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Title: Gerber suspension and other variant Club :-)
Post by: Zed on December 30, 2017, 07:53:49 PM
Ok not started a club in a long time ,so although I know the suspension gets mixed reviews and Mainly bad,I've never joined in as prefer to try a MT out for myself  :tu: any other fans of the suspension and other variants  :tu:
Title: Re: Gerber suspension and other variant Club :-)
Post by: Mechanickal on December 30, 2017, 08:23:54 PM
It was a good tool.
Just broke to fast. :/
Title: Re: Gerber suspension and other variant Club :-)
Post by: Zed on December 30, 2017, 08:36:48 PM
It was a good tool.
Just broke to fast. :/

I know MT's limitations and there just backup or if I'm too far from a dedicated tool,I never overload the pliers or drivers as know they can break,but most of these tools have warranties  ;) This won't see a lot of action as I'll probably put it in my tackle box,but I will test it out  :salute:
Title: Re: Gerber suspension and other variant Club :-)
Post by: Mechanickal on December 30, 2017, 08:46:32 PM
It was a good tool.
Just broke to fast. :/

I know MT's limitations and there just backup or if I'm too far from a dedicated tool,I never overload the pliers or drivers as know they can break,but most of these tools have warranties  ;) This won't see a lot of action as I'll probably put it in my tackle box,but I will test it out  :salute:
Dropped it once and one of the pins broke off :)
Title: Re: Gerber suspension and other variant Club :-)
Post by: Zed on December 30, 2017, 08:59:23 PM
It was a good tool.
Just broke to fast. :/

I know MT's limitations and there just backup or if I'm too far from a dedicated tool,I never overload the pliers or drivers as know they can break,but most of these tools have warranties  ;) This won't see a lot of action as I'll probably put it in my tackle box,but I will test it out  :salute:
Dropped it once and one of the pins broke off :)

 :-\  I've had a few issues over the years even with leatherman and Sog, the last Dog I had was a disappointment as the bolts kept loosening up so I applied locktite to solve that issue,I then bent the wood saw  :facepalm: no biggy as did that to my wave as well  :D but these cost more than a suspension so will see  :salute:
Title: Re: Gerber suspension and other variant Club :-)
Post by: Mechanickal on December 31, 2017, 05:11:15 PM
Not all at once people... form a line please...
Title: Re: Gerber suspension and other variant Club :-)
Post by: Zed on December 31, 2017, 05:20:53 PM
Not all at once people... form a line please...

I didn't think it would be one of my most popular clubs  :rofl: although some people probably just don't won't to admit they have one  ;) me nah I'm fine with it tried so many and nothing for me is as good as a wave ,but I've not tried another MT since the powerplay and that was a disappointment  :-\ I'm sure to a point this will but I'll only be treating this as a light duty MT at this price range  :tu:
Title: Re: Gerber suspension and other variant Club :-)
Post by: Mechanickal on December 31, 2017, 05:29:49 PM

If you just keep it in a tackle box or as a back-up I'm sure it's got value for the money.
When mine was dropped, a pin broke in half which I repaired myself with a tiny bolt.
The second drop busted the piece that puts pressure on the pliers when opened. This meant that the pliers became unusable, knocking it out of action.
Magentus now has it's saw in his MP600 :D

Bottom line is that those parts aren't made of steel. It seems to me like they're made of cast metal. I'm sure that if it DIDN'T drop, it would still be going.

Then again, I recently dropped my second hand Swisstool X (bought it as a replacement at half the price a new Suspension would cost me. It was also the same price of shipping the Suspension back to the main retailer for repairs)
And guess what? The Swisstool survived... my floor tile didn't :facepalm:
Title: Re: Gerber suspension and other variant Club :-)
Post by: Zed on December 31, 2017, 05:47:55 PM

If you just keep it in a tackle box or as a back-up I'm sure it's got value for the money.
When mine was dropped, a pin broke in half which I repaired myself with a tiny bolt.
The second drop busted the piece that puts pressure on the pliers when opened. This meant that the pliers became unusable, knocking it out of action.
Magentus now has it's saw in his MP600 :D

Bottom line is that those parts aren't made of steel. It seems to me like they're made of cast metal. I'm sure that if it DIDN'T drop, it would still be going.

