I purchased the SOG Powerlock w/ V-Cutter S62 multitool a while back. Among the multitools SOG rates as one of the highest. I had been wanting to get one for quite a while, but couldn’t get myself to fork out $114 for a multitool. However, I saw the S62 at our local Lowes store and picked one up for $59. The pliers are great. The SOG patented gearing system really makes the pliers exceptional. I also like the spring locking feature. Although there is enough play on the tools when they are in the lock position, that it seems dodgy at best to trust the locking feature when using the knife blade, it is tolerable. I am fairly satisfied with all the tools included on the S62 Powerlock w/ V-Cutter. However, last week I was using the phillips screwdriver to take apart a portable speaker system when the screwdriver snapped with very little force being applied.
I emailed SOG’s warranty service dept, and received a prompt reply saying they’d be happy to send out a new phillips screwdriver as soon as possible. I received the replacement part within three days. However, the replacement part looks to be made of the same brittle gray metal (looks like iron) as the original. I will switch out the broken tool and see what happens. I was told by the warranty service rep that his phillips screwdriver broke when he pushed it with his fingers and he guaranteed me that this one will be much stronger. Though I am apprehensive, I am hopeful.
UPDATE: I tried the knife SOG Powerlock (S62) w/ V-cutter’s knife tool last Friday on a piece of pressure treated hardwood. Although I’ve never liked the half-serrated type blades on knives (And I still don’t), I was very pleased with the performance of this knife. It cut through a piece of pressure treated hardwood like it was butter. The cuts were smooth and clean. However there are two negatives about this knife blade.
First, the blade is a bevel cut so one can only perform a slice cut on the flat side of the blade.
Second, the bevel cut blade only allows for a left-handed cut when slicing wood. (I have not tried cutting rope or fabric.) I think I will try to change the knife for the file on the other side of the handle and see if it’ll allow me to cut right-handed.
Although SOG multitools have a reputation for durability and reliability, my experience thus far has led me to conclude that in retrospect, I would not have paid $59 for this tool. I think $29 is about where it should be priced.