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Locking pliers that fold away make the Leatherman Crunch unlike any multi-tool available today. The Crunch clamps up to a 1-inch diameter pipe, and if you remove the adjusting screw, you'll find a hex-bit adapter built right in. With locking blades that release with the push of a button, the Crunch will take a bite out of any job.

Crunch® Tools

  1. Regular Pliers

    A cast pinching tool for holding or manipulating materials.

  2. Locking Pliers

    Fold-away pliers that will clamp and lock up to a 1-inch diameter pipe. The pliers are easily loosened or tightened by adjusting screw at the base of the tool.

  3. Hard-wire Cutters

    Bypassing cutting blades ideal for cutting hard wire.

  4. Wire Cutters

    420 HC stainless steel bypass cutting blades, meant for cutting regular-gauge wire.

  5. Wire Stripper

    A useful notch for safely stripping multiple types of wire.

  6. 420HC Serrated Knife

    A toothed blade crafted from 420HC stainless steel. Serrations grab and cut materials easily, making this style of blade exceptionally useful for cutting through rope or fiber.

  7. Ruler

    A precise guide for determining length and other measurements.

  8. Pin Vice

    A groove on the surface of one of the Crunch plier heads that can be used to hold a round item, such as wire or a fish hook, in place. A pin vice can also be used for tying fly fishing flies.

  9. Bottle Opener

    A tool that allows the user to pop the top on a favorite beverage.

  10. Wood/Metal File

    A 420HC stainless steel tool with a crisscross pattern that forms a rough surface for the user to file or smooth both wood and metal surfaces. The file pattern on Leatherman files is extended to the end of the file as well as down the side to give a file stoke and/or a more precise file edge.

  11. 1/4” Hex Bit Driver

    This slot allows for use of conventional 1/4" hex bits to expand the functionality of the tool.

  12. Phillips Screwdriver

    Created originally by Henry F. Phillips, this screwdriver is for use on Phillips head screws.

  13. Large Screwdriver

    A flat bladed screwdriver tooled from 420HC stainless steel, intended for use on larger slotted screws.

  14. Medium Screwdriver

    A flat bladed screwdriver tooled from 420HC stainless steel, intended for use on medium slotted screws.

  15. Small Screwdriver

    A flat bladed screwdriver tooled from 420HC stainless steel, intended for use on small slotted screws.

Crunch® Features

  1. All Locking Features

    All locking features means that every tool and knife on the body of the handle, with the exception of the plier head, will lock into place. Note that the Crunch; however, does feature both all locking tools and plier head. The all locking design enables the user to operate individual tools safely and effectively. By locking them into place when fully open, the user can put pressure on the implement while safely completing the job, before manually unlocking the tool to stow it away.

  2. Lanyard Ring

    This secure ring is for attaching the tool safely and securely to a lanyard. Often people who work near water or on scaffolding attach their tool to a lanyard on their person to avoid losing the tool if it's dropped.

Reviews

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Crunch
 
3.8

(based on 10 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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  • 3 Stars

     

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70%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact/easy to carry (8)
  • Durability/quality (6)
  • Handle comfort (6)
  • Lightweight (4)
  • Strength (4)

Cons

  • Difficult to use (3)
  • Poor design (3)

Best Uses

  • Home improvement/do-it-yourself (5)
  • Maintenance & repair (4)
  • On the job (4)
  • Outdoor activities (camping/hiking) (3)
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5.0

Great tool for intended purpose

By Alaska Camper

from Anchorage, AK

About Me Do-It-Yourselfer

Pros

  • Compact/Easy to Carry
  • Durability/Quality
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Improvement/Do-It-Yourself
    • Outdoor Activities (Camping/Hiking)

    Comments about Crunch:

    I bought my Crunch about a month ago, and have found it to be a great tool for it's intended main purpose, i.e. a set of small vice grips. I think a lot of users on here may have issues with the Crunch's other tool options, and I do carry it along with another Leatherman tool (usually my Surge), so admittedly I have another, more versatile tool available. I love having compact vice grips, especially when camping in our RV, seems like I frequently run into situations where pliers are good but small vice grips are even better. And the Crunch is a VERY portable tool, small and light for the utility it delivers. Yes, the head sometimes comes loose from it's attachment to the handle - a price I'm willing to pay for portability.

