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Gerber Center Drive Club 17805

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Re: Gerber Center Drive Club
« Reply #390 on: January 24, 2020, 02:03:15 AM »
 :iagree: :like:
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Re: Gerber Center Drive Club
« Reply #391 on: January 24, 2020, 03:03:14 AM »
 :cheers: Thanks Ray!

Barry
New User Posts: 1
Re: Gerber Center Drive Club
« Reply #392 on: February 09, 2020, 08:42:31 PM »
Hello, here is my Centerdrive, with a couple of changes to work a little better for me. The last picture is without the pocket clip on it. The clip and scissors are from an old gerber suspension and I filed holes on the slide so it would lock closed. I use it as a screwdriver more than a pliers so it was helpful to have it lock closed.
 I am an FEC technician and some days I wear a pullover sweater so the gerber can go into my pocket with the clip and on days I do not wear the pullover, I remove the clip and put it in a sheath on my belt.
Zombie Apprentice Posts: 14,779
Re: Gerber Center Drive Club
« Reply #393 on: February 09, 2020, 11:26:45 PM »
Nice mods Scott and welcome aboard!  The Center Drive covers pretty much any situation you might encounter on a job site.

Barry
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Re: Gerber Center Drive Club
« Reply #394 on: February 09, 2020, 11:38:03 PM »
Nice Centerdrive!

Welcome aboard!

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Re: Gerber Center Drive Club
« Reply #395 on: February 10, 2020, 12:26:18 AM »
Nice mods, Scott; the clip in particular must make it a lot more accessible.  :like:
Gerber, are you watching?! THIS is how it should come from the factory!
 :pok:
Zombie Apprentice Posts: 14,779
Re: Gerber Center Drive Club
« Reply #396 on: February 10, 2020, 12:31:42 AM »
 :iagree:

Barry
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Re: Gerber Center Drive Club
« Reply #397 on: February 10, 2020, 04:29:40 AM »
 :iagree: X2
No Life Club Posts: 1,309
Re: Gerber Center Drive Club
« Reply #398 on: February 10, 2020, 07:31:46 AM »
Thanks to Kev (again) I've been able to examine a Centre Drive close up. I did a follow up post on the SOG PowerAccess and Syncs after I got to examine those close up, and now I can do the same with the Centre Drive.

Firstly the pliers. Kev said that he didn't think they looked very strong, but a side-by-side comparison with the Diesel showed that the construction looked solid enough for general use. I still think that the hollow spring opening construction and indexable inserts are a bad idea. These ruin what could have been a versatile and durable plier design for the reasons highlighted before. Also, the way the Centre Drive is put together, the plier heads cannot be readilly swapped with the far superior ones of the Diesel or MP600.

Secondly, the driver itself. This looks weak. I think if people start using these on heavier duty jobs such as rusted screws, we are going to be seeing broken drivers. Kev and I both agreed where the fracture point was likely to be on this. It is also LESS central (when considering both axes) than the Balance.

Cast pry tool - I still struggle to comprehend that professional tool makers would design such a thing. It's ugly, bulky, and I have no confidence in its durability. Something make from rolled plate would be stronger and thinner, leaving space for another function.

Overall, a heavier duty version of the Balance with full 1/4" hex capability would have made for a better tool. The Centre Drive is a nice looking tool, but genuinely strikes me as being less dependable for hard use than the MP600 and Diesel.

Kev, sorry to slate another of your tools buddy, and I hope it serves you better than I am anticipating. :salute: Gerber still maintains a place in my tool array with the Balance, MP400, 600, and Diesel, but the Center Drive will not be on my shopping list at any point.

 :iagree:
Zombie Apprentice Posts: 14,779
Re: Gerber Center Drive Club
« Reply #399 on: April 05, 2020, 03:43:05 AM »
Bump!  What are all those Center Drives doing out there?

Barry
Global Moderator Point Of No Return Posts: 36,507
Re: Gerber Center Drive Club
« Reply #400 on: April 05, 2020, 03:45:48 AM »
Bump!  What are all those Center Drives doing out there?

I've been using mine...       just never get any pics.   :facepalm:
Zombie Apprentice Posts: 14,779
Re: Gerber Center Drive Club
« Reply #401 on: April 05, 2020, 03:57:50 AM »
Same here Zoid.  I had to break mine out and use one of the Allen head bits to assemble my wife's swing the other day.  There's times that the Center Drive is the best tool I have.

Barry
Zombie Apprentice Posts: 13,896
Re: Gerber Center Drive Club
« Reply #402 on: April 05, 2020, 11:27:09 AM »
Your wife's... Swing?


