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Leatherman SIDEKICK / WINGMAN Owners Club

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00 Offline mcrow

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Re: Leatherman SIDEKICK / WINGMAN Owners Club
Reply #870 on: November 01, 2019, 04:03:56 PM
What do they do to the wingmans that give them such a bad rep?

Ive heard very little bad things about the Sidekick (I own one) but so much about the wingman
It’s puzzling to me. Only problem I had with my Wingman is a broken knife tip due to me using it out of advisable usage purposes.

Had mine since they were released and love it.


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Re: Leatherman SIDEKICK / WINGMAN Owners Club
Reply #871 on: November 01, 2019, 04:58:29 PM
It happens mcrow  :rofl:

Just yesterday my coworker and I used our bottle opener on our wave + and surges to turn a very fat flathead looking screwhead.  :tu:


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Re: Leatherman SIDEKICK / WINGMAN Owners Club
Reply #872 on: November 13, 2019, 03:54:12 AM
I loved my Wingman until my knife decided to break.
Didn't use it in ages but I'm about to get a s30V blade what should fix my biggest issue with this tool.  :D


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Re: Leatherman SIDEKICK / WINGMAN Owners Club
Reply #873 on: November 13, 2019, 03:52:00 PM
Wow, but a least its under warranty!

Yep!  Interestingly enough, I bought this one brand new from Home Depot when they were on winter clearance a few years back, paid all of $8 for it! 

I opened it while playing MT with my youngest... we like to just hold them and open and close them and he switches and trades with me (he's 2).  He can't physically open the blades, so biggest safety concern is plier-ing himself (or me).  But we opened the Wingman (which honestly, sits most of the time) and snapZILLA!  Repaired or replaced unit should be here Thursday.

What do they do to the wingmans that give them such a bad rep?

Ive heard very little bad things about the Sidekick (I own one) but so much about the wingman

Should be identical in terms of quality and production. I mean, they change out 3 tools- scissors/saw, serrated blade/pkg opener, and main blade.  All else is the same except for the stamped name on the side.  Should be no difference at all.  It may just be that there are more Wingmans sold than Sidekicks, people love their scissors!

I do have to say... the Sidekick was my first personal Leatherman tool.  It was gifted to me by my brother some years ago.  They were still about $35-40 at the time.  My only other exposure to MT's was a SAK Classic and a Pioneer, and my dad's original Super Tool.

I did know that the SK was LM's "entry-level" tool... the one for people who weren't multitool people, maybe to get you introduced to them.  Given that, I knew that it was not indicative of the quality of their higher end tools (that I never thought I'd be able to afford or own).   I used the crap out of that first Sidekick.  It was a FANTASTIC tool and continues to be.  Never a shortcoming with it at all. 

That specific, first one I've sort of retired being sentimental to me now.  I have another Sidekick that I recently disassembled... just playing around.  I made it more like the new T2/T4 tools with a plain edge blade and moved the flat and phillps driver to the same arm.  Left the arm as a standalone tool with pocket clip.  I made a pocket knife with two drivers, basically.  Again, just tinkering.. wanted to see if it could be done.  Yep.


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Re: Leatherman SIDEKICK / WINGMAN Owners Club
Reply #874 on: February 21, 2020, 09:43:00 AM
Well, i am too a satisfied owner of a wingman. I bought it to be part of a combo. It works very well with the victorinox locksmith. The needlenose and regular pliers suit my needs and the scissors are more than decent. Can't say i use the rest of the tools more than the ones of the locksmith, except the flat screwdriver, see photo. When i bought this pair i considered functionality, price and weight compared to a single tool. Combos work better for me.
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Re: Leatherman SIDEKICK / WINGMAN Owners Club
Reply #875 on: February 21, 2020, 12:45:12 PM
Welcome to :MTO: Edi :cheers: Sorry if I have already welcomed you before but I am not sure so I did anyways :D Sounds like a great combo and I also like tool combos as well :tu: :like:


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Re: Leatherman SIDEKICK / WINGMAN Owners Club
Reply #876 on: February 21, 2020, 01:02:26 PM
Thank you! I did forget to write that i like the spring type pliers on the wingman very, very much   :D
Btw, i forgot to ask/check: what's the max resolution permitted for the pics?


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Re: Leatherman SIDEKICK / WINGMAN Owners Club
Reply #877 on: February 21, 2020, 08:24:05 PM
Not sure about the res but max file size is 512 kb :salute: Or if you use a photo hosting site like Imgur or Flickr then you can use full res images :tu:


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Re: Leatherman SIDEKICK / WINGMAN Owners Club
Reply #878 on: September 06, 2021, 04:56:24 PM
This thread hasn't had a :bump: in a while  :cheers:



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Re: Leatherman SIDEKICK / WINGMAN Owners Club
Reply #879 on: September 06, 2021, 10:37:27 PM
Great shot Poncho.  :tu:
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Re: Leatherman SIDEKICK / WINGMAN Owners Club
Reply #880 on: September 07, 2021, 12:16:49 AM
Thanks Gareth :hatsoff:


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Re: Leatherman SIDEKICK / WINGMAN Owners Club
Reply #881 on: November 18, 2021, 10:54:54 PM
Would a Wingman be able to take in the plier head of a wave/charge v1?


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Re: Leatherman SIDEKICK / WINGMAN Owners Club
Reply #882 on: November 18, 2021, 11:08:26 PM
Would a Wingman be able to take in the plier head of a wave/charge v1?

I've never tried but looking at them side by side they actually might. 

