Loggerhead Immix 10X
« on: February 17, 2008, 09:20:53 PM »
I've been after one of these for awhile. It was mostly out of curiousity - the design doesn't seem like it would be very useful in my line of work. It took awhile, but I was finally able to find one at a deeply discounted price. MSRP is $59.95 on the Loggerhead Tools
Been playing around with it for a few days now. The construction is first rate. (Loggerhead bionic wrenches are made in the USA) And the design is kinda clever. More of a gee-whiz thing though really, as I can't imagine too many occasions where it will be helpful.
Top end on the wrench head is 9/16" (15mm) But in order to reach even this modest capacity the handles have to be spread far apart, limiting how much grip a person can get. And of course, there needs to be plenty of clearance around the bolt or nut in question.
Ten hex bits are included, and can be carried on board the Immix 10X (That's where the 10X name comes from) These bits can either be driven with the bionic wrench, or they can be driven with a hex receptacle in the far end. A magnet keeps the bits from falling free.
A couple of knife blades fold out from the other handle. One is a clip point, the other is a serrated sheepsfoot. Both look to be of decent quality, but I haven't used the tool enough yet to know how well they hold an edge. The knives are outside opening. Neither one locks open. They are comfortable to use, even attached to the big wrench body, which fit my hand surprisingly well.
I see on the Loggerhead website that the 10X is now sold with a "nickel finish." Maybe that means the originals with black oxide finish (like mine) tended to rust easily? Time will tell. They also sell a 20X model, with twenty hex bits, but no knife blades.
Where would these tools be useful? Maybe on a bicycle, with lots of protruding nuts and bolts, most of them smaller than 15mm. Hard to think of anywhere else. The tool comes with a nice nylon sheath. I'm going to carry it around for a few days and see if any good uses for it crop up. Ya' just never know.....