Nevermind...

Buy now or regret later
Zombie Apprentice Posts: 14,779
Re: Gerber Center Drive Club
« Reply #403 on: April 05, 2020, 03:32:11 PM »
 :rofl:

Barry
Newbie Posts: 21 Tool Dabbler, Beer Dribbler
Re: Gerber Center Drive Club
« Reply #404 on: April 14, 2020, 10:48:50 PM »



Here is my just about EDC workhorse of choice for the past 9 months, a Center Drive Plus, carried in a RAE Gear sheath/holster. It replaced my previous EDC beast, a Leatherman Surge, which served me well for a couple of years before defenestrating itself from my pocket due to a wonky clip at a soccer park  :oops: . It took a bit of adjustment going from the classic butterfly-style of the Surge to the sliding OHO of the CD, but I've come to love it. I initially was concerned about the relatively limited toolset on the CD compared to the Surge, but that's kind of the point of the tool - do a few things really well. I found that tools I used the most on the Surge were, in rough order: plain-edged blade, bit driver, pliers, cap lifter, scissors, file, large flat driver (mostly as a scraper), serrated blade...and everything else very rarely. The Center Drive's...uhh...centered driver was what tipped the scales into trying the CD over simply replacing the Surge. I knew I'd miss the scissors probably the most from the Surge which is what drove me towards the CD+.


So far I haven't really regretted the decision at all. I do wish the fit and finish was a bit tighter on the Gerber (particularly in the plier head), but it ultimately hasn't effected the tool's functionality appreciably. My pliers are ever-so-slightly misaligned at the needle-nose, but I don't do much precision work that would suffer from this. The weird quirk of the extra bit holder preventing the user from really getting a tight grip at the tip is another unfortunate flaw, but again, doesn't effect my use much.


The scissors aren't anything to write home about (a little disappointing given Gerber's parent company) and I wish they would have provided a little nub or platform to prevent it from digging into your thumb on tougher materials, but they work well enough for snipping loose threads or quick paper trimming jobs.


The cap lifter/pry tool is an improvement over the Surge's combo can/bottle opener which always struggled to find purchase on a bottle cap. I haven't used the pry feature a ton, but it works great on small staples.


I took the inspiration of someone on this board during my lurking days (apologies for not remembering who) and sanded down the end of the file into a scraping tool which I've used quite a bit on errant caulk, grout, or dried-on food from my gaggle of children on just about every flat surface of my home. In a perfect world, the single cut side would be replaced with a diamond coating, but the cross-cut side is nice and aggressive for rougher jobs.


I haven't found a chance to use the awl yet, but holy hell is it sharp!


The biggest thing I missed initially was a pocket clip option. As someone crazy enough to prefer pocket clip carry for my old Surge, and averse to a bulky nylon/leather pouch on my belt I again took inspiration from someone here (maybe the same person) and tried the Nite-Ize HipClip. I tried the included adhesive strip but found that it started moving around after a week or two and eventually failed entirely. I then tried a two-part metal epoxy approach that worked for a few months until I dropped the tool and it shattered right off. I tried reapplying it and a few weeks later it popped loose in my pocket. Gun shy from my bad luck losing a Skeletool and the aforementioned Surge to pocket clip calamities, I knew I needed a better solution. I settled on the RAE Gear tactical sheath due to its inconspicuous design and lack of velcro/snaps/flaps. It also has a cool feature where if you pull the tool straight out of the sheath, the frame has a cutout that catches the locking slide on the CD and deploys the pliers as you pull. If you give the tool a slight twist as you pull it out, the pliers stay in place. Pretty clever. There are times where I still lament the lack of pocket clip for a more discrete carry as the RAE sheath's metal frame has occasionally snagged on clothing or scraped up against things. I'm tempted to look into the clip mod I saw above as an option.


Overall I'm pretty happy with the CD+ and find myself flicking the pliers open as a fidget all the time. It's a nice outlet for all the tension/nervous energy I'm sure a lot of us are feeling right now :ahhh . So anyway, this is my Center Drive(+). There are many like it, but this one is mine.  :multi:
Zombie Apprentice Posts: 14,779
Re: Gerber Center Drive Club
« Reply #405 on: April 15, 2020, 12:06:42 AM »
They're put together like a GI 45, but they definitely get the job done.  I love mine!

Barry
Zombie Apprentice Posts: 14,779
Re: Gerber Center Drive Club
« Reply #406 on: April 25, 2020, 12:28:08 PM »
 :2tu:

Barry

 

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