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True Utility: Fixr 2475

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True Utility: Fixr
« on: July 29, 2015, 10:56:38 PM »
TrueUtility FIXR


The sleeve is nice, although the button is a bit hard to open


You can see, its a lot smaller than the Pocket Wrench II


The body is slimmer (2.5mm), but overall the tool is thicker (about 8mm)


The 20 functions for reference
« Last Edit: July 29, 2015, 10:57:42 PM by Etherealicer »

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Re: True Utility: Fixr
« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2015, 10:58:34 PM »
1) Measuring ruler

Not much I can say about this, its 2 inch long and in implerial measurement, but then I got it straight from the US, so

that should not be surprising. The ruler matches up with OK. Its about 1/32 inch off per inch (about 3%), good enough

for a rough estimate, but not precision territory.
Grade: Pass


2) Wire Stripper

First I tested the cutting power. The thin cables were cut easily, the whole strand did need some work but it gave a good enough cut.


Stripping of the whole strand worked really well, the individal cables needed some practice (wire-stripping is not something I do)
Grade: Good


3) Bottle opener
It works, what do you need more?
Grade: Good


4) Quick Release Clip

Not much to say about, its not really well aligned.
Grade: Pass
« Last Edit: July 29, 2015, 11:33:02 PM by Etherealicer »

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Re: True Utility: Fixr
« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2015, 11:00:44 PM »
5) Box opener
My keys work better, so for a tool that is designed to open boxes that is very poor
Grade: Fail


6) 6mm wrench

Didn't test it on any screws But I tested it with my 6mm allen, which fitted very loosely. I measured 6.5mm so its very imprecise cut.
Grade: Fail

7, 9, 10 + 14) Phillips and Flat Screwdrivers

Tested those on several screws, not great, but good enough for a tool like this. The flat screwdrivers are easy to use, the Phillips are a bit harder, but they stow away in order to no stab your leg.
Grade: Good


8) Eye Glass Screwdriver
Nr. 8 is a complete bust. It's nowhere nearly small enough to be usefull as eyeglass screwdriver.
Grade: Fail


11) Spoke wrench
Why? because it takes no space. Every tool that has a single spoke wrench fits both my bikes, so I assume they use THE standard size. This one does not fit, well it does if I force it, personally I think its just imprecisely manufactured.
Grade: Fail (If you have only one spoke wrench, it better be standard size)

12) Nail Cleaner
It works, but there is not much to it.
Grade: Pass

13) Razor Sharp Cutting Blade
First I tested the cutting power on cable, after all who needs a wire stripper if you can't cut the wire. The thin cables were cut easily, the whole strand did need some work but it gave a good enough cut. (For Pictures see #2)


I also had to bundle some paper for recycling and used the Fixr to cut the rope. It required some practice to get a nice cut (I don't see this as a disadvantage, getting to know your tool is curcial in any case).


Finally I tested it on some zip-ties. It struggled with the largest and the biggest flaw became obvious, the rotating screwdrivers were in the way and there is no really good way to hold it.

Grade: Pass (Mainly because its hard to hold)
« Last Edit: July 29, 2015, 11:34:49 PM by Etherealicer »

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Re: True Utility: Fixr
« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2015, 11:03:23 PM »
15, 17, 18 and 19) 8/10/12/14mm wrenchs
Didn't test it on any screws But I tested it with my 8mm allen. Unlike the 6mm which was too wide, I didn't manage to stick the 8mm allen it, as it was too small. The same goes for the 10mm.
12mm I measured, it was 13mm!
14mm I measured too, it was 14.5mm if you look at the closely

you see that the step from 10 to 12 is much larger than the step from 12 to 14.
Grade: Fail

16) Pry bar
Not much testing here. Its tempered from both sides, which makes it harder to use as prying tool.
Grade: Pass


20) File
Tested it on my nails, it works, not nearly as well as the file on a Classic.
Grade: Pass


Summary
Pro:
- Design
- Great Tool load-out in a small package
- Nothing pointy sticking out

Con:
- Poor quality
- The rotating tools are difficult to use and also in the way when using the rest of the tools.


Conclusion
Bluntly put, there is no way I would choose this over a SAK, any SAK. Sadly, it is also not a good companion to the SAK as the rotating screwdriver makes it thick and those screwdrivers don't add anything a SAK doesn't bring.

The design is great, but the execution is so poor.
« Last Edit: July 29, 2015, 11:36:06 PM by Etherealicer »

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Re: True Utility: Fixr
« Reply #4 on: July 29, 2015, 11:05:58 PM »
Finally, I should mention that Kampfer sent me that tool and begged asked me for a review. So, here you go Kampfer :salute:

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Re: True Utility: Fixr
« Reply #5 on: July 29, 2015, 11:18:40 PM »
Nice review! Thanks. :tu:
Now I don't have to buy one myself to test it.
One thought on cutting ropes, maybe easier to hole FixR's carabiner with index finer and hole the rope with the other hand?