Then again, I recently dropped my second hand Swisstool X (bought it as a replacement at half the price a new Suspension would cost me. It was also the same price of shipping the Suspension back to the main retailer for repairs)
And guess what? The Swisstool survived... my floor tile didn't :facepalm:

Yeah some of these MT's are like tanks ,I don't expect much of the suspension but just a handy backup,I can't afford to have lots of expensive MT's in different packs so this is a cheaper option  :tu:
Title: Re: Gerber suspension and other variant Club :-)
Post by: Spartan19 on December 31, 2017, 08:11:50 PM
My Suspension was the first Gerber my I ever had, and it's served me well for quite a few years now, The design has had it's issues, but I have no complaints about mine. Great thread Z! :tu:
Title: Re: Gerber suspension and other variant Club :-)
Post by: Zed on January 01, 2018, 09:09:39 AM
My Suspension was the first Gerber my I ever had, and it's served me well for quite a few years now, The design has had it's issues, but I have no complaints about mine. Great thread Z! :tu:

Glad it served you well Spartan  :salute:
Title: Re: Gerber suspension and other variant Club :-)
Post by: ReamerPunch on January 01, 2018, 10:46:19 AM
Do Ganzo's count?  :think:
Title: Re: Gerber suspension and other variant Club :-)
Post by: Chako on January 01, 2018, 02:03:50 PM
When I first spied a Suspension, I had assumed it was Gerber's take on the standard Chinese multi-tool design...but with locking tools. I am still unsure which came first design wise. I know the Suspension came out in 2005. Either way, the Suspension did spawn quite a few different models that differ only in the handle design, except for the Thread which is the only multi-tool of the Suspension family that is different. I do recall that there was great discussion on various big box stores putting in their order for different handles versions to be different from the other competitors. I think the rarest and hardest to come by is the blue Crux which was an exclusive from one of the American store chains.

It took me some time, but I was able to dig up these 2014 photos I took. I haven't used one as an EDC, although I do know someone who has locally, and seemed for the most part be ok with the model. Personally, I have always found these a bit bulky, and the tool selection in regards to size and spacing to be a bit short and wide. Not designed to compete with the MP series from Gerber, I was always a bit shocked at the high sticker price that the Suspension sold for in Canada...retailing for around 45 to 55 Canadian dollars. All other models were sold in the US and thus I had to get them south of the border. With that said, everyone sold the Suspension up here in Canada.

Suspension.
(http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r207/Chako_photo/Album%202/SAM_0682small.jpg) (http://s145.photobucket.com/user/Chako_photo/media/Album%202/SAM_0682small.jpg.html)

Ripstop.
(http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r207/Chako_photo/Album%202/SAM_0686small.jpg) (http://s145.photobucket.com/user/Chako_photo/media/Album%202/SAM_0686small.jpg.html)

Bear Gryll's Ultimate Multi-tool.
(http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r207/Chako_photo/Album%202/SAM_0685small.jpg) (http://s145.photobucket.com/user/Chako_photo/media/Album%202/SAM_0685small.jpg.html)

Evo.
(http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r207/Chako_photo/Album%202/SAM_0684small.jpg) (http://s145.photobucket.com/user/Chako_photo/media/Album%202/SAM_0684small.jpg.html)

Tread.
(http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r207/Chako_photo/Album%202/SAM_0683small.jpg) (http://s145.photobucket.com/user/Chako_photo/media/Album%202/SAM_0683small.jpg.html)

Resolve.
(http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r207/Chako_photo/Album%202/SAM_0681small.jpg) (http://s145.photobucket.com/user/Chako_photo/media/Album%202/SAM_0681small.jpg.html)

Crux.
(http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r207/Chako_photo/Album%202/SAM_0680small.jpg) (http://s145.photobucket.com/user/Chako_photo/media/Album%202/SAM_0680small.jpg.html)

Crux Blue.
(http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r207/Chako_photo/Album%202/SAM_0695small.jpg) (http://s145.photobucket.com/user/Chako_photo/media/Album%202/SAM_0695small.jpg.html)

Method.
(http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r207/Chako_photo/Album%202/SAM_0679small.jpg) (http://s145.photobucket.com/user/Chako_photo/media/Album%202/SAM_0679small.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Gerber suspension and other variant Club :-)
Post by: Zed on January 01, 2018, 02:28:27 PM
Wow Thanks Dan  :salute: I should have known by now that you would have them all  :salute: I didn't know they did so many variants  :o the treads a interesting looking version , is there nothing in the other handle ?

I think Ganzo should have a separate club? But as this is in the Gerber section  :salute:
Title: Re: Gerber suspension and other variant Club :-)
Post by: Chako on January 01, 2018, 02:52:31 PM
Only an LED flashlight which uses the locking lever as an on/off button.
Title: Re: Gerber suspension and other variant Club :-)
Post by: Zed on January 01, 2018, 02:53:38 PM
Only an LED flashlight which uses the locking lever as an on/off button.

