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Advice on my Wave issue 389

Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 7,404
Advice on my Wave issue
« on: November 10, 2019, 03:49:53 PM »
So I was rooting around in the tackle box that is use to store my collection.

In the bottom of the box is the space my Wife calls the place failed tool projects go to die.

Came across this gem. It’s an OG Wave with Rebar pliers and a pair of S30v PE blades. Can’t remember if I did the mods or someone here did.

Anyways it worked fine for quiet a while then I can only assume it came loose somewhere?

It opens fine and all the handle tools open and operate fine but the issue is the pliers. When I go to plier stuff they just come loose and the plier head doesn’t open.


Leatherman:
Wave, Surge, Skeletool, PST I,  Squirt S4, Micra, Rebar,

Victorinox:
Explorer, Super Tinker, CyberTool, Yeoman, Champion Plus, Red Shield Syph Custom, Pioneer, Ranger, Workchamp, Classic, Vagabond, Swisschamp, OH GAK

Wenger:
Handyman, Pocket Tool Chest

Spyderco:
Southard, Dragonfly 2, Para Military 2, Native Tan, Sage 3, Endura, Delica, Manix 2, Military
Global Moderator Abandon All Hope Ye Who Enter Here... Posts: 42,232
Re: Advice on my Wave issue
« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2019, 04:07:39 PM »
Is there a burr on the wire cutters catching and preventing the pliers from opening or are the handles just loose  ?
Global Moderator He Who Has The Most Nuts, Wins! Posts: 57,255
Re: Advice on my Wave issue
« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2019, 04:11:09 PM »
On the plus side of this, if the cutters are an issue you can take those off and replace or at least take them off and file them much more easily that if they are part of the plier head :cheers: Hope you can get it sorted, Harley :tu: Looks like a nice 2nd gen Wave :like:
Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 7,404
Re: Advice on my Wave issue
« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2019, 04:30:49 PM »
99% sure it is something to do with the handles. No sign of a burr and I can just pull the pliers apart with my fingers.

Edit: So I happened to be carrying my Cybertool so took the cutters off and the Iers work much better. I can see small burrs on the cutters now but feel like a little more tight might also be in order.

« Last Edit: November 10, 2019, 04:38:43 PM by HarleyXJGuy »

Leatherman:
Wave, Surge, Skeletool, PST I,  Squirt S4, Micra, Rebar,

Victorinox:
Explorer, Super Tinker, CyberTool, Yeoman, Champion Plus, Red Shield Syph Custom, Pioneer, Ranger, Workchamp, Classic, Vagabond, Swisschamp, OH GAK

Wenger:
Handyman, Pocket Tool Chest

Spyderco:
Southard, Dragonfly 2, Para Military 2, Native Tan, Sage 3, Endura, Delica, Manix 2, Military
Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 7,404
Re: Advice on my Wave issue
« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2019, 05:14:55 PM »
A SAK fixing a LM.

That never happens.

Leatherman:
Wave, Surge, Skeletool, PST I,  Squirt S4, Micra, Rebar,

Victorinox:
Explorer, Super Tinker, CyberTool, Yeoman, Champion Plus, Red Shield Syph Custom, Pioneer, Ranger, Workchamp, Classic, Vagabond, Swisschamp, OH GAK

Wenger:
Handyman, Pocket Tool Chest

Spyderco:
Southard, Dragonfly 2, Para Military 2, Native Tan, Sage 3, Endura, Delica, Manix 2, Military
Global Moderator Abandon All Hope Ye Who Enter Here... Posts: 42,232
Re: Advice on my Wave issue
« Reply #5 on: November 10, 2019, 05:19:15 PM »
A SAK fixing a LM.

That never happens.

Yep, usually a Leatherman fixing what a SAK can't    :D
Zombie Apprentice Posts: 17,484
Re: Advice on my Wave issue
« Reply #6 on: November 10, 2019, 05:37:58 PM »
 :rofl:
Sr. Member Posts: 419
Re: Advice on my Wave issue
« Reply #7 on: November 10, 2019, 05:47:11 PM »
Yep, usually a Leatherman fixing what a SAK can't    :D
Shots fired  :rofl:
Zombie Apprentice Posts: 13,285
Re: Advice on my Wave issue
« Reply #8 on: November 10, 2019, 05:53:23 PM »
Never seen a LM repair a SAK though :pok: :D

Buy now or regret later
Hero Member Posts: 679 Did you know Uranus has 22 moons?!?
Re: Advice on my Wave issue
« Reply #9 on: November 10, 2019, 05:58:08 PM »
I'd rather push a SAK than drive a Leatherman!


Wait...that doesn't work...nevermind.


Dang it!

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Global Moderator Abandon All Hope Ye Who Enter Here... Posts: 42,232
Re: Advice on my Wave issue
« Reply #10 on: November 10, 2019, 05:59:22 PM »
Tim Leatherman came up with the PST to overcome the short comings of a SAK   :pok:
Hero Member Posts: 679 Did you know Uranus has 22 moons?!?
Re: Advice on my Wave issue
« Reply #11 on: November 10, 2019, 06:14:34 PM »
Tim Leatherman came up with the PST to overcome the short comings of a SAK   :pok:

Well it was a good try. Sam Walton failed several times before Walmart became a success too.  :pok:

Rather mundane quote entered here to approximate humor.
Hero Member Posts: 679 Did you know Uranus has 22 moons?!?
Re: Advice on my Wave issue
« Reply #12 on: November 10, 2019, 06:17:12 PM »
On a serious note-

After a buddy of mine showed me his Leatherman, I have been dying to get one. I have Swisstools, but never owned a Leatherman. His is the Wave...I really like it.

Rather mundane quote entered here to approximate humor.
Global Moderator Abandon All Hope Ye Who Enter Here... Posts: 42,232
Re: Advice on my Wave issue
« Reply #13 on: November 10, 2019, 06:31:24 PM »
On a serious note-

After a buddy of mine showed me his Leatherman, I have been dying to get one. I have Swisstools, but never owned a Leatherman. His is the Wave...I really like it.

Had a Swisstool and later tried a Spirit. Both are long gone in favor of my leathermans  :tu:
Zombie Apprentice Posts: 13,285
Re: Advice on my Wave issue
« Reply #14 on: November 10, 2019, 07:35:17 PM »
No rights or wrongs anyway.

When looking at the plier based tools only, getting a LM or Vic means you're getting a quality tool built to last.

Which brand someone gets all depends on the individual and also the local market availability.

I prefer my Spirit for work, but love my TTI in my offtime.
Or the good ol' PST... or my Black Oxide Spirit... Or a SAK...  :D

Buy now or regret later
Full Member Posts: 118
Re: Advice on my Wave issue
« Reply #15 on: November 13, 2019, 02:10:49 AM »
99% sure it is something to do with the handles. No sign of a burr and I can just pull the pliers apart with my fingers.

Edit: So I happened to be carrying my Cybertool so took the cutters off and the Iers work much better. I can see small burrs on the cutters now but feel like a little more tight might also be in order.



Not sure of it applies because you have a Rebar head on there...or that it's a first gen wave, but on the newer ones (of which I've had this identical issue) the spring bar that rides on the pliers at the bottom, it loses tension and you can just use a punch and a hammer and lightly tap to bend the spring bar back down, towards the rounded cam section of the pliers head.  This restores the tight handle engagement when opened for pliers use.

I think that's all you need to do.  I did my stainless 2nd Gen wave myself instead of sending it in.  I did send it in eventually when I rounded off a bunch of the pliers teeth. They put a brand new wave+ plier on it.  Nice.

 

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