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Center Drive 30 day challenge 4969

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Re: Center Drive 30 day challenge
« Reply #210 on: December 03, 2017, 04:10:06 PM »
DAY 28

 Nice pic kevin!  :like: Milo is a cool looking dog. :tu:

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Re: Center Drive 30 day challenge
« Reply #211 on: December 04, 2017, 12:02:44 PM »
Great pics yesterday guys :like: :like:
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Re: Center Drive 30 day challenge
« Reply #212 on: December 04, 2017, 03:14:16 PM »
Day 29

Various uses today getting my Christmas on at work. Cutting tape, putting screws and hooks in, cutting cable ties, etc...






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Re: Center Drive 30 day challenge
« Reply #213 on: December 04, 2017, 03:50:52 PM »
Sounds like fun Kevin!!

Barry
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Re: Center Drive 30 day challenge
« Reply #214 on: December 04, 2017, 11:17:50 PM »
DAY 29

Only one day left! :woohoo: :woohoo:

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Re: Center Drive 30 day challenge
« Reply #215 on: December 04, 2017, 11:36:06 PM »
Great decorations Kev :like: :like:

Great pics as well by all of you :cheers: :tu:
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Re: Center Drive 30 day challenge
« Reply #216 on: December 05, 2017, 02:08:19 AM »
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Re: Center Drive 30 day challenge
« Reply #217 on: December 05, 2017, 04:56:06 AM »
 :cheers: Thanks Poncho and Nix!  This tool really is a very handy sidekick to have.  At first it seemed big to pack daily, but it really grew in favor with me.  It's actually very handy to have along!  I sure wish it had a saw though :facepalm: but even that's no big deal.

Barry
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Re: Center Drive 30 day challenge
« Reply #218 on: December 05, 2017, 04:58:49 AM »
I'm curious to know....maybe after the challenge...how you guys feel the Gerber compares to other Multitools.

Keep up the fine work!  :salute:
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Re: Center Drive 30 day challenge
« Reply #219 on: December 05, 2017, 09:17:55 AM »
Day 30

Here we are at the end of the challenge, and I have to say the center drive was much better than I thought it would be. The only tool not used over the month was the serrated blade. It's useless to me and is getting replaced with a U shank saw holder as soon as I get hold of a set of the gerber tool off Loki.

The pliers are pretty good, though when trying to twist off old tie wraps they struggled for some reason. They got there in the end but seemed to slip off way to easily. I wonder if that was the BO coating at first as they got better over time as the coating wore off the jaws a bit. The cutters in the pliers are the usual gerber ones and I chipped them before the challenge and had to turn to the next good face. I wish I knew how to machine these kind of things as they are crying out for some in 420HC like the leatherman ones (I think they are 420HC anyway). Someone could make a killing making and selling those  :pok:. After a month of daily use mine have freed up and the pliers are now flicky and can be deployed one handed as they should be.

The awl is ok for making an X mark and shallow starter hole for screws, but it is way to wide for anything deeper. It needs profiling to make it thinner, but then I worry it will be weak and twist.  It's great as a scraper though and parcel opener, though it's a pain to deploy when the blade is so easily accessible on the outside for parcel opening duties. They definitely need to rethink the awl. 

The prybar is good, I have used mine to pry stuff I had no right to do as it was probably borderline too much for it, but it did it ok. I was pushing it as I know others have chipped an edge off theirs prying nails, so I tried to give it a good workout, and it hasn't chipped or broken yet.

The file is good, a bit coarse but does the job quite admirably. It's no better or worse than the type on a LM rebar, ST, etc.

The screwdriver, this is the main selling point of the CD and it's a great tool. The magnet has great retention and it's a strong driver. I've used it on some really right screws and it handled it without a problem. Not a lot more to say about it really, it does exactly what it was designed to do.

The main blade out of the box felt sharp, but the edge retention was crappy. It went blunt so fast when using it to cut bags of top soil open, but once it had a proper sharpen on my edge pro it held up great. I sharpened it at the beginning of the challenge and only had to touch up the edge once through the 30 day challenge, though it's about ready for a good sharpen again now.

Overall I was far more impressed with it than I thought I would be and will now be added to my EDC rotation rather than being just used and abused as a gardening tool.


« Last Edit: December 05, 2017, 11:15:47 AM by Kevin Davey »

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Re: Center Drive 30 day challenge
« Reply #220 on: December 05, 2017, 12:56:08 PM »
Nice work and cool pics!
Side note, LM's replacement cutters use 154CM.

Nate

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Re: Center Drive 30 day challenge
« Reply #221 on: December 05, 2017, 01:30:08 PM »
Nice work and cool pics!
Side note, LM's replacement cutters use 154CM.

Thanks  :tu:

I couldn't remember if it was 420 or 154  :cheers:
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Re: Center Drive 30 day challenge
« Reply #222 on: December 05, 2017, 03:19:57 PM »
Great write-up!

Congratulations on the challenge!  :salute:
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Re: Center Drive 30 day challenge
« Reply #223 on: December 05, 2017, 03:46:57 PM »
Great write-up!

Congratulations on the challenge!  :salute:

Thank you  :cheers:
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Re: Center Drive 30 day challenge
« Reply #224 on: December 05, 2017, 06:44:43 PM »
Fun challenge to follow, thanks, and great job!

