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Searching for a cheap and reliable multitool 517

Newbie Posts: 6
Searching for a cheap and reliable multitool
« on: May 13, 2019, 08:50:22 PM »
Hello everybody,

I'm looking for a multitool.

I understood that Leatherman seems to be the brand to own, it's reliable and sturdy however where I live they are pretty expensive.

Do you have advices on something less expensive but still reliable ?

The tools I would need :

Pliers, saw, scissor, screwdrivers, bottle opener and a knife.

Thanks for your help!

No Life Club Posts: 1,102
Re: Searching for a cheap and reliable multitool
« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2019, 08:56:44 PM »
There is a subforum a bit further down, "cheap and cheerful", where there many threads about off-brand multi-tools.

What kind of size are you looking for? Key chain, pocket, belt carry? Then there is your hand size and what grip you prefer.

"If only simple wasn't so hard" - me
(Partial disclosure: I design tools for a living).
Newbie Posts: 6
Re: Searching for a cheap and reliable multitool
« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2019, 09:17:02 PM »
There is a subforum a bit further down, "cheap and cheerful", where there many threads about off-brand multi-tools.

What kind of size are you looking for? Key chain, pocket, belt carry? Then there is your hand size and what grip you prefer.

Thanks for helping, I will take a look at this subforum, sorry I hadn't seen it before posting.

Regarding the size, I think I need something close to the Leatherman Sidekick size which I saw irl, and it looked the perfect size for me
Zombie Apprentice Posts: 12,052
Re: Searching for a cheap and reliable multitool
« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2019, 09:23:32 PM »
Gerber Suspension
Gerber Suspension NXT

Not the same quality as a LM, but decent enough for everyday urban adventures.
Just don't expect them to last a lifetime.

Buy now or regret later
Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 8,832 Man of Multiple MultiTool Manufacturers
Re: Searching for a cheap and reliable multitool
« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2019, 09:26:08 PM »
Gerber Suspension
Gerber Suspension NXT

Not the same quality as a LM, but decent enough for everyday urban adventures.
Just don't expect them to last a lifetime.
:iagree:

And just to add on, the Gerber has a lifetime warranty, granted the cost of shipping it to Gerber is lower than the cost of a new tool.

Pontificating particularly pious positions pertaining to polymorphic paraphernalia. G-Man.
Newbie Posts: 6
Re: Searching for a cheap and reliable multitool
« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2019, 09:29:25 PM »
Thanks I will check this out
No Life Club Posts: 1,102
Re: Searching for a cheap and reliable multitool
« Reply #6 on: May 14, 2019, 01:57:23 AM »
sorry I hadn't seen it before posting.

Nothing to be sorry about. I just meant it as somewhere you might want to look.  :cheers:

"If only simple wasn't so hard" - me
(Partial disclosure: I design tools for a living).
No Life Club Posts: 2,983
Re: Searching for a cheap and reliable multitool
« Reply #7 on: May 14, 2019, 02:07:06 AM »
The Gerber MP-400 is another nice size tool for urban carry.
No Life Club Posts: 1,168
Re: Searching for a cheap and reliable multitool
« Reply #8 on: May 14, 2019, 02:35:35 AM »
Hello everybody,

I'm looking for a multitool.

I understood that Leatherman seems to be the brand to own, it's reliable and sturdy however where I live they are pretty expensive.

Do you have advices on something less expensive but still reliable ?

The tools I would need :

Pliers, saw, scissor, screwdrivers, bottle opener and a knife.

Thanks for your help!

And where is it that you live?

Also I have broken a few Leatherman but no Gerbers so far.
So I would not be too quick to assume that one os better than another just from popularity?
We are here to essentially share experience so we have more data to work with about what we feel is the best tool for the price.
No Life Club Posts: 2,630
Re: Searching for a cheap and reliable multitool
« Reply #9 on: May 14, 2019, 03:08:59 AM »
I would go with anything from Leatherman, Gerber, SOG, or Victorinox.  For the most part, the cheap off-brands are far from "reliable" and will fail miserably with hard use, and even if it's a well-made tool, the companies don't often have good customer support, or even much of a warranty.  And compared to the 25 years to lifetime warranties, those off brand warranties cover little, are very short term (30-90 days) or are non-existent.

