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Crescent Toolzall Electrician Pro 10898

Global Moderator Just Bananas Posts: 61,821
Crescent Toolzall Electrician Pro
« on: November 25, 2008, 04:31:35 AM »
Well the first review wasn't that bad so I thought I would try another.  Any input is greatly appreciated. Some of the pics turned out a little better (different background). So here goes.


Where to begin? Except for the Leatherman Squirt E4 I believe that this may be the only tool I know of with a wire stripping tool head.
The tool itself


This tool is a Bear and Son Cutlery Bear Jaws Electrician that has been rebranded by Crescent to a Toolzall Electrician Pro.

This is a 4 inch tool with a wire stipping head. The tools in it are as follow it has a serrated/plain blade combo, 2 straight screwdrivers, a phillips head screwdriver, a file, a saw, a can/bottle opener, a ruler and a lanyard ring (if you count that?) and all the tools lock and are outside opening which is a very good thing.  The handles are also very comfortable to use when using the wire stripping head.  Good solid tool with solid design.

The Plier head



Let's start by talking about the wire stripping head. The tool specifically says to only cut copper with it. It has a wire cutter as with any standard plier based multi.  It can strip wire from 10 gauge down to 20 gauge or 2.6 mm to 0.80 mm wire.  Two hole that it says are for bending wire and on the tip has a small tip that can be used as pliers.

The blade

 

The blade that comes with the EP is a combo serrated/plain edge knife blade. Personally I don't care for this type of blade.  It seems to be the only blade that they put on any of there tools that only have 1 blade in them.  It can handle most cutting tasks and I guess that is what they are going for(the most versatility). The problem is it is only a mediocre blade for both types of cutting.  But as I said it is a serviceable tool.

The screwdrivers



The EP has 2 straight drivers and 1 phillips head driver.  The 2 straight drivers are nothing special they get the job done as most drivers of this type do, but the phillips driver is very well built and has a very good tip on the end. I like the phillips on this tool it seems to be a very good quality driver.

The file



Now to the file. It is a three sided file with smooth on 1 side and course on the other side. Since it is a Crescent brand tool one would think that it should have a Nicholson file on it since they are both owned by the same company. This is not the case though. The file is fine don't get me wrong it can be used for most filing applications, but for me though I like a little more filing surface it goes to the tip which is a plus, but doesn't go very far down the body itself.

The saw



Well back on a good note. The saw is a tool that shines in this multi.  It is a very aggressive cutting saw (it has fewer teeth than typical Leatherman/Vic saws which means more aggressive) that cuts on both a push and pull stroke.  Very effective cutting tool.

The can/bottle opener



The can/bottle opener is pretty much a standard design. It seems as though it would be capable of opening can and bottles pretty much the same as a Leatherman or Vic SAK.

The ruler



The ruler has both standard and metric measurement's each are on there respective sides and seems to be engraved very well.

The lanyard ring



I don't know if you count it or not but it's there it is a fold out type lanyard ring that takes up a space in my opinion.  I would have preferred to have seen another tool in it's place perhaps an awl. Some people like them so they put them in I guess.

Locking Tabs


All the tools lock in this model, the odd thing is how they came up to unlock them.  You can always unlock them the same way as you do the Super Tool but they have these little flaps that stick out on each side that you push in when you have a tool out and want to unlock it.  It works effectively but when the tool is closed they stick out a bit.  Just seems like an odd way to unlock tools.

Pros

I like the tool overall it has several useful tools.  The plier head is something not normally seen on a multi and they put it in there with very little problem.  It is very robust, smooth opening, plus all tools are outside opening and it seems built like a tank.  In my opinion it is a great tool.

Cons

The knife blade seems only semi useful (of course this is only my opinion) and the unlock tabs get in the way a bit.  The file is also lacking a bit of filing surface. Plus it also suffers from tool clumping

That's my two cents worth thanks for reading. I will take advice so please if you see something wrong tell me.  The pics are a little better this time at least I think.
« Last Edit: November 25, 2008, 04:49:17 AM by Poncho65 »
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Re: Crescent Toolzall Electrician Pro
« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2008, 04:53:04 AM »
Nice review. I'd love to see more tools with wire-stripper heads like that. :tu:
Global Moderator Just Bananas Posts: 61,821
Re: Crescent Toolzall Electrician Pro
« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2008, 04:55:12 AM »
Nice review. I'd love to see more tools with wire-stripper heads like that. :tu:

I know go figure why there aren't any other full sized tools with that type of head ??? Maybe they don't think that it would sell or something :(
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Re: Crescent Toolzall Electrician Pro
« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2008, 04:57:16 AM »
That's a nifty tool! Thanks for the review.  :cheers:

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Re: Crescent Toolzall Electrician Pro
« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2008, 07:23:08 AM »
Nice review there, the pictures did come out better. I need to work on my pics as well.  :cheers:
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Re: Crescent Toolzall Electrician Pro
« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2008, 07:44:26 AM »
Nice one mate :), you seem to be getting a knack for this :tu:

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Re: Crescent Toolzall Electrician Pro
« Reply #6 on: November 25, 2008, 08:05:49 AM »
Your tool is so different from mine!

I have the same model, Bear & Son branded.

I don't have the unlocking tool tabs.

Also, I have the combo edge blade, but I also have a serrated sheepsfoot instead of the saw.  I want a saw!

And, even after sending it in to get it worked on, my pliers head is still really loose. They might have ground down the screw that kept it from fully closing, but they didn't tighten it.

Sigh. I really wanted to love this tool.

Fan of the Leatherman mini-bit driver and the Vic backspring philips.
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Re: Crescent Toolzall Electrician Pro
« Reply #7 on: November 25, 2008, 10:33:18 AM »
Nice job. Does that tool come with a Crimper? If so I think it is a great little design and a  great tool!

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Re: Crescent Toolzall Electrician Pro
« Reply #8 on: November 25, 2008, 08:17:56 PM »
Interesting tool that.  :)

Thanks for the review.  :tu:

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Global Moderator Just Bananas Posts: 61,821
Re: Crescent Toolzall Electrician Pro
« Reply #9 on: November 26, 2008, 12:33:44 AM »
Your tool is so different from mine!

I have the same model, Bear & Son branded.

I don't have the unlocking tool tabs.

Also, I have the combo edge blade, but I also have a serrated sheepsfoot instead of the saw.  I want a saw!

And, even after sending it in to get it worked on, my pliers head is still really loose. They might have ground down the screw that kept it from fully closing, but they didn't tighten it.

Sigh. I really wanted to love this tool.

So do the tools lock or not? Yeah the saw is one of the better tools in it :-\ Sorry to say I haven't used it enough to tell if the head is gonna become loose in time if it does I'll let you know :tu:
Global Moderator Just Bananas Posts: 61,821
Re: Crescent Toolzall Electrician Pro
« Reply #10 on: November 26, 2008, 12:35:52 AM »
Nice job. Does that tool come with a Crimper? If so I think it is a great little design and a  great tool!

Sorry to say unless it is a poorly cast one in the plier head similar to the Super Tool's I can't really tell.  I suppose you could use it as a crimper though, but it being an electrician tool they should have incorporated one :-\.  Other than that it is a great tool :tu:
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Re: Crescent Toolzall Electrician Pro
« Reply #11 on: November 26, 2008, 08:20:38 AM »
Nice one Ponch   :tu:  :salute:  :D


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Re: Crescent Toolzall Electrician Pro
« Reply #12 on: November 26, 2008, 12:34:05 PM »
Another fine write up Poncho!  8)


I too would like to see this type of plier head used on more multitools. Maybe a more modern version of it would be better. The Electrician Bear Jaws is still listed on their site, but it has been around for a long while.

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Re: Crescent Toolzall Electrician Pro
« Reply #13 on: November 26, 2008, 09:54:55 PM »
Excellent review. Poncho!

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Re: Crescent Toolzall Electrician Pro
« Reply #14 on: November 27, 2008, 06:49:04 PM »
I have the earlier version of that tool the PST type one. Also does your wire strippers have a lot of play? Mine have a lot compared to my Radio Shack Leatherman.

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Re: Crescent Toolzall Electrician Pro
« Reply #15 on: November 27, 2008, 09:52:53 PM »
Nice tool, I have the exact same one.  Re-wired my garage with this and it was a solid performer.
I didn't like how the release tabs protruded from the closed tool so I filed them down at the point where they contact the lock and now they sit flush with the handles. 
Apparently Cresent made another version of this which included a robertson (square drive) screwdriver.  I tried locating one but couldn't find any.

great review.
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Re: Crescent Toolzall Electrician Pro
« Reply #16 on: November 27, 2008, 09:55:24 PM »
Welcome to the forum mate :)

Give in, buy several Farmer's!!!!!!
Global Moderator Just Bananas Posts: 61,821
Re: Crescent Toolzall Electrician Pro
« Reply #17 on: November 28, 2008, 02:50:44 AM »
Welcome to the forum mate :)

What he said :D Welcome :tu:
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Re: Crescent Toolzall Electrician Pro
« Reply #18 on: November 28, 2008, 04:44:38 AM »
Welcome.  :tu:
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Re: Crescent Toolzall Electrician Pro
« Reply #19 on: November 28, 2008, 05:42:45 AM »
Thanks guys - glad to be onboard.
Global Moderator Just Bananas Posts: 61,821
Re: Crescent Toolzall Electrician Pro
« Reply #20 on: November 30, 2008, 02:01:12 AM »
Nice tool, I have the exact same one.  Re-wired my garage with this and it was a solid performer.
I didn't like how the release tabs protruded from the closed tool so I filed them down at the point where they contact the lock and now they sit flush with the handles. 
Apparently Cresent made another version of this which included a robertson (square drive) screwdriver.  I tried locating one but couldn't find any.

great review.

Was it as adequate of a wire stripper as a dedicated pair? if you don't mind me asking :) also did you happen to use the wire bender holes on the head as they say to on the back of the packaging?
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Re: Crescent Toolzall Electrician Pro
« Reply #21 on: December 02, 2008, 12:12:56 AM »
Nice tool, I have the exact same one.  Re-wired my garage with this and it was a solid performer.
I didn't like how the release tabs protruded from the closed tool so I filed them down at the point where they contact the lock and now they sit flush with the handles. 
Apparently Cresent made another version of this which included a robertson (square drive) screwdriver.  I tried locating one but couldn't find any.

great review.

Was it as adequate of a wire stripper as a dedicated pair? if you don't mind me asking :) also did you happen to use the wire bender holes on the head as they say to on the back of the packaging?

For general electrical work - wire stripping/ wire bending it is excellent.  the electrician head is as good as any proffesional models I've used.  I did not use the holes for bending wire, I prefered using the small needle nose pliers on the tip of the head.  For bending or looping the wire for the terminal screws it works much easier, though I'm sure the holes would work just as well.  I like this tool alot although I think a serrated sheepsfoot blade would've been more useful for electrical work and not sure why there's a saw, a crimper would've been nice.
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Re: Crescent Toolzall Electrician Pro
« Reply #22 on: December 02, 2008, 01:13:22 AM »
I think a serrated sheepsfoot blade would've been more useful for electrical work and not sure why there's a saw, a crimper would've been nice.
I agree 100% about the sheepsfoot blade and crimper. A sheepsfoot blade seems like a no-brainer for anyone who's done electrical work. Saws can be useful for drywall and such.
Global Moderator Just Bananas Posts: 61,821
Re: Crescent Toolzall Electrician Pro
« Reply #23 on: December 02, 2008, 05:25:12 AM »
Don't believe a crimper could be added but the rest of the tools do swap out with LM (old school LM that is) I put a PSTII diamond file on my Maintenance Pro (the shears version) and it swapped out pretty good.  One might take the serrated sheep foot blade of a LM Crunch and put it in there (but who would want to take a Crunch apart :ahhh ) :tu:

Plus I don't have a Crunch they may have a totally different end on them :-\
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Re: Crescent Toolzall Electrician Pro
« Reply #24 on: December 02, 2008, 05:26:58 AM »
Does anyone on here have a Crunch I don't think I have ever heard anyone post about using one?

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Re: Crescent Toolzall Electrician Pro
« Reply #25 on: December 02, 2008, 05:37:35 AM »
Does anyone on here have a Crunch I don't think I have ever heard anyone post about using one?

There was a Crunch Craze a while back where either folks were saying how great they were, and other folks were willing to give their left arm for one :D

I've got one and EDC it sometimes, it's a great tool and still fetches a high price on ebay..

And back on topic kinda, why a serrated sheepsfoot for electrical work?  I'm thinking for slicing heavy sheathing around a wire..?

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Re: Crescent Toolzall Electrician Pro
« Reply #26 on: December 02, 2008, 01:30:11 PM »
And back on topic kinda, why a serrated sheepsfoot for electrical work?  I'm thinking for slicing heavy sheathing around a wire..?
Yep, that's the idea. Most guys use a utility knife, which IMO is the best tool for the job- small blade with a straight sharp point.
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Re: Crescent Toolzall Electrician Pro
« Reply #27 on: December 03, 2008, 01:28:14 AM »
Actually, since it already has a saw, I would prefer a PLAIN edge sheepsfoot blade. I'm thinking along the lines of the old, two-bladed electricians knives and the Vic Electrician. Those blades are great wire strippers.

Fan of the Leatherman mini-bit driver and the Vic backspring philips.
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Re: Crescent Toolzall Electrician Pro
« Reply #28 on: December 03, 2008, 01:55:12 AM »
Thanks for writing and posting the review, Poncho65.

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Global Moderator Just Bananas Posts: 61,821
Re: Crescent Toolzall Electrician Pro
« Reply #29 on: December 03, 2008, 03:20:52 AM »
Thanks for writing and posting the review, Poncho65.

 :salute: Thanks for reading it parnass :D

 

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