We’re firm believers in the right tool for the right job, but sometimes the best tool is the one in your pocket. After a recent discussion in our office about what is the best multi-tool (or what I like to call the technician’s third rail) we posted a Facebook question to see what our fans preferred to use. Our office was primarily Leatherman territory, but we did have a variety of makes and models.
Below is a breakdown of the responses we received from our not-so-scientific Facebook poll.
Some of the outliers were “Call Gareth” and a threat to beat up all the respondents and take our lunch money.
The Purest Multi-tool
My personal favorite came from our own expert machinist, Mark. Mark’s favorite multi-tool was a good metal file.
He can use it forward, backward, and upside down – and right or left handed. It can cut, shape, and smooth a variety of metals. He can use it by hand or with a lathe. It is the purest definition of a multi-tool.
In the world of automation, the Spotline hoist is the multi-tool machine. We’ve seen it fly set pieces (with one or dual pick points), power an elevator, and converted to a deck winch. It won’t fit in your pocket, but any theatre that has one is always a step ahead during tech week.
Did we miss your tool of choice? What do you carry on every load-in and strike? Do you find a particular tool better for your automation needs? Let us know in the comments.
Until Next Time…Make It Move