A lot of the things have changed in my life over the past 15 years but one thing hasn’t. I’ve been carrying Leatherman multi-tools for all of those years! I still remember the first time I saw one. I was working on some piece of farm equipment, that was giving me fits, and a friend had stopped in to chat. I crawled out from under it and said, “I wish I had brought a phillp’s head screwdriver with me.” My friend reached in his pocket and handed me his Leatherman tool. At first I was skeptical and then I was in awe. What a handy, well made little tool! I bought one the next the day and I’ve had one in my pocket ever since. For the last 5 years or so I’ve had a Super Tool 300 and its my favorite model. Whether working in the barn, trapping in the Alaskan backcountry, or running machinery out in the fields, my Super Tool 300 has saved the day on many occasions.
Here are a few things that I really like about this model.
The wire cutters on this model are best on any multi-tool I’ve seen. These are super strong, I cut barbed wire with ease. Try doing that with a cheapy tool and see what happens! These wire cutters are replaceable so when they where out you can change them out and be right back in business.
The wire stripper works great, as does the crimper. I like being able to do most emergency wiring jobs around the farm without walking anywhere to grab tools. Everything I need is right in my pocket, whether its fixing an extension cord, replacing a recepticle or a switch.
The screw drivers are all good quality and there are 3 flat heads and a phillips. I seldom run into a screw that I can’t use these pliers on.
The tools LOCK. This is a big deal, and if you’ve ever used a multi-tool without a locking mechanism I’m sure you have scars on your knuckles to prove it.
The saw is the best I’ve ever seen on any multi-tool of any price. This sucker will saw through tree limbs, plastic pipe and I’ve even used it on steel hose clamps that were seized up. I seldom carry a saw when fixing fence because I can cut through most limbs that need cutting just as quick with these.
A useable file. Many multi-tool files are just for show. These actually do a pretty good job. I’ve filed a bunch of stuff with mine and they are still going strong. They are handy for points and brushes on silo unloader drive rings, cleaning up ground rods on fencers, making a quick adjustment on a leghold trap’s dog or any other thing that might come along.
The pliers are big enough and strong enough to tighten most nuts on the farm. This really saves me time when I find a loose nut on a piece of equipment. I can tighten it up on the spot without having to run for a wrench and I don’t put it off and then forget about it.
The can opener is a working can opener. I’ve opened countless cans with mine, its lightning fast and will open a bottle of beer.
A few things on negative side of the ledger
Its a big tool and its heavier than your average multi-tool. It weighs 9.6 oz and is fatter than other models so people with smaller hands my find it harder to use.
Being larger and heavier it wears holes in your pockets faster too. It really pays to use the belt pouch with this one and save your wife some sewing work.
The locking mechanism is easier to use than old Super Tool 200, but in my opinion, not as strong, .
The Bottom Line
This is a working man’s tool. The pay off for it being bigger and heavier is that you can get more done with it. This tool has all the most important and most used tools that farmers, trappers, homesteaders, hunters and handy men need. I have made emergency repairs on rifles, scopes, tractors, snow machines, traps, electrical wiring and switches, automobiles and more. I have dug holes with it, skinned deer with it, sawed small poles for shelters with it and more. There are few things I can’t be without but my Leatherman is one of them.