I have dealt with the Leatherman, Gerber, and Victorinox warranties regularly. I have sent them damaged (and in most cases obviously abused/mistreated) tools often, and got the tools repaired or replaced; at little cost to me other than shipping.
Full Member Posts: 173
Re: Searching for a cheap and reliable multitool
« Reply #10 on: May 14, 2019, 07:51:17 AM »
I hear people saying "I have broken 2-3 Leatherman but non of cheap ones." And than you look how they use MT. With cheap one they clean finger nails (not to brake them) and with LM they try to open a tank with can opener (LM is indestructible)  :facepalm:
Newbie Posts: 6
Re: Searching for a cheap and reliable multitool
« Reply #11 on: May 14, 2019, 09:06:47 AM »
I live in south of France.

A SAK is also an option, the life warranty is a strong advantage and the build quality, however the pliers are clearly a weak point. I guess I need to try them to have an idea.

I have to define better my needs, I have a tool box with everything needed at home so this multitool I will buy is only for outside.

From my understanding (Im quite new in this universe), a SAK is better suited for the outdoor and a multitool is better suited for tickering so the multitool seems better for me, can you fix for example a car problem with a SAK?

A SAK seems great if I get lost in the forrest when a multitool seems better to fix mechanical things and can perfectly save my life also if I have to spend nights in the nature
« Last Edit: May 14, 2019, 09:15:03 AM by Luc Lessard »
Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 8,832 Man of Multiple MultiTool Manufacturers
Re: Searching for a cheap and reliable multitool
« Reply #12 on: May 14, 2019, 10:03:54 AM »
It gets very subjective in that respect. Personally, I feel like pliers are very important outdoors. I carry an MT and SAK combo everyday, and find that I use both of them. Having pliers is amazing, but if you need to hold a nut and tighten a screw at the same time, then having both an MT and SAK is a must.  :)

Pontificating particularly pious positions pertaining to polymorphic paraphernalia. G-Man.
Global Moderator No Life Club Posts: 2,312
Re: Searching for a cheap and reliable multitool
« Reply #13 on: May 14, 2019, 10:11:32 AM »
We love our brands at MTo of course - But you could try an off brand!
Some are extermely dodgy - But I reckon some would be OK for infrequent use?  ??? ........ I may be  kicked out of MTo for saying that   :pok:
You can get a cheap off brand multitool at many garages or hardware shops.
If you can get your hands on one before buying (eg not clam-packages) you could check blade sharpness, overall tightness etc etc - You could probably tell pretty quickly if it is OK or not!!

Maybe try one of those for starters?

Also did you also consider second hand? Not sure what sites are available in France - But I am sure ebay is there

Bienvenue et Bonne chance - Mon ami
Admin Team Zombie Apprentice Posts: 18,654 mmmmm SAKrelicious
Re: Searching for a cheap and reliable multitool
« Reply #14 on: May 14, 2019, 10:40:00 AM »
Welcome to the forum Luc  :salute:

I think by Victorinox cody was probably meaning the Swiss Tool or Spirit - two of the best plier based multi's out there. You could put a 'wanted' add in the Tools Needed sub forum and buy second hand.

I'd echo cody in that you can't go wrong with Vic, Leatherman or Gerber (especially MP400 or 600).

Good luck - I hope you stick around and let us know what you decide  :cheers:

'Use the force Harry' - Gandalf

'Derail a thread and we'll come at you like a block of cheese'. Captain Mags and Sergeant Fuzzbucket of the Anti Derai.... mmmmmmm cheese
Newbie Posts: 6
Re: Searching for a cheap and reliable multitool
« Reply #15 on: May 14, 2019, 01:12:25 PM »
Thanks all for your kindness!

Im very happy to have found this forum :)


Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 6,284
Re: Searching for a cheap and reliable multitool
« Reply #16 on: May 14, 2019, 01:25:09 PM »
Leatherman (and Gerber?) are probably much more expensive in France than they are in the US... would Victorinox be a better bang for buck in this case?  :dunno:

Full Member Posts: 173
Re: Searching for a cheap and reliable multitool
« Reply #17 on: May 14, 2019, 03:39:11 PM »
Leatherman (and Gerber?) are probably much more expensive in France than they are in the US... would Victorinox be a better bang for buck in this case?  :dunno:

You would think so, but no. Vic and LM are more expensive. It is very hard to find new SwissTool for under 100€. Gerber is more affordable.
Newbie Posts: 6
Re: Searching for a cheap and reliable multitool
« Reply #18 on: May 14, 2019, 05:24:17 PM »
Ok finally I just ordered a SAK Ranger, for some reason I could not resist to get one, it's quite cheap and has plenty of tools (except the pliers :) )

I will buy a multitool later, and I think I will go with a Leatherman Sidekick

Like this I will have the best of both world



No Life Club Posts: 1,196 Ride the Music
Re: Searching for a cheap and reliable multitool
« Reply #19 on: May 14, 2019, 08:15:03 PM »
I often pair a Swiss Army knife with a Leatherman Skeletool.
The Skeletool for the pliers, the bit driver and the bottle opener.
The SAK for the blade, the saw, and whatever else.

