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NEW Gerber Center Drive PLUS 2110

Head Turd Polisher Administrator Just Bananas Posts: 61,085 Optimum instrumentum est inter aures
NEW Gerber Center Drive PLUS
« on: January 22, 2019, 07:59:06 PM »
Another interesting email I got today, this time about the new Gerber Center Drive +: 

https://www.gerbergear.com/Multi-Tools/One-Hand-Opening/Center-Drive-Plus_30-001417?utm_source=gerber&utm_campaign=CDP1_consumer&utm_medium=email&spMailingID=58267164&spUserID=MjI4NDEzNDc3NTEyS0&spJobID=1562344879&spReportId=MTU2MjM0NDg3OQS2



Apparently Gerber listened to us- thanks Gerber!

It looks like this new version of the Center Drive has everything we liked about the old one, but does away with the two tone finish, adds a combo edged blade and scissors.  And all we had to give up was the serrated blade, which is not a big concern because the main blade now does double duty. 

Of course you may think that reduces the usefulness of the main blade by making it essentially two half-blades, but the blade is also 30% longer!

According to Gerber:

Quote
The Center-Drive Plus offers uncompromising performance through revolutionary design, now optimized for weapons maintenance. The innovative center-axis driver opens to align like a real screw driver, yielding maximum torque and rotation. No productivity is sacrificed with the addition of a 30% longer outboard blade and one-thumb opening sliding jaws. Full size, real tools - the multi-tool just got a reality check. New to the Plus is the addition of much-requested scissors, tumble-finished tools, and a premium leather sheath.

DETAILS:

Closed Length: 4.7
Open Length: 6.6”
Weight” 9.5oz
One-Thumb Opening System
Spring-Loaded Needlenose Pliers with X-Channel Rail System
Rotatable Carbide Wire Cutters & Strippers
Full-Size 3.25” Partially Serrated Blade
Magnetic 3.2” Center-Axis Bit Driver
Pry Bar w/ Nail Puller & Bottle Opener
Serrated Blade
Awl, File
Magnetic Flathead and Phillips Bits
Spring-Loaded Scissors

As a fan f the original Center Drive, I am looking forward to using the Center Drive PLUS.

Def

Leave the dents as they are- let your belongings show their scars as proudly as you do yours.
OCD Squad Leader Admin Team Zombie Apprentice Posts: 11,562
Re: NEW Gerber Center Drive PLUS
« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2019, 08:43:10 PM »
Like the look... but my major beef with the Center Drive was that the pry-tool uses the plastic bit as pivot. Oh and the marketing :D
Despite that, I agree, this is a good step in the right direction.

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Zombie Apprentice Posts: 12,226
Re: NEW Gerber Center Drive PLUS
« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2019, 09:01:57 PM »
I hated the marketing too.

And the price :D

I can get MP400's at €20 second hand nowadays and the 600 at 25.

I wonder when I'll encounter TSA Centre drives and at what price.
Just a little too rich for my blood when new.

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Full Member Posts: 157
Re: NEW Gerber Center Drive PLUS
« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2019, 09:10:55 PM »
They didn't improve the plier head with that crazy carbide cutters ::)

I have nothing against corkscrew, i'm Italian!!
No Life Club Posts: 1,844
Re: NEW Gerber Center Drive PLUS
« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2019, 09:13:15 PM »
That looks pretty cool, i might get one cause i really want scissors over serrated blade

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Full Member Posts: 157
Re: NEW Gerber Center Drive PLUS
« Reply #5 on: January 22, 2019, 10:09:07 PM »
I like the CD 'cause I have it but....... they just added a pair of scissor.....
« Last Edit: January 22, 2019, 10:10:46 PM by balvenie »

I have nothing against corkscrew, i'm Italian!!
Head Turd Polisher Administrator Just Bananas Posts: 61,085 Optimum instrumentum est inter aures
Re: NEW Gerber Center Drive PLUS
« Reply #6 on: January 22, 2019, 10:17:46 PM »
And yet when LM paints something a different color everyone clamors for it.   ::)

Personally I like having scissors on a multitool, and I see this as adding a function without losing anything since it still retains both serrated and straight blades.  They have increased the function without having to redesign the tool.

That qualifies as some pretty decent refining in my mind.

Def

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No Life Club Posts: 2,510
Re: NEW Gerber Center Drive PLUS
« Reply #7 on: January 22, 2019, 10:47:38 PM »
The sheath looks nice!

