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Powerlock 2.0 Official Review 4412

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Powerlock 2.0 Official Review
« on: August 20, 2008, 03:38:42 PM »
Alright folks, read it, critique it and let me know what it needs before heading off to the main site. I have read it over and it looks ok but since I typed it on another pc...printed it and then imported it via an OCR reader it might have some bugs in it.

The SOG Powerlock has been out for quite a while and has remained the company's flagship. SOG is a company that is slow to make changes in their tool line. They feel that what they make is darn good and they make changes to their products when they feel the time is right. SOG took a second look at their very popular Powerlock model, made a list of all the pros and cons they have noticed over the years and decided to give this old gal a facelift. Some of the things that SOG focused on with this remodel were the gears that drive the compound leverage of the pliers, new locking system for the tools and the ability to keep their tools from clumping when finding the tool you need.
The first thing you notice when handling the Powerlock 2.0 is the new plier head. SOG worked on a collaboration effort with Paladin tools to create a multitool line for the telecom industry. Those tools became a testing ground for what would become the new Powerlock design.

The new head design is longer than the original and features a longer wire cutter area. I don't see why SOG needed to make a larger surface area for their cutter, (the original ones worked fantastic and I think the longer ones are another feature left over from the Paladin tool series (wire stripping maybe?). The length of the head is odd to look at when your so use to seeing the normal Powerlock design, almost seems like it doesn't fit the tool. The ends of the pliers are not rounded like on the original. Instead they are tapered at an angle so that the pliers could be used as a dry wall punch. I don't need to punch a hole in a wall for running telecom cables much but it's a nice addition. The tapered point make it possible to use the pliers in a precise manner, the old Powerlock had a very large nose for what we call needle nose. Though different I am sure the new design will grow on me. The only thing I cannot wrap my head around is the crimper they have put on this tool. SOG this time around has opted for a style of crimper used for blasting caps used in EOD work. It's large and quite nasty looking: you won't be crimping any home electrical work with this bad boy. Maybe SOG accidentally fitted this one with an EOD head instead of the one it's supposed too. Who knows.





The main thing that put SOG on the map in the multitool industry was the introduction of their patented ''compound leverage" system. For those not familiar with this term; SOG tools have two pivots in its plier design versus the one "riveted" style you see on all modern multitools today. SOG found that creating a second pivot point you could double the amount of force being exerted by user. To make this work and smoothly I might add: the second pivot is run by two interlock gears. With this design you not only get exceptional power but your able to open the tool one handed. Even though compound leverage has been very popular and a major selling point for their multitool line it's not without its problems. When using the pliers the gear function works to your advantage and they are a plus for the user, when you close the tool and go to use a screwdriver you're greeted with the business end of the tool. Using a driver would cause the teeth to rotate and dig into your hand and be quite uncomfortable. Most folks who use this tool for very hard use wear gloves and have not had to endure this pain, us every day Joe's aren't so lucky. The Gears of Madness as I like to call them (because it's a love hate relationship) have finally been tamed, with yet another cross over from the Paladin series. SOG has now incorporated gear covers on their Powerlock 2.0 model, anyone can now use the tool without the aid of gloves and not have to have sore hands when they are done.



The last and greatest addition to the new Powerlock is yet another patented idea of SOG. they call them piano keys. What in the world are piano keys you ask ? (No not the ivory kind you find on a piano) The normal locking mechanism SOG used on the Powerlock was what we call a rocker lock. The lock has a pivot in the center and rides on a spring. The user presses on the end of the lock to engage or disengage a tool being used. SOG took this lock design that has been around for a while and made things a little more interesting. They took the regular lock and split it into separate smaller locks, this allows each tool to have spring tension on them so they act as an anti-clumping agent when accessing a tool and they allow you to lock one tool at a time. Ok; so the last idea sounds strange I agree. The springs/locks do indeed do their job at keeping the tools from clumping, so much to the point that it's hard to get some of the tools out. Because SOG makes their tools with the option for them to be modified by the user it wasn't possible to stagger or make nail nicks so each tool could be pulled out easily. It's another love hate relationship. SOG tools are the only ones on the market that you can customize to suit your need and not void your warrantee. To access some of the tools like the Phillips, awl, etc you have to grab a couple tools and stick the rest back in the handle. I think it was a slight oversight in design when creating the piano keys. Don't get me wrong, as far as new ideas go this is pretty neat and advanced for SOG. It just perhaps got rushed before it was entirely thought out.





Overall the Powerlock 2.0 as a package is a welcomed upgrade to the still popular Powerlock model. A lot of folks love their original and may not want to upgrade, but for those of us that like the new and different we can't wait to get our hands on it. I commend SOG on their efforts and think this is a step in the right direction for them. I would certainly love to see this design put on a smaller chassis like that of the Pocket Power Plier.
« Last Edit: August 26, 2008, 05:14:26 AM by DavidBinGA »
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Re: Powerlock 2.0 Official Review
« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2008, 03:57:25 PM »
ill put my opinion like this :gimme: :D
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Re: Powerlock 2.0 Official Review
« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2008, 04:30:00 PM »
Great review, David!  :cheers:

Maybe the wire cutting area is wider so that you can do things like cut telephone wires flush before inserting them into a RJ11 jack?

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Re: Powerlock 2.0 Official Review
« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2008, 04:54:56 PM »
Could be, maybe I will read the manual to the paladin tools if we have them on the encyclopedia.
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Re: Powerlock 2.0 Official Review
« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2008, 01:31:52 AM »
Great review!

I like my "old" Powerlock, but I would like to get one of these new plier heads and install it on the old chassis.

