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New Craftsman Multitool Cheap or Not?

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New Craftsman Multitool Cheap or Not?
on: January 19, 2013, 06:30:35 AM
So recently I purchased a new Craftsman Multi-tool.  It is a newer design and in my opinion it appears to be to at least some basic tasks around the house or office. 

The tool its self is different from most other multi-tools out there.  The pliers head and tool is opened with a sliding mechanism that allows the plier head to retract in to the handles of the tool and keep the tool closed.  The pliers them self have a good grip and seem solid.  They are also spring loaded.  On one handle there is also precision screw driver with a removable two sided bit.  The bit hold will take the standard precision bits.  Although there is nothing really holding the bits in place so they do fall out.  As with most multi-tools there is a saw blade that is good for cutting off the occasional small branch or two.  On the other handle there is a can opener, bottle opener and standard screwdriver.  All seem more that capable of the job.  It seems solid but has some flex and would not work at all as a pry bar.  Then finally on this handle is a very sharp knife.  The blade its self is also very solid and has a nice polish to it.  It is laser etched with the Craftsman logo.

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Re: New Craftsman Multitool Cheap or Not?
Reply #1 on: January 19, 2013, 06:39:54 AM
Chances are, if it has the same lifetime warranty as other Craftsman tools, it won't fall apart any time soon.
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New Craftsman Multitool Cheap or Not?
Reply #2 on: January 19, 2013, 12:24:24 PM
What do they cost?

I'd imagine anything under $20/£15 is cheap. Something you could take a chance buying without it hurting the wallet if it doesn't live up to expectations.


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Re: New Craftsman Multitool Cheap or Not?
Reply #3 on: January 19, 2013, 01:10:18 PM
IIRC these are under $20 so seem like a very good price to me.  Very interesting MT I think, especially in that it takes standard precision screwdriver bits.
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Re: New Craftsman Multitool Cheap or Not?
Reply #4 on: January 19, 2013, 06:01:08 PM
Looks like a gerber balance to me


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Re: New Craftsman Multitool Cheap or Not?
Reply #5 on: January 19, 2013, 06:08:46 PM
I can only find them around here at $25. I don't know how interested I am at that price. Under $20 might interest me.

Trouthunter, can you give us the weight on this tool?


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Re: New Craftsman Multitool Cheap or Not?
Reply #6 on: January 19, 2013, 06:21:32 PM
Looks like a gerber balance to me
It does look like that, with a few obvious differences.  Chances are that it may have come from the same manufacturer.
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Re: New Craftsman Multitool Cheap or Not?
Reply #7 on: January 19, 2013, 06:48:52 PM
I can only find them around here at $25. I don't know how interested I am at that price. Under $20 might interest me.

Trouthunter, can you give us the weight on this tool?

Yeah, the weight is 233 grams or 8.3 ounces.


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Re: New Craftsman Multitool Cheap or Not?
Reply #8 on: January 19, 2013, 09:13:58 PM
I can only find them around here at $25. I don't know how interested I am at that price. Under $20 might interest me.

Trouthunter, can you give us the weight on this tool?

Yeah, the weight is 233 grams or 8.3 ounces.

Wow, heavy little bugger for what it is. Anyways, if I stumble across one for under $20 it will be mine - oh yes, it will be mine.  :tu:
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Re: New Craftsman Multitool Cheap or Not?
Reply #9 on: January 19, 2013, 09:25:30 PM
I can only find them around here at $25. I don't know how interested I am at that price. Under $20 might interest me.

Trouthunter, can you give us the weight on this tool?

Yeah, the weight is 233 grams or 8.3 ounces.

Wow, heavy little bugger for what it is. Anyways, if I stumble across one for under $20 it will be mine - oh yes, it will be mine.  :tu:

That is chunky  :o

Trout, could we have a size comparison with a "known" tool please?  :tu:


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Re: New Craftsman Multitool Cheap or Not?
Reply #10 on: January 20, 2013, 01:32:45 AM
So here is comparision of the Craftsman Multi-Tool and a Original PST.





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Re: New Craftsman Multitool Cheap or Not?
Reply #11 on: January 20, 2013, 02:09:03 AM
Excellent, thanks mate  :tu:


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Re: New Craftsman Multitool Cheap or Not?
Reply #12 on: January 20, 2013, 12:44:14 PM
I know the ergonomics are better with a lot of these new tools, but it sure seems to add a lot of bulk too.  It would be nice to see designers somehow incorporating more function into the extra size.

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Re: New Craftsman Multitool Cheap or Not?
Reply #13 on: January 20, 2013, 05:27:39 PM
I picked up one of these Craftsman tools recently. It clearly borrows from the Gerber Balance design, but its not quite as refined in my opinion. And there's no real definite evidence that they both came from the same factory. 


