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Poweraccess question
on: May 24, 2017, 12:19:24 AM
If I want to tighten or loosen the tool groups on my Poweraccess, what bits are required?  One side looks like a conventional hex bit, but the opposite side looks different.  Thanks in advance.........


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Re: Poweraccess question
Reply #1 on: May 24, 2017, 01:42:16 AM
Any other SOG I would be able to help. I have not seen or messed with one of the new ones in person. Hopefully some of the ones here that do have one will be able to help you.
If it is anything like the PowerLocks or PowerAssist, it should be the same on both sides.
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Re: Poweraccess question
Reply #2 on: May 24, 2017, 03:00:53 AM
the one side looks like it might have a pin in the center, sorta like a security torx bit, only not torx.  But it's pretty tiny, and the old eyes ain't what they once were.


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Re: Poweraccess question
Reply #3 on: May 24, 2017, 04:34:16 AM
I can't figure our what it takes either, and I need to tighten it down a bit. Frustrating that they couldn't just choose a typical sized torx and call it good.

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Re: Poweraccess question
Reply #4 on: May 24, 2017, 05:39:14 AM
I just checked mine. All are T8. I adjusted mine yesterday.
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Re: Poweraccess question
Reply #5 on: May 24, 2017, 01:27:10 PM
thanks.......like I said: eyes not what they used to be.


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Re: Poweraccess question
Reply #6 on: May 24, 2017, 05:01:46 PM
Mine are odd. My PowerAccess has a normal Hex head that accepts 2mm, 3/64" & T8 torx bits.But there is another indention inside the bolt that accepts T6 torx bits. Very weird.
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Re: Poweraccess question
Reply #7 on: May 24, 2017, 06:21:37 PM
Weirdo PowerAccess pivot screws:



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All 8 pivot posts/screws are like this.
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Re: Poweraccess question
Reply #8 on: May 24, 2017, 06:41:56 PM
Looks like you can use two different sizes in the screw head.
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Re: Poweraccess question
Reply #9 on: May 24, 2017, 07:04:50 PM
Made me curious, had to check mine. This must be a change in manufacturing as mine has only 3 that accept T6.  :think:  One on the key ring attachment, but not the other side; and both on the pocket clip (upper & lower).
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Re: Poweraccess question
Reply #10 on: May 25, 2017, 10:23:36 AM
I don't think they're designed to fit T-anything.  It looks like a standard (imperial/inch size) hex socket that hasn't been formed cleanly.  The smaller hex that's visible at the bottom of the hole is just the remains of the material forced down as part of the broaching process that's used to make the hex.


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Re: Poweraccess question
Reply #11 on: May 25, 2017, 01:26:10 PM
I wrote toSog and they said to use either a T-6 or T-8 torx bit.  All I have in that size is a Leatherman double ended flat bit, and it seems to be a poor fit.  Anyone here tried a conventional Torx bit, either T-6 or T-8?


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Re: Poweraccess question
Reply #12 on: May 25, 2017, 01:42:36 PM
Weirdo PowerAccess pivot screws:

Closeup:
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All 8 pivot posts/screws are like this.

That closeup looks weird. It should not be like that, I'm sure.
Its like allen screw gone wrong.
Its like they tried to make it torx later on, but failed.
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Re: Poweraccess question
Reply #13 on: May 26, 2017, 07:23:02 PM
Weirdo PowerAccess pivot screws:

Closeup:
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All 8 pivot posts/screws are like this.

That closeup looks weird. It should not be like that, I'm sure.
Its like allen screw gone wrong.
Its like they tried to make it torx later on, but failed.
 :think:
Based on SOG's response to tonyg, it looks like it was very intentional. T-6 & T-8 are very different sizes, so there's no way it was an accident. Torx drivers are also designed to fit into standard Hex Head screws. So a T8 torx driver will work as a substitute for a 3/32" Allen head. Keep in mind that my PowerAcess is a bit dirty, which is why the screw looks so odd. The bolts are in reality very well formed.

Also, in the above comment I made I made two typos, the bits that fit were 3/32" and 2.5mm, not 3/64" & 2mm hex.
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Re: Poweraccess question
Reply #14 on: August 02, 2017, 01:22:46 AM
Aside from the odd torx/hex head, did you guys do anything else to unscrew it?  Like use a lighter on it to melt superglue or any of that?  I'm more afraid of stripping the screws.....


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Re: Poweraccess question
Reply #15 on: August 05, 2017, 12:23:22 AM
Heating it with a lighter to loosen any loctite on it would be helpful, but i've never needed it, nor have i had any trouble with stripping the screws on my SOGs, Leathermans, or Gerbers
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Re: Poweraccess question
Reply #16 on: August 05, 2017, 02:13:33 PM
Thanks for the tips! I was able to adjust the plier side pivots of my PowerAccess. I can flip it open easier now. I used the T8 bit of my SAK CT41 and a USD3 driver bit set from a novelty gift shoppe.

It went so smoothly that I'm left craving for extra tools to replace the file in the PowerAccess.

Yes, I left the pocket clip on and Yes, it can flip ala balisong now.


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Re: Poweraccess question
Reply #17 on: August 07, 2017, 03:33:55 AM
Have you guys added/swapped any of the tools of the PowerAccess?  Maybe like give it scissors or wood saw....or anything to replace the 3-sided file?

Did you have a donor tool?  Are the PowerAccess handles too thin to accommodate standard SOG spare implements?  Thanks!


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Re: Poweraccess question
Reply #18 on: August 11, 2017, 09:07:27 PM
I haven't gotten around to it yet, but I plan to. Im not sure anything will drop in, because the locking area of the PowerAccess is much wider than other multitools. You could use standard SOG or Leatherman parts it if you have a Dremel, or even files, but you would have to reshape the locking area.
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Re: Poweraccess question
Reply #19 on: January 16, 2023, 11:54:56 PM
If I want to tighten or loosen the tool groups on my Poweraccess, what bits are required?  One side looks like a conventional hex bit, but the opposite side looks different.  Thanks in advance.........
I’m working on the same issue, my poweracess screw removal. I had no issue with one side on the top right but the top left with the pocket clip on it… another story. The Wiha T8 holds no problem but I have slipping issues (not stripped yet) with craftsman T8, Lexivon, and a nice little set that came with driver and mini hex bits by the brand Nanch, the T8 slipped on that also, another high end bit driver that I love, I’m not sure what brand bits it came with but that T8 slipped too.

I’m going to buy another set of Wiha which before I purchased my first set I read forums on stripped screws and Wiha had great reviews, even for stripped screws. They’re made in Germany and you can get a decent set for $20 on amazon.

My last chance if I want to attempt this again is use the Leatherman bits that came with my Charge which had a bit set and options on the Leatherman site to buy a larger set of bits also.

We’ll see what happens, I didn’t try heating it to loosen the lock-tight like i read above but that may work. All i was trying to do was see if I could loosen & tighten the pocket clip a little and it’s nice to know you can work on your tools, so it’s not 100% necessary just frustrating.

Last thing, thanks for the info on writing SOG and getting a response although a T6 would defiantly be spinning like top in my screws.

Good luck everyone with our SOG Power-access’ which is one good looking multi tool and works well, I also bought the delux too.


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