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R
No Life Club Posts: 2,791
Re: Searching for a cheap and reliable multitool
« Reply #20 on: May 19, 2019, 10:15:01 PM »
If you keep an eye out on here, sometimes a Vic Spirit goes up for grabs at a good price. I've had a Vic Spirit for about two years and I find it to be the ideal MT for me..

I knew my wife was a keeper when she transitioned from calling it a knife thingy to a multi-tool.

I might be crazy but it's kept me from going insane- Waylon Jennings
Global Moderator No Life Club Posts: 2,312
Re: Searching for a cheap and reliable multitool
« Reply #21 on: May 20, 2019, 01:11:02 AM »
Ok finally I just ordered a SAK Ranger, for some reason I could not resist to get one, it's quite cheap and has plenty of tools (except the pliers :) )

I will buy a multitool later, and I think I will go with a Leatherman Sidekick

Like this I will have the best of both world

Excellent plan - The Ranger is fab - covers so many bases - although quite wide for posh trousers

Please let us know how you get on and future plans
Lots of good ideas in this thread

A bientot 😁
No Life Club Posts: 3,855
Re: Searching for a cheap and reliable multitool
« Reply #22 on: May 20, 2019, 01:44:41 AM »
I post this only as an example - it is an australian one, but there is likely something similar under a local brand near you -

https://www.kincrome.com.au/pocket-tool-kit-18function


Basically a made-in-china knockoff of a Supertool, branded for a local tool company - The quality is "okay" - in that, it will do the job quite acceptably, and due the branding, it is covered by that company's warranty (kincrome is lifetime) (rather than probably identical tool bought from no-name place, or online)


The take away from this is - have a look at your "local" tools and hardware brands, even if they are not necessarily "multitool" companies, and see if they have any Multitools in their range - they may not be made in the same factories as their "core" line of tools for their business, but they should still be covered by their QC and warranty.

(The Kincrome tool linked to is about 1/6th the price of an equivalent LM at the time)
Newbie Posts: 15
Re: Searching for a cheap and reliable multitool
« Reply #23 on: May 21, 2019, 03:55:03 PM »
The Leatherman Blast has all the tools you want and can probably be had for cheap. Well, used anyway. It’d be near perfect, if the tools opened from the outside... I carried a similar (but much less handy) Fuse for a while and have nothing but praise for the design.

Personally, I’d bet on quality over price. This way, you won’t have to replace your tool when it breaks...

« Last Edit: May 21, 2019, 04:33:17 PM by Radrler »
Full Member Posts: 108
Re: Searching for a cheap and reliable multitool
« Reply #24 on: May 21, 2019, 04:08:25 PM »
You could try a Victorinox SAK tinkerer. It comes with some smallish pliers.



Also, pay a visit to pawn shops. I have found bargains to be has in those places.

« Last Edit: May 21, 2019, 04:13:36 PM by munecito »
Sr. Member Posts: 418
Re: Searching for a cheap and reliable multitool
« Reply #25 on: May 21, 2019, 04:35:02 PM »
How cheep we talking? eBay is your friend. I get Leatherman blasts for $30, rebars for $40ish, and kicks for under $20. A good tool is just as good used IMO. SAK and Leathermans are wonderful to get used, and it's a more responsible way to shop.

Cheers

Ok finally I just ordered a SAK Ranger, for some reason I could not resist to get one, it's quite cheap and has plenty of tools (except the pliers :) )

I will buy a multitool later, and I think I will go with a Leatherman Sidekick

Like this I will have the best of both world

Don't get the sidekick until u give a hard look at the Leap. Yes...I'm serious.
Full Member Posts: 108
Re: Searching for a cheap and reliable multitool
« Reply #26 on: May 21, 2019, 09:58:54 PM »
 :iagree:

I love my leap

 

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