Balance is smaller and fits in my hand (and in my pocket) better than the Craftsman









Gerber sliding mechanism is slick and quick to use, because the slot it rides in is "parallel", and offers no resistance. Craftsman slider runs in a tapered slot, and tends to "wedge" the further I slide it forward. This would probably be something the user would get accustomed to over time, but still.......points to Gerber :salute:








Pliers themselves however are longer and thicker on the Craftsman tool. Makes the Gerber pliers feel sorta cheap and flimsy in comparison:







Both tools have four folding tools, but the selection is entirely different. One similarity is the hex driver, but oddly enough the larger Craftsman tool uses a tiny little hex bit, whereas the smaller Gerber tool uses a larger 4mm hex bit.

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Re: New Craftsman Multitool Cheap or Not?
Reply #14 on: January 20, 2013, 05:31:29 PM
I see a bit of a Fiskars look to it.
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Re: New Craftsman Multitool Cheap or Not?
Reply #15 on: January 20, 2013, 05:36:24 PM
If I were to bet, I'd say it was definitely "inspired by" the Balance, but not made by the same people or in the same factory or anything like that.
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Re: New Craftsman Multitool Cheap or Not?
Reply #16 on: January 20, 2013, 07:15:46 PM
I know the ergonomics are better with a lot of these new tools, but it sure seems to add a lot of bulk too.  It would be nice to see designers somehow incorporating more function into the extra size.

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Re: New Craftsman Multitool Cheap or Not?
Reply #17 on: January 20, 2013, 07:49:50 PM
J-sews,
Great comparison. Thanks! :salute:

Grant... yeah, I'm with you on the added weight thing. Inefficient use of space and mass on tools that are by their function intended to save space and mass makes me a little crazy.


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Re: New Craftsman Multitool Cheap or Not?
Reply #18 on: January 20, 2013, 07:59:41 PM
Great shots Bob, very helpful. :salute: 
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Re: New Craftsman Multitool Cheap or Not?
Reply #19 on: January 20, 2013, 08:02:58 PM
Great shots Bob, very helpful. :salute:

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Re: New Craftsman Multitool Cheap or Not?
Reply #20 on: March 08, 2014, 08:00:12 PM
    Does the Craftsman have locking tools/blades? I know this thread is old, just am hoping somebody still owns one!! I saw this today, but Sears wanted $30.00 for it which I thought was a bit much.


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Re: New Craftsman Multitool Cheap or Not?
Reply #21 on: March 09, 2014, 02:48:27 AM
Found my answer...it does not have locking tools! Will probably not be adding this to my collection!


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Re: New Craftsman Multitool Cheap or Not?
Reply #22 on: March 09, 2014, 03:42:29 AM
I'm more interested in the Gerber after this review. Something to "research" at work tomorrow. ::)


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Re: New Craftsman Multitool Cheap or Not?
Reply #23 on: March 09, 2014, 03:53:29 AM
I'm more interested in the Gerber after this review. Something to "research" at work tomorrow. ::)

The Balance is a nice tool.  There are several good reviews of it on here, especially the one by 50ft-Trad.  It does have its fans here, and I'm one.  It's my favorite small plier-based tool.  :tu:
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Re: New Craftsman Multitool Cheap or Not?
Reply #24 on: March 30, 2015, 01:01:14 PM
If anyone is interested, the victorinox cybertool bits fit the driver on the craftsman tool. They are a bit shorter, but fit fine.


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Re: New Craftsman Multitool Cheap or Not?
Reply #25 on: March 30, 2015, 04:00:44 PM
Both tools have four folding tools, but the selection is entirely different. One similarity is the hex driver, but oddly enough the larger Craftsman tool uses a tiny little hex bit, whereas the smaller Gerber tool uses a larger 4mm hex bit.
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Wait, does that mean Victorinox CT bits, fit into the Gerber Balance? Thought that the Balance has some odd sized bits.

So the balance has a 4mm and a 1/4" bit driver?
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Re: New Craftsman Multitool Cheap or Not?
Reply #26 on: March 30, 2015, 09:03:40 PM
Both tools have four folding tools, but the selection is entirely different. One similarity is the hex driver, but oddly enough the larger Craftsman tool uses a tiny little hex bit, whereas the smaller Gerber tool uses a larger 4mm hex bit.
(Image removed from quote.)
Wait, does that mean Victorinox CT bits, fit into the Gerber Balance? Thought that the Balance has some odd sized bits.

So the balance has a 4mm and a 1/4" bit driver?
did some digging: No they won't :'(
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