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Re: Powerlock 2.0 Official Review
« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2008, 08:45:23 PM »
Great review. But I'm in no hurry to upgrade my S62 model.
Besides, a little clumping never hurt anybody   :)
« Last Edit: August 22, 2008, 08:51:20 PM by edog »

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Re: Powerlock 2.0 Official Review
« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2008, 01:13:01 AM »
I have no problem with the old solid peice lock; this new piano lock system looks like it would get sand and gunk between the fingers easily..

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Re: Powerlock 2.0 Official Review
« Reply #7 on: August 23, 2008, 01:46:40 AM »
I really like the new PowerLock!

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Re: Powerlock 2.0 Official Review
« Reply #8 on: August 23, 2008, 02:30:08 AM »
I have no problem with the old solid peice lock; this new piano lock system looks like it would get sand and gunk between the fingers easily..

thats about the only minus-side i could too figure out,that the piano lock system has a lot more space to get dirt in.
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Re: Powerlock 2.0 Official Review
« Reply #9 on: August 23, 2008, 03:05:08 AM »
I agree with the sand and dirt issue, only time will tell if it becomes more hassle than it's worth. I was looking at the 2.0 again today thinking that the pliers (the one for grabbing nuts) is smaller that you would think with pliers that long, it's almost like they are going more needlenose and less combo variety (like all the leathermans) would I be wrong? I still want a one hand opening blade though!  :multi:
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Re: Powerlock 2.0 Official Review
« Reply #10 on: August 26, 2008, 05:03:56 AM »
David, great job and nice pictures!

As I was reading I noticed a couple typos, if it matters. I am not a typo or grammar Police Officer, just thought you might want to know since it's going to the main site as a review.


This part may have a typo in it ......
"one "riveted" style you see on all modem multitools today."

Should it read "modern multitools"?

And here:
"sore hands when they arc done."

Should it read "are done."?

Thanks for your work!
Mike

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Re: Powerlock 2.0 Official Review
« Reply #11 on: August 26, 2008, 05:12:37 AM »
That's what I get for using an OCR program and not being real thurough hehe thanks  :cheers:
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Re: Powerlock 2.0 Official Review
« Reply #12 on: August 26, 2008, 05:25:16 AM »
One thing I don't like about MT reviews is there aren't enough photos. For someone who has never handled the tool (nor it's precesssor) before sometimes I have no idea what is being talked about.
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Re: Powerlock 2.0 Official Review
« Reply #13 on: August 27, 2008, 04:42:54 PM »
More pictures?  No problem... I like pictures... :D

Maybe a short video too?  I find that helps a lot to show things that aren't easily explained in pictures...

Def

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Re: Powerlock 2.0 Official Review
« Reply #14 on: August 27, 2008, 05:53:00 PM »
IMO, videos are the way to go with multitool videos. I think that if on MT.O's main site we had video reviews than people would buy more multitools. They get to see how everything works, instead of just a picture!

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Re: Powerlock 2.0 Official Review
« Reply #15 on: August 27, 2008, 06:14:03 PM »
IMO, videos are the way to go with multitool videos.

You sure about that?  I kind of like those text videos myself! :P

Seriously, video will take a larger role here, but I don't want to leave those with slower internet connections in the dust either.

Def

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Re: Powerlock 2.0 Official Review
« Reply #16 on: August 27, 2008, 06:23:23 PM »
Like me :ahhh Stuck on dial up :( Videos are nigh on impossible to watch :( Long live text!! :D :D

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Re: Powerlock 2.0 Official Review
« Reply #17 on: August 30, 2008, 03:50:55 AM »
Nice review, I think I'll keep my old PL's for now.

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Re: Powerlock 2.0 Official Review
« Reply #18 on: August 31, 2008, 04:14:32 AM »
Quote
You sure about that?  I kind of like those text videos myself! Tongue

 :twak: I must have gotten side tracked!  ::) What I meant to say is " IMO videos are the way to go with multitool reviews!  :) "

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Re: Powerlock 2.0 Official Review
« Reply #19 on: September 13, 2008, 05:51:43 AM »
Do the new pliers have USA on them or is it just SOG SOG SOG SOG?

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Re: Powerlock 2.0 Official Review
« Reply #20 on: September 13, 2008, 03:04:02 PM »
SOG SOG SOG SOG  ::)
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Re: Powerlock 2.0 Official Review
« Reply #21 on: September 14, 2008, 07:35:18 PM »
How many times do you think they'll say SOG on powerlock 3.0? They quadrupled the number from 1.0 to 2.0.  ::)
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Re: Powerlock 2.0 Official Review
« Reply #22 on: September 14, 2008, 11:12:27 PM »
My guess is it'll look like their knife blades that have SOG SOG SOG SOG SOG SOG SOG.... all over them.

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Re: Powerlock 2.0 Official Review
« Reply #23 on: September 15, 2008, 12:28:08 PM »
IMO, videos are the way to go with multitool videos.

You sure about that?  I kind of like those text videos myself! :P

Seriously, video will take a larger role here, but I don't want to leave those with slower internet connections in the dust either.

Def

maybe you could have a separate section for just video's! with barn doors and disclaimers! :ahhh :D
(it would be nice)

Another Great review David! :salute:

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Re: Powerlock 2.0 Official Review
« Reply #24 on: September 16, 2008, 02:32:44 AM »
Nice review Dave :salute: like the pics as well :D Don't have any SOGs but I may have to start looking into them a little more closely now ;) :D
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Re: Powerlock 2.0 Official Review
« Reply #25 on: September 18, 2008, 08:50:53 PM »
You mentioned the large EOD blast cap crimper, and that it couldn't be used for normal tasks...  It appears from the picture that there is a normal crimper below the blast cap crimper, just like on my BO Powerlock.  Is that not the case?

- Terry

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