I've never much liked the sprung head in the Sidekick so this sounds like a great idea.  :tu:
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Re: Leatherman SIDEKICK / WINGMAN Owners Club
Reply #883 on: November 19, 2021, 01:58:00 AM
I've never tried but looking at them side by side they actually might. 

I've never much liked the sprung head in the Sidekick so this sounds like a great idea.  :tu:

Thanks Gareth!

I like the load of the Wingman it’s just that the pliers don’t really work for me — the don’t seem to want to cut into anything properly.  I found this old wave/charge plierhead and was thinking if it would be feasible to bring some fresh air into the Wingman.

For some strange reason, assembling something to resemble a Curl is cheaper here than actually buying a Curl on retail.


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Re: Leatherman SIDEKICK / WINGMAN Owners Club
Reply #885 on: November 20, 2021, 01:12:03 AM
 :tu:


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Re: Leatherman SIDEKICK / WINGMAN Owners Club
Reply #886 on: November 20, 2021, 05:30:00 PM
Be excellent to each other and always know where your towel is.


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Re: Leatherman SIDEKICK / WINGMAN Owners Club
Reply #887 on: November 20, 2021, 05:34:34 PM
Thanks guys  :cheers:


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Re: Leatherman SIDEKICK / WINGMAN Owners Club
Reply #888 on: November 21, 2021, 01:45:18 AM
Would a Wingman be able to take in the plier head of a wave/charge v1?

Only problem I see is that the holes for the barrel screws are the same on both ends of the Wingman/SideKick platform but the Wave/Charge ones are larger on the plier head end than the other end :think: Might fill the plier head holes in with a softer metal and then redrill them to have a smaller diameter hole that would take the screws of the Wingman without a wobble :salute:


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Re: Leatherman SIDEKICK / WINGMAN Owners Club
Reply #890 on: November 29, 2021, 02:45:10 PM
 :oops: :think:

I have no idea how this happened while I was opening the tool.


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Re: Leatherman SIDEKICK / WINGMAN Owners Club
Reply #891 on: November 29, 2021, 03:04:51 PM
Only problem I see is that the holes for the barrel screws are the same on both ends of the Wingman/SideKick platform but the Wave/Charge ones are larger on the plier head end than the other end :think: Might fill the plier head holes in with a softer metal and then redrill them to have a smaller diameter hole that would take the screws of the Wingman without a wobble :salute:

Thanks for the words of caution. All the while I thought it was just a drop-in.


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Re: Leatherman SIDEKICK / WINGMAN Owners Club
Reply #892 on: November 29, 2021, 03:18:12 PM
:oops: :think:

I have no idea how this happened while I was opening the tool.

 :ahhh :ahhh :ahhh

No idea either ??? :ahhh Guess you have to take it apart to fix that? :o


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Re: Leatherman SIDEKICK / WINGMAN Owners Club
Reply #893 on: November 29, 2021, 03:19:01 PM
Thanks for the words of caution. All the while I thought it was just a drop-in.

Well you will be for certain about the pivots on the plier end if you have to take it apart to fix it :salute: :o


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Re: Leatherman SIDEKICK / WINGMAN Owners Club
Reply #894 on: November 29, 2021, 09:29:58 PM
 This was a good platform and it's sad Leatherman went in the opposite direction cutting and removing features(Rev/Bolster) when if they would have expanded on this platform they could have something really fantastic for EDC.


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Re: Leatherman SIDEKICK / WINGMAN Owners Club
Reply #895 on: November 30, 2021, 03:38:17 AM
:ahhh :ahhh :ahhh

No idea either ??? :ahhh Guess you have to take it apart to fix that? :o

Managed to untangle it without disassembly. Surprisingly the key was something like an odd angle of the opposite plier pivot- not the stuck one. I swear it was crazy! Good thing it happened at home and not in the field.


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Re: Leatherman SIDEKICK / WINGMAN Owners Club
Reply #896 on: November 30, 2021, 03:44:51 AM
Glad you were able to fix it :cheers: :tu:


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Re: Leatherman SIDEKICK / WINGMAN Owners Club
Reply #897 on: November 30, 2021, 05:25:13 AM
Managed to untangle it without disassembly. Surprisingly the key was something like an odd angle of the opposite plier pivot- not the stuck one. I swear it was crazy! Good thing it happened at home and not in the field.

Good to hear and glad it wasn't complicated! :2tu:


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Re: Leatherman SIDEKICK / WINGMAN Owners Club
Reply #898 on: December 01, 2021, 07:57:51 AM
Fresh off the table. I haven’t even had the chance to wipe clean the tools I used.

How I wish I can come across a plier head that I can simply drop into the Wingman.

Anyway, the mod here isn’t 100% perfect.  A <1mm portion of the tip of the bit holder comes in contact with <1mm of the plier tip. 

I think this gives extra value to the Wingman.  Yeah, it adds a little extra cost since I bought the bit holder separately.  Wish I had an awl to add on to this. I honestly don’t have the tools to grind something into an awl.

I’m doing the Rebar challenge now so I can’t comment on how this tool holds up. I’ll probably give feedback next month.


Edit: as it is, all in all, this Wingman with bit driver still costs half of what a Curl costs down here. And all I’m missing is an awl….

Edit 2:  I can easily replace the PE blade with the saw and now I’ll have a bladeless Wingman.


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Re: Leatherman SIDEKICK / WINGMAN Owners Club
Reply #899 on: December 01, 2021, 12:07:54 PM
Excellent bit of mod work,  Zephon  :salute: :like: :like:


 

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