Thanks Dan  :salute:
Title: Re: Gerber suspension and other variant Club :-)
Post by: Chako on January 01, 2018, 02:59:39 PM
That Bear Grylls model never failed to crack me up name-wise. My idea of an Ultimate multi-tool is far from a gussied up Suspension.  :rofl:
Title: Re: Gerber suspension and other variant Club :-)
Post by: Mechanickal on January 01, 2018, 03:15:56 PM
That Bear Grylls model never failed to crack me up name-wise. My idea of an Ultimate multi-tool is far from a gussied up Suspension.  :rofl:
+1...

As long as it sells I guess...
Title: Re: Gerber suspension and other variant Club :-)
Post by: Chako on January 01, 2018, 03:21:31 PM
And sold it did I am sure. The Suspension itself is probably one of Gerber's most sold and successful MTs. I mean, it was literally sold everywhere, even in places you wouldn't expect to find a multi-tool.
Title: Re: Gerber suspension and other variant Club :-)
Post by: Spartan19 on January 01, 2018, 03:40:42 PM
My Suspension was the first Gerber my I ever had, and it's served me well for quite a few years now, The design has had it's issues, but I have no complaints about mine. Great thread Z! :tu:

Glad it served you well Spartan  :salute:

Thanks Zed :cheers:
Title: Re: Gerber suspension and other variant Club :-)
Post by: Zed on January 01, 2018, 04:25:35 PM
who doesn't like black and orange  ;)  :rofl: but yes the Ultimate Multitool  is a bit much,personaly i dont think it exists,well it does in a MTO members own mind  ;)
Title: Re: Gerber suspension and other variant Club :-)
Post by: Spartan19 on January 02, 2018, 01:29:24 AM
who doesn't like black and orange  ;)  :rofl: but yes the Ultimate Multitool  is a bit much,personaly i dont think it exists,well it does in a MTO members own mind  ;)
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 :rofl: true that! Will the ultimate mt ever exist?! :D
Title: Re: Gerber suspension and other variant Club :-)
Post by: Yadda on August 27, 2018, 05:54:05 AM
I joined recently.   I don't usually buy Gerbers.  This one was in a lot with a Paladin that I wanted.  I am actually pleased with acquisition.  It is a lot higher quality than I originally assumed.
Title: Re: Gerber suspension and other variant Club :-)
Post by: Sam Lim on August 27, 2018, 06:25:50 AM
I joined recently.   I don't usually buy Gerbers.  This one was in a lot with a Paladin that I wanted.  I am actually pleased with acquisition.  It is a lot higher quality than I originally assumed.

I think I know which auction that was. I was watching it but I fell asleep! I blame it on different timezone! A pretty good deal that u got there I would say!!
Title: Re: Gerber suspension and other variant Club :-)
Post by: Yadda on August 27, 2018, 07:00:28 PM
I joined recently.   I don't usually buy Gerbers.  This one was in a lot with a Paladin that I wanted.  I am actually pleased with acquisition.  It is a lot higher quality than I originally assumed.

I think I know which auction that was. I was watching it but I fell asleep! I blame it on different timezone! A pretty good deal that u got there I would say!!

Thanks!  :salute: :cheers:
Title: Re: Gerber suspension and other variant Club :-)
Post by: stugumby on October 11, 2018, 05:22:58 AM
Big chunky grip and way too short on the driver blades. But for a quick grab tool etc its not too bad. I keep a BG on the outside of a car kit, have used it a couple of times for minor cutting tasks etc. You can usually get a suspension for under $15 thru flea bay as well, so not a lot of money, has good warranty service.Good starter tool.
Title: Re: Gerber suspension and other variant Club :-)
Post by: Spartan19 on October 11, 2018, 09:48:26 PM
 :cheers:
Title: Re: Gerber suspension and other variant Club :-)
Post by: mikekoz on November 20, 2018, 09:56:28 PM
   I have two Suspensions. One is probably 10-12 years old, and the other maybe a year. I bought the newer one because I read the design or the quality was different. There was no difference at all from what I could see. I picked it up for $20.00, and for that price it would be hard to find a multitool better than it. I do not understand where a lot of folks say it gets mainly bad reviews. It has about a 4.5 rating on Amazon, and pretty much 90% of reviews I have read on it elsewhere have been positive.
Title: Re: Gerber suspension and other variant Club :-)
Post by: Sam Lim on November 21, 2018, 01:56:09 AM
   I have two Suspensions. One is probably 10-12 years old, and the other maybe a year. I bought the newer one because I read the design or the quality was different. There was no difference at all from what I could see. I picked it up for $20.00, and for that price it would be hard to find a multitool better than it. I do not understand where a lot of folks say it gets mainly bad reviews. It has about a 4.5 rating on Amazon, and pretty much 90% of reviews I have read on it elsewhere have been positive.