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Re: True Utility: Fixr
« Reply #6 on: July 29, 2015, 11:23:07 PM »
Nice review! Thanks. :tu:
Now I don't have to buy one myself to test it.
One thought on cutting ropes, maybe easier to hole FixR's carabiner with index finer and hole the rope with the other hand?
You're welcome :salute:

As you can see, cut #3 is fairly clean, you just have to figure out how it works best for you.

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Re: True Utility: Fixr
« Reply #7 on: July 30, 2015, 12:15:08 AM »
Cool review :tu:. I have been really interested in this tool since I first spotted it online. Bummer that it seems like with better QC and a little more thought, it could be a good tool. Seems to fit in well with TU's line-up, lol.

Thanks for taking the time to do this for us :salute:

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Re: True Utility: Fixr
« Reply #8 on: July 30, 2015, 09:29:44 AM »
Very interesting review  :tu:

Quick theory on the mis-sized wreches:
I wonder if something got lost in translation at some point, and the sizes are actually imperial

6mm actually 1/4" (6.35mm)
8mm actually 5/16" (7.94mm)
10mm actually 3/8" (9.53mm)
12mm actually 1/2" (12.7mm)
14mm actually 9/16" (14.29mm)

This would fit in what what you said was oversized and undersized. Maybe they did a metric version and imperial version, but only changed the text on the metric version  ::)


Edit:  :rofl: :rofl: After I typed and posted this, I went back to your pics and it does have the imperial sizing written on it  ;) Imperial tool with metric guide sheet. You just read the wrong one  :P
« Last Edit: July 30, 2015, 09:35:54 AM by 50ft-trad »



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Re: True Utility: Fixr
« Reply #9 on: July 30, 2015, 10:25:03 AM »
Still a better tool than the Metperial  :D

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Re: True Utility: Fixr
« Reply #10 on: July 30, 2015, 10:30:47 AM »
Still a better tool than the Metperial  :D
Hell yeah!

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OCD Squad Leader Admin Team Zombie Apprentice Posts: 11,682
Re: True Utility: Fixr
« Reply #11 on: July 30, 2015, 10:41:26 AM »
Very interesting review  :tu:

Quick theory on the mis-sized wreches:
I wonder if something got lost in translation at some point, and the sizes are actually imperial

6mm actually 1/4" (6.35mm)
8mm actually 5/16" (7.94mm)
10mm actually 3/8" (9.53mm)
12mm actually 1/2" (12.7mm)
14mm actually 9/16" (14.29mm)

This would fit in what what you said was oversized and undersized. Maybe they did a metric version and imperial version, but only changed the text on the metric version  ::)


Edit:  :rofl: :rofl: After I typed and posted this, I went back to your pics and it does have the imperial sizing written on it  ;) Imperial tool with metric guide sheet. You just read the wrong one  :P
Thanks for pointing that one out, I did not realize that. :oops:

I think you are right, I will see if I can find an imperial Allen set to test that but the numbers match. That would excuse all the wrenches.

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Re: True Utility: Fixr
« Reply #12 on: July 30, 2015, 07:24:59 PM »
Still a better tool than the Metperial  :D

Comment of the day! Corwyn for the win.

"I wanna introduce you to a very personal friend of mine. This is an M41A pulse rifle. Ten millimeter with over-and-under thirty millimeter pump action grenade launcher." - Cpl Hicks
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Re: True Utility: Fixr
« Reply #13 on: July 31, 2015, 10:28:28 PM »
Back to the wrenches. Couldn't get a set of imperial Allan keys so I used calipers to measure... The measures worked out quite well, I was already ready to write an apology ;)


So the one thing in imperial size I have are 1/4" bits, so I wanted to test at least that. I had a hard time putting it in, then something came loose (probably a lake of coating). After that it fit well enough.


I then had a closer look at the 5/16", well not what I would call a precise cut

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Re: True Utility: Fixr
« Reply #14 on: July 31, 2015, 10:51:33 PM »
Ugghhh.... that doesn't look very pretty



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Re: True Utility: Fixr
« Reply #15 on: August 28, 2015, 05:52:21 AM »
I clicked a Like button down there, but I'm not sure you'll see it.

Well-done.

I hate to see an American tool fail like that, but I'm just as glad to see honesty. At least there is Leatherman to redeem us, hehehe.

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Re: True Utility: Fixr
« Reply #16 on: August 28, 2015, 11:57:33 AM »
Great review, thanks! I've seen this and thought about getting one. About €20. Now I'm going to spend that on something better.

 :salute: :tu:

I recently bought the SkeletonKnife from them and was also very disapointed. Very hard to open, even with both hands (OHO my foot...). Very frail, not very good lock-up. Would not recomend it.

http://www.trueutility.com/collections/pocket-knives/products/skeletonknife




On the other hand, the MiniDriver is very good and was a really good surprise. Have it with me all the time.
The bits are actually 2 double-point ones, not 4 single point.

http://www.trueutility.com/collections/keyring-accessories/products/minidriver

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