The Best Multi Tools of 2017
Why Use Multi Tools?
A Multi-tool is a reference to the many functions that this tool can perform with the range of attachments available. This Multi-tools is any one of a range of portable, versatile hand tools that combines several individual functions in a single unit. The smallest are credit-card or key sized units designed for carrying in a wallet or on a key ring, but others are designed to be carried in a trouser pocket or belt-mounted pouch. Quality Multi-Tools available to saw, sand, rasp, grind, scrape, cut and polish.
This is Quality Multi-Tools particularly useful when fitting flooring along a skirting board, cutting the skirting to allow the board to slide under for a neat finish. The small form of these tools and the ability to mount the blade and accessory in any orientation allows cutting in areas previously unreachable. The ability to cut a complex or precise recess without the need to remove the work piece from where is it fixed greatly increases productivity. Small and precise cuts are possible even on end grain, a small sliver can be easily removed from timber cut too long for a perfect fit.
The accessory is fitted to the tool by some mechanism which allows that accessory to be rapidly rotated back and forth (oscillated). This creates friction with the sanding attachments or rapid cutting motions with the saw and grinding attachments. The narrow angle of oscillation allows for precise control over the tool as it does not kick like a rotating tool can. The angle of oscillation creates increasing friction further from the center of the tool as these areas travel a greater distance. The increased friction is particularly apparent with the triangular sanding and grinding attachments which allow the operator to reach into corners and confined spaces, a feature unique to this type of power tool. The saw blade attachments use the angle of oscillation in the same way.
Blades and accessories:
Various attachments and blades have come on the market giving these machines a wide variety of uses. The blades can be separated into 5 main categories: cutting, tile, grout & masonry, sanding, scraping and polishing.
Cutting: Cutting blades are standard saw blades with various tooth configurations for cutting different material. They are either straight blades with the teeth on the end, allowing the user to 'plunge cut' directly into the material they are cutting or circular blades. Bi-metal blades offer smaller hardened teeth that allow the user to cut soft metals and the popular Japan tooth blades have large teeth that cut wood quickly but cannot cut metal
Tile, grout and masonry: Tile, grout and masonry attachments are either carbide or diamond coated and allow the user to clear grout between tiles or do light masonry work.
Sanding: Standard sanding attachments allow the user to sand flat surfaces and specialty attachments such as the profile sanding kit allow detailed profile sanding work to be done.
Polish: Polishing is possible with the help of polishing pad attachments that are becoming more popular. The arbor attachment on all machines has varied widely since these machines started production, with many machines using a proprietary arbor configuration. Many after-market blade
Pocket multi-tools: Swiss Army knife as supplied by makers Victorinox and Wenger. The Major version supplied to the Swiss Army includes a includes a knife blade, a reamer, a bottle-opener–screwdriver–wire stripper, and a can-opener–screwdriver. Now make many other version similar knives Victorinox and Wenger.
Other versions may include items like a nail file, tweezers, folding scissors, a tooth pick, a magnifying glass, screwdriver bits and others. There are also versions that have special tools for specific sports or outdoor activities like golf, horseback riding, hunting or fishing. Versions intended for cyclists may have a selection of allen (hex) keys, a selection of wrenches, screwdrivers, a spoke key, and a chain-breaker.
Models like the Wenger SwissGrip, Wenger Pocketgrip, Al Mar 4x4, SOG ToolClip, Snap-on and CRKT Zilla-Tool are similar in style
In 1983 Tim Leatherman sold his first "Pocket Survival Tool", larger and more robust than a pocket-knife-based tool, and incorporating a set of needle-nosed pliers in a balisong-style mechanism. Too large for most pockets, it came with a belt pouch. Today, Leatherman ToolGroup manufactures and markets a variety of multi-tool models.
"Leatherman" is now often treated as a genericized trademark for the similar multi-tools now available from makers such as Coleman, Gerber, Kershaw Knives, Schrade, SOG Knife, Victorinox, Craftsman - along with many unbranded types produced in low-cost production regions, and smaller mini and micro units are often small enough for pockets or even key rings.
Summary: Multi function tools may be specialized for use in certain activities. Cyclists may carry a folding tool with multiple screwdriver bits or wrenches to allow adjustment of bicycle fasteners during a ride, or for repairing a broken chain. For sport fisherman, a specialized multi-tool may combine common functions such as cutting fishing line, crimping weights, removing hooks or opening split rings. A specialized multi-tool may be used for adjustment, cleaning or minor repair of a firearm in field use. The advantage of a multi-tool is saving weight and space over a set of individual tools to perform the same functions.
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