I want a Surge TTi... Also with ST replaceable wire cutters. That's all
Welcome, casino implosion Great intro post. Nice to hear thoughts on real every day use in different jobs. I think you'd love the LM Charge ALX. It's Wave sized, so the pliers aren't as strong as on the Surge but still do a very good job. And it has two bit drivers instaid of the scissors and both the file and saw on board.I carry a phillips/flathead on one side and an hex bit on the other.
Structural ironworker here carrying LM tools for work purposes.For years I carried the Crunch at work, but I always had Wave file/saw envy, so when I finally lost the Crunch off the side of a high rise I upgraded to a Surge. I've been carrying it at work for a couple months now, bit kit and all, and..I love it but I wish it was a little more like the Wave. The size and weight are no problem for me. I'm 6-5 and my toolbelt already weighs about 25 lbs, more with an 8lb beater with a sawed off handle in one bolt bag. I love the large pliers. They cut nine wire with ease and have enough strength to break a jammed 11/16ths drill bit loose when stuck in rebar in a concrete wall, act as a backup key to remove a jammed angle grinder collet or unstick a stubborn flashback arrestor fitting.I've even come to like the scissors which I regarded as a frippery when I first got the tool. I just used them the other day to cut a cardboard template for some quick field fabrication that needed cutting complex curves in 6-inch steel pipe.My problem with the Surge is that, nice as the bit kit and removable saw/file system is, in my work I just can't stop to fiddle components out of a pack in my belt and swap them into the tool. Everything is always in a hurry, usually up in the air, and my eyesight isn't what it used to be. I want the file, or the saw (both of which I use constantly) NOW. I can't be going "wait, hold on guys, I'll get that, hang on a sec, gotta get this saw blade out...darn it...ok...don't drop it now...gotta get the file back in the sheath...any day now!"I need to yank out the tool, open it, and have everything I need ready to go. I'm always using the philips head screwdriver and the 5mm allen key and with the Surge I have to switch back and forth between these bits.So my ideal Surge would ditch the useless eyeglass-screwdriver bit holder for another bit driver, or a dedicated Philips screwdriver...or at the very least give me a bit with a philips head on one side and an allen key on the other; and give me a dedicated saw AND file, or even better, two dedicated exchangeable saw/file holders for replacing worn blades. Not sure how all this would fit together...I guess that's what the genius engineers at LM are for.Naturally, I actually needed the eyeglass tool a couple of months ago, at my mom's house, for her glasses...and the tool was of course on my work belt in a gangbox somewhere.My theory is that LM does things like putting that ridiculous mini-bit driver on a SUrge to keep us all just a little bit dissatisfied so that we'll keep searching for the perfect tool.Anyway, my Surge-at-work experiment is drawing to a close and I think I'm probably going to the Wave. I'll keep the Surge in my backpack that I take on bike trips and keep it around the house.
I would love to see the 3-sided replaceable cutter blade on the Surge, as seen on the Gerbers, but I'd imagine it's all locked down by patents.
Wonder who (here) will be the first to acquire a Surge with the removable wire cutters?
Has anyone cut a coat hanger with his Surge? (regular cutters)
LM have removed the mention of removable wire cutters from the Surge description on their web site (of course that might mean that someone jumped the gun and they will put it back in after they announce it officially at ShotShow).Alternatively it was just a plain, old-fashioned mistake and LM have no (current) intentions to make a factory Surge300 ........
Has anyone cut a coat hanger with his Surge? (regular cutters)I think if it can cut a coat hanger without denting, then I will just keep mine..
Quote from: Smaug on January 15, 2013, 02:42:08 AMHas anyone cut a coat hanger with his Surge? (regular cutters)I think if it can cut a coat hanger without denting, then I will just keep mine..I have. I've also done it with my Juice pliers no problem.
Ahhh my Surge!!! I just saw the Leatherman video from Shot Show 2013 and I see they are changing the Surge to have the replaceable wire cutters and adding a tension bar to the blade changer to hold any hardware store t-shank blade without wobble. If it weren't so unethical I would try to break my Surge so that I could get a replacement - but I won't. I may have to sell it on the bay though so that I can replace it.
Quote from: Multiple Personality on January 21, 2013, 12:44:04 AMAhhh my Surge!!! I just saw the Leatherman video from Shot Show 2013 and I see they are changing the Surge to have the replaceable wire cutters and adding a tension bar to the blade changer to hold any hardware store t-shank blade without wobble. If it weren't so unethical I would try to break my Surge so that I could get a replacement - but I won't. I may have to sell it on the bay though so that I can replace it.Cannot sell mine, is personally engraved. Hope that Leatherman allows us the ability to have our tools upgraded even if for a small fee for the service.Breaking tools deliberately to get a replacement leads down the dark path of bad karma.
Did I dream this or are they also going to exclusively fixed screwdrivers on the Surge? Or...getting rid of the awl?Please tell me I had a nightmare, yes??I love my Surge too and Leatherman design in general. However, there's still a lot of room for improvement - well, here and there.