If you’re a handyman who’s always fixing something, then you probably have a shed full of tools that you carry everywhere with you. However, carrying a shed everywhere can be inconvenient, and oftentimes unnecessary. That being said, the perfect alternative are multi-tools. There are many different types of multi-tools, each with its own purposes. So when buying one, it’s important to consider a few things, in order to get the most out of it.
The first thing you have to consider is how you’ll carry it. It’s said that a multi tool is as good as your willingness and ability to carry it. Owning one with 20 tools is amazing and all, but if those 20 tools aren’t on you when you need them, they’re useless. So the first step to picking the ideal multi tool is figuring out how it’s going to fit into your lifestyle.
There are a few options available, such as: keychain multi tools, which are smaller, but very portable; pocket multi tools, which are bigger and heavier but still portable, belt models, which are the biggest ones available that usually come with full sized tools; and one-piece models which usually incorporate a box wrench and maybe a flat driver-cum-scraper.
Next, you need to identify your specific needs. Is the multi tool something you need to help you fix your eyeglasses or your bike? Or are you going to mostly use it for opening packages? Fixing electronics maybe? Making a list of which tools you most commonly use and a list of the emergencies you want the tool to help you with is essential to picking the right multi tool. There are multi tools that are designed for a specific array of tasks, like bike fixing.
Furthermore, do you want the tool to feature a blade or not? There are several reasons why you wouldn’t want a blade on the tool one of them being that blades are always of low quality – bending, dulling and breaking very easily. Moreover, the multi tool makes a poor knife handle, which makes it unsafe to use. A far better idea is to carry a knife separately.
Worth knowing is that no matter how good the multi tool is, it will never entirely replace a real tool. The sole purpose of multi-tools is to have a wide array of tools available to you, conveniently in the comfort of your own pocket or on your belt. For tasks that need serious tending to, a real tool will accomplish the same a multi-tool would, but better.