Re: Review: Surge vs Charge ALX vs New Wave
« Reply #38 on: March 06, 2011, 07:12:35 AM »
I am using the Surge as my EDC and lately (temporarily) I am also carrying the Supertool 300.
I find the bigger tool better for heavy jobs and the pliers are stronger.
The scissors is a must on a multitool (unless you carry the Micra with you as well). The scissors on the Surge is bigger and stronger than the one on the Wave.
I agree with the fact that I would have liked the Saw and File simultaneously on the tool. However I now also carry two Bosch steel cutting jigsaw blades as it also fit into the blade changer and this is so nice. I can now also cut a nail of or something hard in that moment of need where nothing else is available.
The small screw driver that seems to be useless: I use mine regularly. I use it for my spectacle's nose rest, to remove it for deep cleaning purposes or replacement. I use it regularly to undo cable ties and use it again. I am a police officer and the big handcuff cable ties are expensive so I re-use it a couple of times. Recently I had to remove a broken front part of a vehicle's boot key from the lock. I used the small bit in the process. When I installed (re-installed) irrigation last week (Hunter pop-ups), I used the small driver to remove filth from the jet screw (which is in fact a stainless grub screw, head-less). For this little bit I have plenty of use.
The Surge also features bigger blades than the smaller tools. This comes in handy with the serrated blade as I use this regularly to cut straps and nylon pipes.
I own both the Wave and the Surge and my preferences go towards the bigger tools. Weight is no factor for me as I am use a pockits pouch and I carry the following in there:
Led Lenzer P5 flashlight
Leatherman Universal tool adapter
Surge pouch with saw blade + 2 X Bosch blades
Leatherman bit kit (both bit cards - full)
A handmade drill / awl
With this setup I can do a lot.
I agree the Wave / Charge can do the same, as I have seen there are hacksaw blades that were grounded to be fitted to the clip's slot.
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