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best folding vise grips available

    By Dave Wave

    from Rhode Island

    Pros

    • Compact/Easy to Carry
    • Durability/Quality
    • Handle Comfort
    • Lightweight
    • Strength

    Cons

    • Lack Of Variety

    Best Uses

    • Home Improvement/Do-It-Yourself
    • Maintenance & Repair
    • On the Job

    Comments about Crunch:

    The Crunch is an acquired taste in multitools. Obviously some of the reviewers here don't share that fondness, but that is personal preference only. The Crunch delivers on it's main feature: the locking pliers.

    Take a careful look at what you want your multitool to accomplish and you will not be disappointed. I wanted compact locking pliers and the Crunch is all that. The other tools are helpful: serrated blade which is excellent for heavy-duty cutting, wire stripper/cutter, 4 screwdrivers, metal file and hex bit driver. These pliers grip far better than the standard pliers (which generally fall off or slide on anything over a half inch diameter).

    You have to wonder what some people were thinking when they purchased the Crunch and were subsequently dissatisfied.

    They are not one-handed opening pliers, where are they advertised as that? None of the Leatherman tools are "slide out". Yes when a tool with standard pliers is worn out you can just about open it with one hand, which generally renders it useless for the task intended.

    "No can opener." Really? I have found the generic "can opener" to be a non-starter. For starters, most cans have pop top lids now. Motor oil is in plastic bottles. Paint cans need a screwdriver, not a "can opener". If I am bringing cans of something along that needs a can opener, I bring a real can opener. The pocket tool "can opener" stinks at the job and takes up space that could be better used for something else.

    Having said that, the Crunch could use some updating that the more thoughtful reviewers have mentioned. The bottle opener needs work. Four screwdrivers are unnecessary since it has a bit driver - get rid of two of the slot heads and put a scissors in there. The sheath should have provision to store a sleeve of bits and the bit driver extension - trying to use a bit right up at the handle isn't very effective. The bit driver itself isn't very convenient, having to unscrew that long locking screw (and then replace it) every time you want to use the bit driver function. I would give up a scissors and three screwdrivers to have an fold-out bit driver.

    Then the Crunch would be the perfect mechanic's friend.

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    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great Idea But Needs a Few Improvements

    By Jonathan

    from San Antonio, Texas

    About Me Do-It-Yourselfer

    Pros

    • Compact/Easy to Carry
    • Versatile
    • Warranty

    Cons

    • Difficult to Use
    • Missing Tools

    Best Uses

    • Gifts
    • Home Improvement/Do-It-Yourself
    • Maintenance & Repair

    Comments about Crunch:

    Pros:
    The vise grips indeed grip well once clamped.
    The serrated knife is very handy for multiple functions.
    The hex drive in the end of the tool is handy driver.
    Great all (almost) around tool to keep on your hip.

    Cons:

    Vise grips must be assembled but often come apart during clamping process just before vise engages. They require pressure to stay together.

    KEY COMPLAINT - Missing the can opener with wire stripper (As others have said as well). This is the one item that makes this tool fail as an all around tool. Adding this item would be a KEY IMRPOVEMENT to a great tool.

    File breaks more easily than thought, but warranty covers that.

    The bottle opener is really lousy at opening bottle with tight crimps. The hook to get under the caps is just a little too big so it slips off and isn't able to really get underneath the lip of the crimp so it slips off. Take care or you'll have a flying beer (or other...) bottle when this happens.

    There is no place to keep a hex bit or two. With extra room in a few places, it would be great to carry the single or two bits that you find most useful. For me it would be a Square #2 bit first and a #3 Phillips, 1/4" socket driver, or 2.5mm Hex as the second.

    Overall:

    I would recommend this for someone who does a lot of different projects. A casual user will probably find a Leatherman with needle nose pliers handier, but when you really need to grab on to something, this does the job quite well.

    If you are on a road trip or anywhere mechanical failure is possible, a vise grip always beats a needle nose. Now if they would only add the cool can opener with the wire shaver, it would become great for camping, outdoors, survival, etc.

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    (0 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Poor design

    By Emm Zed

    from Arizona

    About Me Do-It-Yourselfer

    Pros

    • Compact/Easy to Carry
    • Handle Comfort
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Difficult to Use
    • Poor Construction
    • Poor Design

    Best Uses

    • None

    Comments about Crunch:

    These are either poorly designed or poorly constructed, take your pick. Every time I try to use the pliers I have to manually move them into the proper position so they will clamp down. I also can't understand how Leatherman gets away with calling them a heavy duty pliers when they are smaller than everyone of their full size multitools by a substantial margin. I don't recommend this tool at all.

