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Leatherman vs. Gerber---whats the best?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Crodog, Nov 10, 2005.

  1. Crodog

    Crodog Junior Member
    Messages: 23

    I'm in the market for a new multi-tool to carry in the truck. I have had leathermans in the past, they somehow disappeared. which do you prefer and why?

  2. tawilson

    tawilson Senior Member
    Messages: 218

    Have both, Gerber by far. I guess the main thing is the tools lock in place. Problem is the spring breaks after a while, but have sent it in for free repair. Need to do it again. I'm using the Leatherman till then.
  3. festerw

    festerw Senior Member
    Messages: 986

    Leatherman hands down, the newer tools have locks to keep things from folding back. The jaws are alot stronger on the Leatherman's also, I had a Gerber for about 2 days and broke the jaws bending a clothes hanger. Mine took a hit from a 36 volt 45 amp charge that welded the jaws to a solenoid, still works like new just doesn't look it. Oh and you can also have interchangeable screwdriver bits and even a screwdriver attachment.
  4. Bigblue250

    Bigblue250 Member
    Messages: 54

    Gerber hands down I have one in the glove box of all my trucks and one rides my belt every day. I love the one handed opening and they just wont die. Plus the price is right.
  5. mike33087

    mike33087 Senior Member
    Messages: 555

    the wave

    i suggest the leatherman wave, it is by far the best in its class, ive had mine for like 3 yrs and its still great
  6. Dieselgeek

    Dieselgeek Senior Member
    Messages: 161

    Leatherman super tool 200 here. Don't like how gerbers lock, or their blades, so I prefer the Leatherman. Plus the supertool is the right size for me, some of the others feel too small to me.
  7. Mark Witcher

    Mark Witcher Senior Member
    Messages: 604

    The newer Leathermans may be better than the old ones. I had one that you unfolded insideout. and when using the pliers the handles cut into your hand. I lost it and have been using a Gerber for 6 years now. Gerber stands behind their products with a lifetime warranty.If it fails, just mail it to them and they send you a new one in a week.
  8. danno

    danno Senior Member
    Messages: 401

    So now after zig zaging back and forth, it`s Leatherman 4, Gerber 2.:dizzy:
  9. justme-

    justme- 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,138

    Exactly- I never could use the Leatherman- handles WAY too uncomfortable. Gerber was better thought out. I have 2 Gerber's. They have an additional tool kit for them for extra screwdriver bits and socket adaptor IF you need it- I don't., But Gerber has better steel in their knife blades- holds a better edge and they use real files (Nicholson) not fish scalers. Lifetime warranty is a major plus too.

    This heavy equipment mechanic I know carries a Gerber 24/7- It's his tool of choice for work too. Would rather that than a normal set of pliers.
  10. ght1098

    ght1098 Member
    Messages: 86

    I've had a Gerber about 9 years now, use it all the time and no problems. Buddy has a Leatherman, the fold it inside out type, always cryin' about the handles digging into his palm. Gotta buy what works and feels best for you.
  11. lawnmedic

    lawnmedic Senior Member
    Messages: 703

    Been using Gerbers for about 9 years now. Always have one on my belt. Bokre the jaws once, they replaced the jaws and gave me a new holster. The newer set I have(X-mas present), has replacable cutters on it. Sent it back when they got dull and got new cuttes and new holster then too.
  12. watchamakalit

    watchamakalit Member
    Messages: 65

    gerber hands down. Have owned a leatherman, schrade, Gerber. Love my gerber won't leave home without it.:drinkup:
  13. Andy N.

    Andy N. Senior Member
    Messages: 236

    I feed my baby Gerber also. Much tastier and more fresh than Leather. Plus he has no teeth so he can't chew the leather.
  14. Swampdonkey

    Swampdonkey Member
    Messages: 68

    LMAO:drinkup: :drinkup:

    Gerber here also!!!
  15. Bill_645

    Bill_645 Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    Leaterman Wave!
  16. Sweetpete

    Sweetpete Senior Member
    Messages: 325

    For what it's worth....Leatherman. I like mine. I have the wave, and it's gotten me out of a jam more than a few times. No problem with the handles cutting into my hand.

    Super versatile, and great history. JMHO.
  17. SafetyLighting

    SafetyLighting Senior Member
    Messages: 601

    Just to make things more difficult, I'll let you know that I started with a Leatherman, about 6 years and swore by it. After i had it for about a year, my parents bought my parents bought me a Victorinox multitool. I love it, and would choose it over a Leatherman in a heartbeat.
  18. DugHD

    DugHD Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 420

    I'm on the fence , but probably like the leatherman most. I have had both and have broke both pliers and blades on them. Both companys have sent me a replacement free of charge. They are both a good tool , dont leave home without one.
  19. MickiRig1

    MickiRig1 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,617

    Leather man here.
    I have had the same one for about 8 years. It's replaced carrying a pocket knife. The things fixed and installed more stuff then I can remember.
    They cut into your hand because they are not meant to remove lug nuts and do heavy cutting.
  20. itsgottobegreen

    itsgottobegreen PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,351

    leatherman super tool (old school) here. Hopefully santa will bring me a new leatherman this christmas. My super tool has been to canada (7 day canoe trip) and across most of the USA with me. Never failed me yet. Other than the 1st day I had it (christmas when i was 12) I cut my knuck trying to close it.