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Re: NEW Gerber Center Drive PLUS
« Reply #8 on: January 22, 2019, 10:49:09 PM »
Sorry Gerber, but the Leatherman Surge is truly better in every aspect but the bit driver. Seperate plain and serrated blades (both longer than those on the Center Drive, especially the short secondary serrated blade on the standard model), outside accessible scissors, a fine screwdriver, and the option of using t-shank jigsaw blades in place of the file.
« Last Edit: January 22, 2019, 10:50:54 PM by cody6268 »
Zombie Apprentice Posts: 11,578
Re: NEW Gerber Center Drive PLUS
« Reply #9 on: January 22, 2019, 10:58:55 PM »
Right on Def!! 
And yet when LM paints something a different color everyone clamors for it.   ::)

Personally I like having scissors on a multitool, and I see this as adding a function without losing anything since it still retains both serrated and straight blades.  They have increased the function without having to redesign the tool.

That qualifies as some pretty decent refining in my mind.

Def

Barry
Full Member Posts: 157
Re: NEW Gerber Center Drive PLUS
« Reply #10 on: January 22, 2019, 11:09:32 PM »
The sheath looks nice!

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Absolutely!

I have nothing against corkscrew, i'm Italian!!
Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 9,444 Man of Multiple MultiTool Manufacturers
Re: NEW Gerber Center Drive PLUS
« Reply #11 on: January 22, 2019, 11:17:17 PM »
Glad I didn't splurge for the BO model. Love SS Gerbers. BO is better for EDC(no spotting like some Gerber SS), but wow, the CD looks a little nicer without the BO parts. IMO of course.

True though, the added scissors aren't revolutionary, but duly needed. The SE blade in the current CD sucks mothballs. :ahhh

And I'm sure they'll offer it in BO, at some point, for those who like BO.  :multi:

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Thread Killer 2017 Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 5,742 Born to multitask.
Re: NEW Gerber Center Drive PLUS
« Reply #12 on: January 22, 2019, 11:24:38 PM »
Holy smurfity smurfers! :ahhh

Although, calling it Plus is a bit cheeky. They should have gone full LM and added 154CM cutters.
Also, I can already hear the complaints over gaining scissors but having a combo blade. One step forward, one step backwards.
OCD Squad Leader Admin Team Zombie Apprentice Posts: 11,562
Re: NEW Gerber Center Drive PLUS
« Reply #13 on: January 23, 2019, 06:56:00 AM »
Around 15th minute it starts "widely received as one of the best MTs" :D


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Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 9,444 Man of Multiple MultiTool Manufacturers
Re: NEW Gerber Center Drive PLUS
« Reply #14 on: January 23, 2019, 08:10:19 AM »
That new US made leather sheath.  :o :drool:

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Zombie Apprentice Posts: 12,226
Re: NEW Gerber Center Drive PLUS
« Reply #15 on: January 23, 2019, 12:02:04 PM »
Around 15th minute it starts "widely received as one of the best MTs" :D


:facepalm:

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No Life Club Posts: 1,212
Re: NEW Gerber Center Drive PLUS
« Reply #16 on: January 23, 2019, 12:05:57 PM »
They didn't improve the plier head with that crazy carbide cutters ::)

What's wrong with those cutters?


I hated the marketing too.

:iagree:
OCD Squad Leader Admin Team Zombie Apprentice Posts: 11,562
Re: NEW Gerber Center Drive PLUS
« Reply #17 on: January 23, 2019, 01:00:39 PM »
I hated the marketing too.

:iagree:
After watching the shot show video, I highly recommend the Gerber Peeps to lay off alcohol a bit...

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Global Moderator He Who Has The Most Nuts, Wins! Posts: 54,106
Re: NEW Gerber Center Drive PLUS
« Reply #18 on: January 23, 2019, 01:22:49 PM »
I have always liked the CD but I can't go with it's price ::) If they had kept the PE blade on it and put scissors on it then they would have likely tipped me in the direction hard enough to get one :whistle: I don't like combo blades and that has stopped me from pulling the trigger on LM Signals and MUTs :ahhh :D

Love that sheath though :drool: and it is a great direction that they seem to be heading in :cheers: :like:
Zombie Apprentice Posts: 11,578
Re: NEW Gerber Center Drive PLUS
« Reply #19 on: January 23, 2019, 02:43:57 PM »
Love that leather sheath!  Any idea on when it's going to be released?  The company site says it's coming...love the new look!! :woohoo:

Barry
Global Moderator Zombie Apprentice Posts: 18,185
Re: NEW Gerber Center Drive PLUS
« Reply #20 on: January 23, 2019, 04:03:31 PM »
I dont have a CD but the addition of scissor is a plus.  The combo blade on a MT is not a deal breaker for me YMMV, tho yes I do prefer a PE.  Most carry a primary blade and for those who dont the serrated part is nice for some material.  The cutters are a problem :dunno: y'all prefer 154cm?  I didn't follow the CD as closely as some. 

