In a return to tradition, Leatherman brings back the original heavy-duty multi-tool, the Super Tool 300, to help DIYers and working folk tackle the toughest jobs.
This fall, Leatherman will be bringing back Super Tool® with plenty of new and upgraded features. The new Super Tool 300 continues the long tradition of preparing the working man and DIYers alike, for the expected and unexpected.
The new Super Tool has more than 10 years of compiled customer feedback and engineering expertise in every feature. Each one is designed to address the user who demands strength and quick access to tools for the toughest jobs.
Arguably the most important feature of the Super Tool 300; the pliers have been optimized for strength. To maintain the balance of materials when making room for the new removable wire cutters, more steel was added to key areas, making them the strongest, beefiest pliers we've ever produced. In addition, the neck of the pliers is sloped for reaching even further into tight spaces.
Cutting wire – regular, stranded or hard – is a common application on the job. When frequent, heavy pressure is applied, cutters can become dented and dull, causing the pliers to stick and jam up. By making the regular/hard-wire cutters removable, they can be sharpened or replaced on the spot (replacement cutters sold separately). In addition, by optimizing the heat treatment process and replacing the standard stainless steel with premium 154CM, the wire cutters will hold an edge three times as long for maximum durability.
The idea of "clumping" was originally introduced with the first Super Tool. By pulling on only one tool, you would get them all from the handle at once, including the knives. To improve on safety, the new Super Tool 300 has just that, "Edge-safety Clumping." If you pull on either of the two knifes, they are the only implement that will come out. Conversely if you pull on any of the other features, the sharp-edged ones stay put.
The ST300 straight blade is hollow ground for easy sharpening. Screwdrivers are in the sizes professionals use most and are also hollow ground for a better fit. The handles are rounded for comfort and have cut-outs on the side to easily access blades when wearing bulky work gloves. The locks on the Super Tool 300 have been strengthened to ensure full engagement when the features are under heavy use.
Super Tool 300 ships in September for distribution worldwide and will come with Leatherman's industry-leading, 25-year warranty. MSRP is $84. A black oxide version with cap crimper will also be available at an MSRP of $97.
The original Super Tool was introduced in 1994. The first multi-tool of its size and strength, it was an instant success selling more than 1 million units in the first two years alone. In 2001, modifications were made, and the Super Tool 200 hit the market. The new ST200 featured moon-shaped locks on the handle sides, instead of the original all-in-one locking system. Customers still raved about the tool's strength and many applications, but the locks and "clumping" were not as user-friendly as they would have liked. Enter the Core®.
In 2005, Leatherman revised the ST200, putting new locks on the back sides of the handles and doing away with "clumping." The jaws were also re-designed for strength, and the new tool was called the Core. Underestimating the popularity of this new tool and how quickly it would be adopted for everyday use on job sites the world over, the lock design and tool accessibility was not what it could be. Fast forward to 2009 and the Super Tool 300. This new design, specifically for heavy-duty, on-the-job use is sure to find its place in tool belts, gear boxes, saddle bags, MOLLE systems and center consuls the world over.
Founded in 1983, Portland, Oregon-based Leatherman Tool Group is known for producing the world's most precisely engineered multi-tools, knives, pruners and lights. Leatherman's engineering standards remain unmatched in the industry today. With new products for trades, hunting, outdoor, fishing, gardening, DIY, and general purpose, the Leatherman tradition of innovation, tight specifications and premium materials continues to endure.
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