Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Prudent Prepping: Group Buy Product Unboxing

The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.

On the Blue Collar Prepping Facebook page ,Darryl Hadfield offered us an opportunity to save serious money on a Gerber Center Drive multi-tool via a $76 Group Buy.

Due to moving several times and a lack of space, many smaller items that I own and would like to use can't be found easily. I have storage totes stacked almost to the ceiling full of books, mementos and things that were in cabinets I don't own any longer. In one of them is at least one Leatherman (and more than likely three), so the chance to get a new tool I can put my hands on quickly was too good to pass up.

It came in the mail yesterday. This isn't really a test but a first impression. What's my impression? Very Nice!

Gerber Center Drive
What a tool it is! I now regret using the name One Tool to Do It All, because this beauty comes much closer to that description than a mere screwdriver ever will.

I have owned many different multi-tools and really like having one around or on my belt. Previous jobs didn't have me carrying around 1.5 lbs of waist-mounted gear, so a Leatherman (or similar) wasn't an actual drag on my belt.

From the Gerber website:
"Gerber’s new multi-tool offers uncompromising performance through revolutionary design. The innovative center-axis driver opens to align like a real screw driver, yielding maximum torque and rotation. No productivity is sacrificed with the addition of a 30% longer outboard blade and one-thumb opening sliding jaws. Full size, real tools - the multi-tool just got a reality check." 

Previous versions of the Gerber multi-tool allowed the user to snap their wrist down quickly to extend the jaws, but this model uses a sliding button (seen in the picture, close to the jaws) to unlock the handle and extend the jaws. I prefer the slide to the wrist-snap.

Now I have to dig into my stored gear to find a Leatherman so I can test them head-to-head... or jaw-to-jaw, as the case may be.

The Takeaway
  • A no-fooling, solid multi-tool at a great price! 

The Recap
  • One Gerber Center Drive tool
    • Gerber MSRP: $119
    • BCP Group Buy price: $76 including shipping. 
    • Purchased through Amazon with Prime: $89.97 

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NOTE: All items tested were purchased by me. No products have been loaned in exchange for a favorable review. Any items sent to me for T&E will be listed as such. Suck it Feds.

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