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69 of 69 found the following review helpful:
An Essential Component for Leatherman ToolsJul 23, 2009
By P. H. Samsel
At first glance, the first-party Leatherman bit driver extender seems more of a convenience than a necessity. However, modern Leatherman multi-tools have switched from the old multi-tool screwdriver style--several, dedicated screwdrivers--to a single large bit driver compatible with any of Leatherman's forty-plus proprietary double-ended bits. While the bit driver affords vast expandability for a Leatherman multi-tool, it does sacrifice the reach that a dedicated screwdriver would otherwise lend. With this bit driver extender, not only do you extend the reach of your driver, thus enabling you to reach recessed screws otherwise impossible to engage, but it also grants you the ability to use any standard 1/4"-drive hex bit. The bit driver extender can also be used with any Leatherman tool or knife that features a large bit driver (Charge models, Surge, Wave, e306x/e307x, k502x/k503x, h502/h503). Not only that, but the removable bit drivers available for various other Leatherman tools (Juice series, Core, Blast, Fuse, Kick (Leatherman 830045 Removable Bit Driver for Blast/Fuse/Kick), and even all three pruners models) accept the bit driver extender. Actually, any 1/4"-drive hex bit extension would accept this bit driver extender. The bit driver extender conveniently fits in one of the elastic side pockets featured on some Leatherman sheaths.
19 of 19 found the following review helpful:
Sure to be useful in time of need.Jul 24, 2009
By A. Morrow
Quality is excellent as usual. Only reason I gave it a 4 instead of 5 is that it seems to pull out of my Wave a little too easily. I'd like to see it modified so that it locks or snaps into place more securely.
15 of 15 found the following review helpful:
Toolkit on your belt!Jun 05, 2009
By Mark H. Bradfield
If you have a leatherman (one of the more modern ones with the interchangeable drivers bits) then you need this extension bar. It enables you to get at those awkwardly placed screws and bolts. Best of all this and the bit set all fit in my leather surge sheath.
Leatherman - don't leave home without it.
8 of 8 found the following review helpful:
how to keep from losing it!Jan 24, 2011
performs as advertised and reviewed here. Would have given it 5 stars except that I've lost - and found - mine twice, because it manages to slip out of the side pocket on the leather case for the Charge. Truth is, the case is what should lose a star because of this, not the extension.
My first solution was to slip a clip off of a throw-away pen and slide it over the shank of the Extension so it grabs the side of the pocket, but I still lost it once with this. Next, I drilled a small hole through the flat part of the shank and put a springy ring from a door key through it, and threaded the lanyard for the quick-release ring that attaches to the Charge through this ring as well. So far, so good!
10 of 11 found the following review helpful:
Almost GREAT--If I could only use itDec 14, 2010
By Dr. Bob
Great accessory, lets you use your Leathermsn in places where the tool handle wouldn't fit. In REALLY tight places, you can use this without the Leatherman as a stand-alone driver--it has a knurl on its shaft for that purpose. I have the 40-piece bit set (buy one if you don't have one already!), and this fis perfectly in the nylon case with all the bits. If there's a different bit you need, buy a standard 1/4" hex shaft bit anywhere. It will fit. This is a high-quality piece that feels great in the hand.
So, what's not to like? As others have said, the retention ring is TOO good. The Leatherman bits have a groove which the ring grabs like a pit bull on crack. The last time I used it, I did not have the strength to remove the dang bit, even with pliers. So I now have to send the two unified parts back to Leatherman.
Hopefully they have solved the problem by now. If so, I'd give it a full 5 stars. Does any of you have one that has the right balance between retention and aggression?
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