What I do like is that Gerber seems to have listened.  I also really like the looks of that sheath, again seems Gerber listened.

Not bad for a second iteration.   :tu:

 

 

Esse Quam Videri
Zombie Apprentice Posts: 11,578
Re: NEW Gerber Center Drive PLUS
« Reply #21 on: January 23, 2019, 04:52:37 PM »
 :iagree: Aloha.  I usually pack a knife but I do use that blade for some heavy duty cutting.  The serrated blade on the OG CD is virtually useless, so eliminating it was a good move.  I think the biggest complaint I had was the sheath, and always wanted to make a leather one for mine.  I'm really tempted to pick one of these new ones up to give it a try.  I have never had any issues with the cutters on mine, or any other issues as a lot of other users have.  Mine is my go to tool for almost anything I need to tackle outside of work, where my Rebar rides along.  Like Aloha said, I'm thrilled that Gerber is listening to its customers!  I keep hoping that the QC Department gets it's act together!
I dont have a CD but the addition of scissor is a plus.  The combo blade on a MT is not a deal breaker for me YMMV, tho yes I do prefer a PE.  Most carry a primary blade and for those who dont the serrated part is nice for some material.  The cutters are a problem :dunno: y'all prefer 154cm?  I didn't follow the CD as closely as some. 

What I do like is that Gerber seems to have listened.  I also really like the looks of that sheath, again seems Gerber listened.

Not bad for a second iteration.   :tu:

 

 

Barry
Global Moderator Zombie Apprentice Posts: 18,185
Re: NEW Gerber Center Drive PLUS
« Reply #22 on: January 23, 2019, 04:59:04 PM »
Great to hear.  SO the serrated blade removal is also a plus.  The sheath is a plus.  Sounds like Gerber aptly named this tool.  Applauds to Gerber.  I mean heck, they listened.  They may not have done everything however they made a step in the right direction.  QC will have to be dialed in as with others not just them. 

Esse Quam Videri
Zombie Apprentice Posts: 11,578
Re: NEW Gerber Center Drive PLUS
« Reply #23 on: January 23, 2019, 05:04:35 PM »
I'd really recommend trying this tool my friend!  I've had some great experiences with it! 

Barry
Global Moderator Zombie Apprentice Posts: 18,185
Re: NEW Gerber Center Drive PLUS
« Reply #24 on: January 23, 2019, 05:09:23 PM »
I have a fondness for MrPinchy but have not tried any newer Gerbers.  Its odd cause I do like the sliding pliers.  With this next CD I just may have to pick one up. 

Esse Quam Videri
Global Moderator He Who Has The Most Nuts, Wins! Posts: 54,106
Re: NEW Gerber Center Drive PLUS
« Reply #25 on: January 23, 2019, 05:13:21 PM »
The more I look at this the more I  :like: it, also like most of you I carry a PE blade with me daily so the combi blade might not be a deal breaker ::) it has a very ni e tool selection for sure and I may end up with one of these because I like scissors on a MT :D
Abandon All Hope Ye Who Enter Here... Posts: 48,568
Re: NEW Gerber Center Drive PLUS
« Reply #26 on: January 23, 2019, 05:52:53 PM »
Are the scissors any good do they actually cut paper  :think:

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Zombie Apprentice Posts: 11,578
Re: NEW Gerber Center Drive PLUS
« Reply #27 on: January 23, 2019, 06:04:45 PM »
I know I've had good luck with the scissors on my other Gerber's over the years Wim, but this hasn't hit the market yet.

Barry
Abandon All Hope Ye Who Enter Here... Posts: 48,568
Re: NEW Gerber Center Drive PLUS
« Reply #28 on: January 23, 2019, 06:56:08 PM »
I haven’t got any Gerber MTs this is why I am interested to hear what the quality is like on the tools  :tu:

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Zombie Apprentice Posts: 11,578
Re: NEW Gerber Center Drive PLUS
« Reply #29 on: January 23, 2019, 07:00:51 PM »
It seems to vary a good bit.  I've had great luck with mine, but I've seen some of the not so lucky products like the machete.

Barry

 

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