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Recently received the Wave+ as a gift, love it, so decided to get the Bit Driver Extender and Bit Kit to complete everything. The first thing I noticed on the Bit Kit was it was made in Taiwan which I thought was unusual as Leatherman is an American product but apart from that loved all the bits and the holders they came in and could not wait to try them out.......this is where I experienced the first disappointment. Using the 4mm Allen Key Bit to try to undo a small bolt on a bed frame, the Bit started to "round" off on the edge as the bolt was very tight, worried that I would damage the bit further I resorted to a normal Allen Key to complete the job.....not impressed. I have also spent a few days assembling various self-assembly bits of furniture and have noticed a lot of "wear" marks on various Philips and Pozi drive bits. I think the problem is down to the fact the bits were manufactured in Taiwan and the metal is softer, something I have experience before in my years in engineering. To conclude my review......great bit of kit to have, slightly expensive, let down by eastern quality.
If you have read my review of the Leatherman Wave T650, you may remember that I praised it for it's brilliant design, materials and rugged build, but conceded that it didn't quite have the broadest range of tools built in. Voila: the solution. The Wave "Bit Kit" thoughtfully adds a very broad range of tool heads - flat a cross-head screwdrivers, Torx heads, even baby allen keys, to the Leatherman Wave. Each model in the Wave range has a fold-out socket designed to fit all of these tools - swapping in different functionality takes just a couple of seconds. Each tool head has been fashioned from some incredibly hard-wearing alloy, slots perfectly into the main unit like the very expensively machined component it is, then works perfectly.
Not for Leatherman the scuffed or easily-rounded edges; this set of bits feel like they are fashioned from "unobtanium" and built to be indestructible. They might well be, too... In fact, there's only one teensy annoyance with this add-on for your Leatherman Wave - and that's storage. Fortunately, a simple solution is at hand... Just purchase a spare "Wave" belt pouch and you will find that the bit kit will fit snugly inside, leaving just enough space for some lint-free cloth or perhaps even the help-sheet that they are supplied with.
Positives:- 1. Awesome build quality 2. Perfect companion to a Wave - extends the basic functionality of the main tool with an approach that does not in any way compromise the design or rugged build quality of the main unit.
Negatives:- 1. Should really come with their own dedicated belt pouch [as the Leatherman does] because without something like this there is no simple or convenient means of handy storage...
Overall, a perfect addition to an awesome multi-tool. You can't go wrong...
Literally had a use for these bits the day they arrived. Bits I didn’t have in other sizes/sets. I’ve had a learheman hanging on my side for the last 15 years or so, can’t believe I never had these before.
I have the old skool leather sheath. Which had adapted to the size of the knife inside after so many years or sun and rain. It took a little shoving to get these guys in the same sheath and did add some minor bulk, but now a few months later; the leather had relaxed and they slide in and out easy, and the extra bulk I’ve got used to. Easy to forget you even own them until the moment your the most useful bloke around 😉
All the bits I think I'll ever need, good construction too. Comes with a small screwdriver replacement as well for the one already on the wave which is handy as I break mine too easy. Only thing I find with these if your using the bit driver extension is that they get stuck but I think that's the extension not these as they come in and out fine with if your just using the multitool. Also its a real shame Leatherman don't make a proper case that can carry these properly as most only allow one to be carried that I've found. Molle one is the closest to perfect for carrying both these and the tool but doesn't last long enough.
Contains all most commonly used bits as hex, star, flat and cross and also a micro screwdriver, very good price for this kit and not just for Wave, Charge, Surge, MUT EOD and Skeletool models, it just needs the Leatherman adaptor to fit other models (link below) like Kick, Blast, Fuse, Juice, Rebar and Supertool Excellent kit to make my Rebar, Kick and Juice S2 even more useful (to fit these models I described it needs the
Leatherman Bit Driver for Blast/Fuse/Kick
) I bought it and the extension accessory
LEATHERMAN Bithalter extension - for Skeletool®, Skeletool® CX, Charge® AL, Charge® ALX, Charge® TTi, LTG931009
to fully replace the need to carry my screwdriver set with me great quality as expected from Leatherman and well worth it to upgrade my old tool box kit, so I don't need to buy a newer more expensive model like Wave or Charge anymore. I use this Maxpedition pouch to carry the whole set with me at all times
Maxpedition Mini Pocket Organiser - Foliage Green - One Size
I had this item along with the Leatherman Wave for Christmas as a gift from my other half.
I needed to have a multitool and screwdriver with multiple bits as a mobile platform, and these two combined excel at that. All the bits you'd ever need are here, allen pieces, posidrives, flatheads (even the smallest ones) and even Torx (to get into computers and laptops) which are hard to find as part of a set.
I had a spare neoprene case so I carry these seperate from the Wave. This is a bit of a shame, but I don't think this is a design flaw. However, the plastic cases they are held in, I don't quite understand. There are small loops present at the top but not sure how they fix to anything? I think this unit would be more convenient if there was one block which was double sided rather than having two separate ones.
As many reviewers have already mentioned, this piece of complimentary kit to the Leatherman (the Wave, in my case) is well-made, light and fits in the Leatherman holster perfectly (you can just about fit both in the one holster, but you probably wouldn't need EVERY bit!). The only criticism that I would place against it is not really a criticism of the kit itself, just that the bit extension (available separately!) will take 'standard' bits and therefore these aren't necessarily required if you own a screwdriver set or drill bits! Similar size. Having said that, I managed to dismantle, repair and re-build my Sky box with this set of bits because I didn't have the hex driver needed in my screwdriver set!
Generally good quality bits. However, some bits are always falling out just by picking up the holder card from the table. It can be that those bits are too flat, or the holder slots are too wide, I don't know. This is not the only Leatherman Bit Kit that does this to me. Be prepared for lost bits!
Purchased to go with my 'Wave', now shockingly used regularly.
Same oxidised finish Leatherman uses on its tools, broad selection of options provided, though not 'Hex' compliant, these bits are proprietary bits for Leathermans own tool range that carry the feature. (Check on compatibility, there were older LMT's that were hex-bit)
Light weight over all, though the steel used in these bits may not hold up to gas impact driven fixed screws as 'chewing' may arise.