I myself find the toolset to be pretty ok, quite like them actually. Many longish tools. Blades are shorter than many others but I like them this way. Weakest part would be the pliers stop. I have broken one myself.. Handle splay is something that can and should be improved. At $20, with all locking tools, it's an excellent MT for the price.
Title: Re: Gerber suspension and other variant Club :-)
Post by: gerleatherberman on November 21, 2018, 02:11:47 AM
 :iagree:
I have to concur, mike and sam.

After I 'wore in' my OG Suspension, I could flik the studded tools out and flip the pliers open. Really liked it. But, I broke a plier stop as well and received a brand new Suspension and haven't used it, since it went to the collection drawers.
The Suspension NXT is one of my new favorites. I like the Truss, but for a clipped all-locking MT, the NXT is a good tool. Gerber did forget to fix the handle splay. :ahhh
Gerber did remedy the plier stop issue. :)
Title: Re: Gerber suspension and other variant Club :-)
Post by: Darrell85 on December 23, 2018, 04:22:44 AM
I am a suspension owner... It was too cheap not to try. Lol. Its a little bulky and no pocket clip, so i knew when i bought it that i would never edc it. Seems to be a good tool for the price. Has been living in my get home bag for 2 years now.
Title: Re: Gerber suspension and other variant Club :-)
Post by: Barry Rowland on December 31, 2018, 06:00:35 PM
I have no idea how I missed this Club, but here's a pic of my NXT.  It's been a good, solid carry and the blade is hair-shaving sharp.
Title: Re: Gerber suspension and other variant Club :-)
Post by: gerleatherberman on December 31, 2018, 08:44:12 PM
I am a suspension owner... It was too cheap not to try. Lol. Its a little bulky and no pocket clip, so i knew when i bought it that i would never edc it. Seems to be a good tool for the price. Has been living in my get home bag for 2 years now.
For the price, it is hard to beat. :iagree:

I have no idea how I missed this Club, but here's a pic of my NXT.  It's been a good, solid carry and the blade is hair-shaving sharp.
Welcome to the Suspension club! The NXT, when found without QC issues, is an MT jewel. IMO of course. :)
Title: Re: Gerber suspension and other variant Club :-)
Post by: Barry Rowland on December 31, 2018, 08:47:40 PM
 :cheers:  I've been really happy with mine so far.  For some reason, I have hit it lucky with my Gerber purchases, but I've seen some of the ones with big issues too.
Title: Re: Gerber suspension and other variant Club :-)
Post by: MTFool on January 02, 2019, 11:07:15 PM
OK, yes I  own a Suspension,ok ok I will admit I own two    :facepalm:

They are ok for the price.
BUT  what I HATE is the phillips screwdriver.!!!!
Because of that it is a deal breaker for me.   (I  use that driver quite a bit)
Leatherman's 2d phillips are a lot better imo.
Title: Re: Gerber suspension and other variant Club :-)
Post by: Sam Lim on January 04, 2019, 06:05:20 AM
OK, yes I  own a Suspension,ok ok I will admit I own two    :facepalm:

They are ok for the price.
BUT  what I HATE is the phillips screwdriver.!!!!
Because of that it is a deal breaker for me.   (I  use that driver quite a bit)
Leatherman's 2d phillips are a lot better imo.

I think there are quite a variety of version of the said 2D Philips. Some are quite OK and some are rather pointed. I do like them for light duty though. Like opening battery cover for my kid's toy or changing/repair electrical plugs. The best part for the Suspension line or Gerber butterfly design is that they can accommodate many long tools and they are all locking. Alot of good stuff in that very low price range. I often buy those beat up suspensions cheaply for their parts.  ;)
Title: Re: Gerber suspension and other variant Club :-)
Post by: Barry Rowland on January 04, 2019, 03:17:10 PM
The version I have has a Philips similar to my Rebar.  I'm pretty satisfied with how it works so far.
Title: Re: Gerber suspension and other variant Club :-)
Post by: Happy Gilmore on January 13, 2019, 12:04:47 AM
Both the suspension black and the mini are on sale ATM at home Depot. 19.97 for suspension. 7ish for the mini. Also got a coast fixed blade for less than 7 and the Gerber machete/ pocket knife combo for 19.97
Title: Re: Gerber suspension and other variant Club :-)
Post by: Serena on January 18, 2019, 03:54:16 PM
Yep, I'm in since today…