 
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Re: Center Drive 30 day challenge
« Reply #225 on: December 05, 2017, 07:25:04 PM »
Great write-up!

Congratulations on the challenge!  :salute:

Thank you  :cheers:

it was indeed very interesting to read your thoughts on one of the most innovative and promising tools of these years.
If I had it, I think I'd share most of your critics over the tool as well as my impressions on it, given the use you've put it through and the challenges you've encountered.

Thanks for the good follow-up and conclusion to the 30 days Challenge!  :cheers:

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Re: Center Drive 30 day challenge
« Reply #226 on: December 05, 2017, 09:40:15 PM »
There's nothing I could add to what's been written already about this awesome tool.  This is my first Gerber multitask and I've been really impressed with it!  It wears well on my belt, and covers 95% of what I need extremely well.  It's been fun!!

Barry
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Re: Center Drive 30 day challenge
« Reply #227 on: December 05, 2017, 09:44:37 PM »
Congratulations, Barry! Well done.  :clap:
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Re: Center Drive 30 day challenge
« Reply #228 on: December 05, 2017, 09:55:18 PM »
Thanks Nix!!! :cheers:

Barry
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Re: Center Drive 30 day challenge
« Reply #229 on: December 05, 2017, 10:37:20 PM »
Congratulations guys!   :cheers:

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Re: Center Drive 30 day challenge
« Reply #230 on: December 05, 2017, 10:42:56 PM »
Day 30
Great job guys, it's been a great challenge to do with you guys! :tu: :cheers:
« Last Edit: December 05, 2017, 10:56:18 PM by Spartan19 »

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Re: Center Drive 30 day challenge
« Reply #231 on: December 05, 2017, 11:52:46 PM »
Great to see you guys have finished this challenge and have a love for the CD :like: It looks like a great tool and if I came across one marked closer to what I would pay then I would definitely add it to the collection :tu: :like:

From the looks of it you guys have the badge already as well :cheers: So congrats for that as well :like:
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Re: Center Drive 30 day challenge
« Reply #232 on: December 06, 2017, 09:00:13 AM »
Great work guys  :tu:

Thanks for the badge to  :cheers:
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Re: Center Drive 30 day challenge
« Reply #233 on: December 06, 2017, 08:26:21 PM »
 :cheers: +1!!!

Barry
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Re: Center Drive 30 day challenge
« Reply #234 on: December 31, 2018, 06:07:38 PM »
My Center Drive sees a fair amount of use by me and my family but not alot of belt time.  Recently, I've been packing it along more and more.  As some might recall, Music Man was one of it's biggest fans prior to his passing.  Would anyone here be interested in doing a Center Drive Challenge in honor and in memory of him?  I'm thinking March timeframe.  There seems to be be a few new owners of this M/T and it would give them a chance to put it through it's paces.  Let me know.

Barry
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Re: Center Drive 30 day challenge
« Reply #235 on: December 31, 2018, 06:47:52 PM »
My Center Drive sees a fair amount of use by me and my family but not alot of belt time.  Recently, I've been packing it along more and more.  As some might recall, Music Man was one of it's biggest fans prior to his passing.  Would anyone here be interested in doing a Center Drive Challenge in honor and in memory of him?  I'm thinking March timeframe.  There seems to be be a few new owners of this M/T and it would give them a chance to put it through it's paces.  Let me know.

I don't have one, but I am happy and glad that you had the idea of honoring Music Man in that way  :salute:
Have a great year Barry, and shall MM remain in our memories for the time to come  :cheers:

My toys:

MTs: Surge (2x), Skeletool CX, Rebar, Blast, Fuse, Micra, Squirt (3x), Wave, Crunch, Mini, Spirit (2x), Pro Scout, MP700 (2x), Diesel, Powerlock, PowerPlier (2x), PocketPowerPlier, Blacktip , ST6 (2x), 5WR, A100

SAKs: Bantam, Executive, Ambassador, Minichamp, Classic Alox, Champion, Farmer, Explorer, Swisschamp, Golf Tool, Wenger Champ, EVO 52, Pocket Tool Chest
Global Moderator Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 6,644
Re: Center Drive 30 day challenge
« Reply #236 on: December 31, 2018, 06:48:26 PM »
Yep I'll join in on that one  :tu:
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Re: Center Drive 30 day challenge
« Reply #237 on: December 31, 2018, 08:43:05 PM »
You too my friend!  :cheers:
My Center Drive sees a fair amount of use by me and my family but not alot of belt time.  Recently, I've been packing it along more and more.  As some might recall, Music Man was one of it's biggest fans prior to his passing.  Would anyone here be interested in doing a Center Drive Challenge in honor and in memory of him?  I'm thinking March timeframe.  There seems to be be a few new owners of this M/T and it would give them a chance to put it through it's paces.  Let me know.

I don't have one, but I am happy and glad that you had the idea of honoring Music Man in that way  :salute:
Have a great year Barry, and shall MM remain in our memories for the time to come  :cheers:

Barry
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Re: Center Drive 30 day challenge
« Reply #238 on: December 31, 2018, 08:43:30 PM »
Great Kevin! 
Yep I'll join in on that one  :tu:

Barry

 

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