a Spydertool :tu:

Where can I get one of these babies! :gimme:

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« Reply #5 on: December 25, 2010, 03:07:09 PM »
I just got mine in the mail yesterday. :)

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Re: Cattleman's Cutlery Tool, aka the SpyderGuppie!
« Reply #6 on: December 25, 2010, 04:39:52 PM »
Great review and pics as very Bob. :tu:  Interesting tool as well.

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« Reply #7 on: December 26, 2010, 10:10:00 AM »
I opened one of these on Christmas.  It was actually a little bigger and heavier than I imagined. Quite and interesting tool.  I think I'll keep an eye out for a small sheath for it even though it has a nice pocket clip, the sheath will keep it nice during infrequent use.

I actually used the pliers to try to adjust some poorly made precision hand drill.  The worked well, but eventually my Spirit and other tools were required to get things in order.  While small, I can see using the wrench on some small electronic devices from time to time.

Didn't try the blade, looks nice, felt like it needed a little sharpening.  As noted in the review the bits are a bit finiky to remove.  One of them went flying as I poped it out, the other couple slid out more slowly.  The large straight-edge bit needs to be inserted in the holder with a certain orientation to seat correctly; a minor annoyance.

Quite an interesting tool for the under $25 price. 
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Re: Cattleman's Cutlery Tool, aka the SpyderGuppie!
« Reply #8 on: December 26, 2010, 05:00:29 PM »
Looks very interesting for the price - perhaps one to leave in the glove box.

I'm thinking a set of WIHA 4mm bits (or similar much cheaper version) would go very nicely with it too.

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Re: Cattleman's Cutlery Tool, aka the SpyderGuppie!
« Reply #9 on: December 27, 2010, 02:15:58 AM »
Looks very interesting for the price - perhaps one to leave in the glove box.

I'm thinking a set of WIHA 4mm bits (or similar much cheaper version) would go very nicely with it too.


Ah, now that's a fine idea! :tu: I hadn't realized there were other 4mm bits available. :)

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Re: Cattleman's Cutlery Tool, aka the SpyderGuppie!
« Reply #10 on: December 27, 2010, 02:38:22 AM »
There's plenty out there :)

Having previously searched for them to use with a Cybertool, I came across lots of cheapo types as well as the nice sets - just nothing with the prerequisite ball bearing.


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Re: Cattleman's Cutlery Tool, aka the SpyderGuppie!
« Reply #11 on: December 27, 2010, 03:05:53 AM »
Harbor freight and lowes have them for around 5 dollars
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Re: Cattleman's Cutlery Tool, aka the SpyderGuppie!
« Reply #12 on: August 12, 2011, 05:00:03 AM »
Good price for one of these on EDCSource right now :)

http://www.edcsource.com/auction_details.php?auction_id=108365

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