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    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Still Crunching after 10 years.

    By Reesol

    from Moses Lake, Washington

    About Me Do-It-Yourselfer, Outdoors-man

    Pros

    • Compact/Easy to Carry
    • Durability/Quality
    • Functionality/Number of Features
    • Handle Comfort
    • Strength
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Fishing
      • Home Improvement/Do-It-Yourself
      • On the Job
      • Outdoor Activities (Camping/Hiking)

      Comments about Crunch:

      I've owned my weatherman crunch for about 10 years now. I've found that its a great tool and I've never regretted my purchase. It's sturdy, intuitive, and incredibly helpful, No matter what setting I've found great uses for it whether I'm camping doing electrical work. or fishing. Overall this is a stellar product, and i hope to be using it in another 10 years.

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      (2 of 27 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      not a multi-tool to me

      By Root Beer

      from West Fargo, ND

      About Me Do-It-Yourselfer, Outdoorsman

      Pros

      • Compact/Easy to Carry
      • Durability/Quality
      • Handle Comfort
      • Strength
      • Warranty

      Cons

      • No Can Opener
      • Poor Design

      Best Uses

      • Home Improvement/Do-It-Yourself
      • Maintenance & Repair
      • On the Job
      • Outdoor Activities (Camping/Hiking)

      Comments about Crunch:

      one epic fail is it does not have a can opener

      Comment on this review

      (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Design

      By Graeme

      from Canada

      Comments about Crunch:

      Pretty hard to beat on this achievement. These are portable locking pliers that actually work. Congratulations Leatherman.

      The only changes I'd like to see are in the fold out tools. Since this already has a ¼ hex drive I'd like to see the built in drivers replaced with scissors and other non driver tools. The serrated blade is great because I already carry a plain edged pocket knife and the file is good as well.

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      (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      The multi-tool of my dreams!

      By Roy the Mechanic

      from San Diego, CA

      Pros

      • Durability/Quality
      • Functionality/Number of Features
      • Strength
      • Versatile
      • Warranty

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Maintenance & Repair

        Comments about Crunch:

        I'm a mechanic. This is the tool I always have in my pocket.

        Obviously mole grips are more complex than pliers and the Crunch must also fold, so there is a clever mechanism which takes a few goes before you're quick on the draw. Takes about 2 seconds once you've got the hang of it.

        The majority of people are going to be better off with the Leathermans with regular pliers for speed and simplicity.

        Some (like me) find the Crunch better because it is more versatile - it can be used as a (slightly cumbersome) pair of pliers but also as a clamp and, of course, you can really get hold of stuff to pull, twist and otherwise manipulate with no hand fatigue.

        When I had to repair my laptop charger, I used this to hold the PCB in place while I soldered - one of many unanticipated uses!

        Plenty of other functions and the whole thing is well-made.

        Probably not the tool for a survivalist, outdoorsman or electrician, but if you're mechanically inclined, this thing is awesome.

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        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great tool

        By Brent

        from Hanover, PA

        About Me Farmer, Remodeler

        Pros

        • Compact/Easy to Carry
        • Durability/Quality
        • Functionality/Number of Features
        • Handle Comfort
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Farming
          • Fishing
          • On the Job

          Comments about Crunch:

          I got the crunch a month ago and it took a couple days to get used to but now it is extremely simple. When I just need a quick tool when it's folded I just separate it a little pull the tool out and close it back up. It got a good amount of use over the past week bringing in the wheat and straw. Whether it was cutting twine or using the vise pliers to pull out shear pins it worked out great.

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          (2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Needs improvement

          By None

          from Lequire, OK

          About Me Do-It-Yourselfer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact/Easy to Carry
          • Handle Comfort
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Difficult to Use
          • Poor Design

          Best Uses

            Comments about Crunch:

            When I saw the Crunch I thought finally Leatherman made a pair of visegrips into a multi-tool. I really looked forward to a fast slide out use. As a do it yourselfer and a dad I am always using my leatherman pliers to tighten bolts and screw stuff together. In reality I use the pliers all the time probably 20 or 30 times a day. Just a guess.When the tool arrived I discover 2 things 1. it was smaller than I thought. 2. it is not a fast slide out and use. You always have to put the pliers in place. Saddened I went back to my Needle Nose Leatherman that I have had for about 26 years. Try again Leatherman.

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