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190118/222f21db052754d8a0edfe1203d53c1c.jpg)
Title: Re: Gerber suspension and other variant Club :-)
Post by: Barry Rowland on January 18, 2019, 05:34:31 PM
Welcome aboard Serena!
Title: Re: Gerber suspension and other variant Club :-)
Post by: Serena on January 18, 2019, 10:09:14 PM
Welcome aboard Serena!
Thank you!
Title: Re: Gerber suspension and other variant Club :-)
Post by: gerleatherberman on January 19, 2019, 03:31:17 AM
Yep, I'm in since today…

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190118/222f21db052754d8a0edfe1203d53c1c.jpg)
Very cool and congrats, Serena!  :woohoo:

The OG Suspension is great bang-for-the-buck! If the weight is an issue, the Suspension NXT is a good option. The NXT costs more, but is a more urban-update to the OG Suspension. :)
Title: Re: Gerber suspension and other variant Club :-)
Post by: Serena on January 19, 2019, 08:10:24 AM
Yep, I'm in since today…

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190118/222f21db052754d8a0edfe1203d53c1c.jpg)
Very cool and congrats, Serena!  :woohoo:

The OG Suspension is great bang-for-the-buck! If the weight is an issue, the Suspension NXT is a good option. The NXT costs more, but is a more urban-update to the OG Suspension. :)
This was a present, I would have never bought one myself to be honest. It's too bulky. I'm also having a bit trouble opening some items. The nail thingy is not very handy…
Let's see if I will use it.
Title: Re: Gerber suspension and other variant Club :-)
Post by: gerleatherberman on January 20, 2019, 02:16:06 AM
Yep, I'm in since today…

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190118/222f21db052754d8a0edfe1203d53c1c.jpg)
Very cool and congrats, Serena!  :woohoo:

The OG Suspension is great bang-for-the-buck! If the weight is an issue, the Suspension NXT is a good option. The NXT costs more, but is a more urban-update to the OG Suspension. :)
This was a present, I would have never bought one myself to be honest. It's too bulky. I'm also having a bit trouble opening some items. The nail thingy is not very handy…
Let's see if I will use it.
My OG Suspension was also too tight when I bought it. Some good oil(silicone based) and working the tools a hundred times watching YouTube(while reading MT.o threads) helped a lot. I can now flick the OHO blades out like they were assisted. :)
I'd never carry the OG Suspension, because of the aforementioned issues you stated(being some of my concerns also), but think it is a good "just in case" tool to leave in the car, work bag, drawers, etc. :)
Title: Re: Gerber suspension and other variant Club :-)
Post by: gerleatherberman on January 20, 2019, 02:17:05 AM
Suspension NXT accompanied the challenge Champ today. Good pair. :multi: :climber:

(http://i.imgur.com/YckLIyj.jpg)
Title: Re: Gerber suspension and other variant Club :-)
Post by: SirVicaLot on January 21, 2019, 12:14:24 AM
I like mine. Use it every time i do work around the house, and so far it has not let me down  :tu:

Today the large screwdriver was used as a pry bar to open some paint cans:

(https://i.ibb.co/jVKfr4j/20190120-113219.jpg) (https://ibb.co/1sVQm24)
Title: Re: Gerber suspension and other variant Club :-)
Post by: gerleatherberman on January 21, 2019, 03:04:04 AM
I like mine. Use it every time i do work around the house, and so far it has not let me down  :tu:

Today the large screwdriver was used as a pry bar to open some paint cans:

(https://i.ibb.co/jVKfr4j/20190120-113219.jpg) (https://ibb.co/1sVQm24)
Very nice! :like:
Welcome to MT.o!
Title: Re: Gerber suspension and other variant Club :-)
Post by: ddogu on January 21, 2019, 08:29:52 AM
So it's all the SAME tool with different names? What the smurf???  >:( ???
Title: Re: Gerber suspension and other variant Club :-)
Post by: SirVicaLot on January 22, 2019, 04:25:33 AM
I like mine. Use it every time i do work around the house, and so far it has not let me down  :tu:

Today the large screwdriver was used as a pry bar to open some paint cans:


Very nice! :like:
Welcome to MT.o!

Thank you!  :hatsoff: