Reviewing Leatherman-style multi-tools is at all times a tough proposition. They’re basically pliers with further instruments tacked on as an afterthought and within the case of the Gerber MP600, I discovered myself scuffling with the efficiency of the pliers (wire cutters, particularly) and detached to the additional instruments offered, which mainly ensures a lower than optimistic evaluation.
Private style and luxury will in fact influence your personal view of those instruments, however pragmatically, efficiency relative to bulk is all that actually issues in multi-tools, and that’s the reason I’m probably a smidgen extra vital/dismissive than I’d be with a knife evaluation.
Gerber MP600 Multi-Plier Multi-Instrument – Amazon / Blade HQ
The very first thing to say earlier than speaking in regards to the efficiency is how horny this multi device is. I’m a sucker for black oxide, and for those who needed to rank a multitool on sheer badass’ness, the MP600 would win arms down. I additionally love the deployment system of the pliers: 2 lil’ buttons, and you’ll pop the pliers out like a switchblade (minus the spring). Very cool, and admittedly very helpful, because it’s trivial to whip out the pliers, use them and eventually put the device away in a handful of clean motions.
The character of the design implies that the remainder of the instruments are comparatively accessible (shortly), so the true benefit is with the ability to use the pliers on the go with out spending an excessive amount of time faffing round.
By way of torque and utilizing them to loosen bolts, I had zero points, however the carbide wire cutters, regardless of wanting badass and being detachable have been ineffective for reducing sheathed wires.
They didn’t reduce, however slightly – simply bit into the rubber. Didn’t matter how a lot torque I cranked out, the consequence was the identical – by no means a clear reduce.
Even utilizing each arms and cranking down with the alignment “good”: nonetheless a no go. I reckon it might be nice with thicker gauge wire, however for electrical wire, I discovered the Gerber MP600 disappointing. Perhaps I received a lemon and all others work nice? Who is aware of, however as that is the first goal of the device (for me), I don’t have a lot curiosity to find causes to defend the efficiency.
The irritating factor is that the cutters look excessive efficiency. Consider it or not, they’re carbide. The device usually talking may be very effectively machined.
I did experiment: eliminated the cutters, rotated them on a recent face (the character of the triangular design means you may rotate it in case one facet dulls – nice design… in idea). Nonetheless no change. Refused to chop rubber housing, and nowadays, that’s an enormous downside as I very not often cope with bare wires.
I’ve the blade-less mannequin of the MP600 that comes with a Remgrit carbide noticed. Works decently, and while I can’t consider a state of affairs the place I would want one and never have a devoted device, the fact is that if I ever did want it, I do know it’s fairly reliable.
One other optimistic is that it’s replaceable, so I think about with some looking out you possibly can discover and/or make various blades like a fine-toothed wooden noticed, maybe?
In any case, choices are at all times good and paired with the lifetime guarantee, I do really feel like the one instruments that may get chewed up are replaceable. So all in all, the design is smart.
The needlenose pliers have good mating on the nostril (actually good). Tremendous good development that’s on par and maybe, even a contact higher than the Leathermans I personal. Sadly let down by the wirecutters although.
The entire secondary instruments lock utilizing a pull tab. It’s very massive and simple to actuate – with or with out gloves. I can positively see individuals who work in hostile environments being a fan of this Gerber. Very clean and the design appears to be like (to me) resilient to mud and particles.
I examined out the secondary instruments simply to see what was up, and as anticipated, the whole lot labored out simply nice. The ergonomics and efficiency will at all times be a let down with multi-tools as a result of on the coronary heart of it, the design is a compromise. The very best screwdriver is a screwdriver and the most effective pair of pliers is a pair of pliers.
While you take 2 or extra instruments and mash them into one, clearly some efficiency goes to be misplaced in addition to consolation. This isn’t a criticism, simply me being pragmatic.
I do want the screwdrivers had extra selection or have been detachable, like within the Leatherman Wave, however what you get is what you get. They work, however wouldn’t be my first alternative.
So what do I exploit this kind of multi-tool for, you ask? Actually, normally only for the pliers themselves. I don’t wish to cope with getting wrenches out and if the pliers have good sharp ridges, I discover that except the bolt or screw is rusted tight, I can normally go vertically and unscrew them with minimal danger of harm. I like them for working in tight areas, like beneath the kitchen sink, as I’ve been doing over the previous two weeks.
The pliers themselves people, are rattling good. I personal the M.U.T., Rebar, Wave, Skeletool, and so on. and so on., and that is by far my favorite pair of pliers. They’re robust, sharp (they maintain onto to bolts like a rattling vice), and actuate very, very easily.
The physique can also be effectively machined and I think about can stand up to appreciable torque. I point out this as a result of I personal the a lot smaller Gerber multi-tool (the Dime) and I broken the handles/physique by including an excessive amount of stress.
I’m not saying this device is actually bombproof, however you would need to actively try to break them to get catastrophic failure.
As for the opposite secondary instruments, there are surprisingly few of them bearing in mind how massive and ponderous the Gerber MP600 is. Now we have:
- Heavy-duty scissors (not like the fragile Victorinox ones) that have been extraordinarily sharp (simply reduce cleanly by rest room paper).
- A metal file that’s mainly ineffective past submitting teensy tiny imperfections, which frankly I might simply reduce off. The difficulty is the tooth are at all times too shallow and get gummed up in zero seconds.
- four screwdrivers, that as talked about, work however are nothing particular.
- A fundamental can opener.
Nothing particular right here people.
The device itself is made within the USA. The black oxide end is drop lifeless beautiful and can put on actually properly. I’ve owned it for practically a 12 months, and in that 12 months I’ve used the pliers a crap-tonne. The secondary instruments I’ve used perhaps 2 or three occasions.
On the finish of the day – it’s 300 grams for a pleasant pair of pliers, wire cutters that don’t reduce, and a handful of different instruments that frankly are simply not that spectacular.
What I really need is these needle-nose pliers on the Leatherman Rebar (minus the crappy wire cutter), and that lovely oxide end.
As a stand alone multitool, I don’t suppose the Gerber MP600 is especially excessive efficiency and consequently, I’d advocate going with a Leatherman Wave as a substitute. A lot better wire cutters, and secondary instruments which might be really excessive efficiency.
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