|Brand||Off Grid Tools|
|Model||Trucker's Friend All Purpose Survival Tool-Made in the USA|
|Item Weight||2.2 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||19.2 x 2 x 5.5 inches|
|Item model number||IF 221|
|Manufacturer Part Number||IF 221|
Trucker's Friend All Purpose Survival Tool-Made in the USA
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- Handy all-purpose hand tool designed for professional truck drivers
- Cut branches, pry loose nails, chip away hard-packed ice, and more
- Includes curved axe, spanner, hammer, nail puller, tire chain hook, pry bar and lever
- Shock-absorbing power grip and fiberglass handle
- Made in the USA
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|Item Dimensions||2 x 19.2 x 5.5 in||5 x 11.75 x 1.75 in||1 x 4.75 x 14 in||2.8 x 10.1 x 0.3 in||5.5 x 11.5 x 1.25 in||3.54 x 6.29 x 1.38 in|
|Item Weight||—||1.6 lbs||3.53 ounces||1.15 lbs||1.7 lbs||0.88 lb|
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The Trucker's Friend from Innovation Factory is an all-purpose tool, built tough and specifically designed to meet the needs of professional truck drivers. In any situation that requires hacking, prying, pulling or pounding, you will feel real peace of mind with this serious tool on board. It includes curved axe, spanner, hammer, nail puller, tire chain hook, pry bar and lever.
The USA-made Trucker's Friend is an all-purpose tool, built tough and specifically designed to meet the needs of professional truck drivers. But it's so much more. In any situation that requires hacking, prying, pulling or pounding, you will feel real peace of mind with this serious tool on board. The Trucker’s Friend is backed by a no-hassle Lifetime Replacement Guarantee.
The Trucker's Friend features a Shock-Absorbing PowerGrip on the non-conducting fiberglass handle for easy handling. The head is a cast alloy steel blade and shank that's been heat-treated for extra strength, with a rust-resistant matte finish.
Wide Array of Uses
This professional-grade tool is truly the trucker's best friend. Whether removing objects embedded in tires, repairing (or dismantling) pallets or chopping away ice and debris, you'll feel real peace of mind with this serious tool in the cab beside you.
Whether breaking your way out of a burning vehicle, prying up debris to free a trapped victim, or for aggressive self-defense; in any situation that requires hacking, prying, pulling or pounding, the Trucker's Friend can be a true lifesaver. Used by Search-and-Rescue professionals.
The Trucker's Friend replaces many tools to make your hiking, hunting, camping or other off-road experience safe and enjoyable. Whether chopping kindling, pounding tent stakes or even for protection from wild animals, you'll be glad for this strong companion on your next trip 'out there'.
The Trucker's Friend is an indispensable addition to every tool kit - both for professionals as well as DIYers. Whether on the job site, in your home workshop, around the farm on in the trunk of your vehicle, you'll be glad for the company of this unique and versatile multi-tool.
The Trucker's Friend, aka the Zombinator, is a must-have should there be a Zombie Apocalypse. You can hack, pound, pull or pry just about anything into submission. Definitely won't fly at an airport security checkpoint.
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(Note that my review of the Annihilator will tell you the difference between the 14-inch and 18-inch versions of that tool, if you're comparing those.)
Feel: The Trucker's Friend is lighter than the Annihilator thanks to its fiberglass handle where the Annihilator is all steel with a hard plastic sleeve around the grip. The Friend's actual grip is shock-absorbing rubber designed to provide an extremely good grip even if you have on thick gloves. The ridges are set to keep it from sliding out of your hand. The Annihilator's grip is hard plastic and does not aid grip or absorb shock at all, and was my main complaint about that tool. Using the Annihilator as a hammer without padded gloves is painful.
Construction: The Trucker's Friend is well-made. It has enough steel below the blade and hammer poll to protect the handle from overstrikes, and the steel is good axe-steel, probably drop-forged. The fiberglass handle is stronger than most people could break. The Annihilator stood up to two days of demolishing a fence for me, but reviews for it show that others aren't so lucky, so there may be quality-control issues with that tool. The Friend doesn't appear to have that problem. Since MY Annihilator is fine, I'll call this a tie.
Power: The heavier weight of the Annihilator should make strikes with it more powerful than the Friend, but it doesn't because too much of the weight is in the shaft. The Annihilator's thick steel shaft counterbalances the head too much, so a lot of power you put into a swing doesn't go to the striking end. Add to that the butt spike on the Annihilator which keeps you from holding it at the end for maximum leverage, and it's not as good a hammer as it should be, even if you use it with both hands. The Trucker's Friend, however, is very well-balanced, with all the steel in the head and the grip at the end, so you lose little power in a swing. The location of the hammer head and center of the axe blade is not ideal for striking/chopping, being a little too far from the tip, but it's as good as possible if you want that prybar tip. Using the Friend with one hand is at least as powerful as the Annihilator with two. The Trucker's Friend is hands-down better in this category.
Prying: This is one area where the Annihilator is a decent tool, better than a claw hammer but not as good as a real prybar. The Trucker's Friend is the same in that regard, but a little more versatile because of the two prying claws. The one on the end is just like you'd find on the straight end of a prybar and works great for all the same things. The one on the hammer poll is a little awkward, but will give you great leverage on those jobs where it works. The grip helps a lot with this, too, and the fiberglass handle is strong enough that few people could break it. I'd call this category close, but with an edge to the Trucker's Friend.
Nail pulling: This was the Annihilator's best category, with three separate nail pullers, and I'd say it was the best single nail-pulling tool I've found. The Friend is definitely not as good for this job. A claw hammer would be better, in fact, but it will get the job done. Annihilator wins this category.
Axe: The Annihilator doesn't have an axe blade, but it does have a drywall blade and you can use the prybar head as a splitter or general destroyer. The Friend it better either way. The rounded blade isn't actually very good for chopping wood, as it's likely to glace off if you miss slightly, but it would make it even better for destroying drywall than the blade on the Annihilator, and is far better than using the prybar head for chopping. The Trucker's Friend is the clear winner here.
Other Tools: The Friend and the Annihilator both have tools that I've never used. The Friend has a chain hook, which probably would be very useful for an actual trucker, while the Annihilator has a board straightener that, frankly, I can't see how it works. Since these tools are specialized, you have to decide for yourself which would be better. However, the spike on the butt end of the Annihilator makes using it awkward and a little dangerous and actually makes it less useful, while the Friend has no such detrimental tools.
Overall, the Trucker's Friend is lighter, makes a better hammer and axe, and easier on the hands than the Annihilator. It's easier to hold onto and carry, and you don't have to worry about stabbing yourself. Unless you need one of the tools on the Annihilator that the Friend doesn't have, I definitely recommend the Trucker's Friend for general use. That said, it is not as good as having a hatchet, claw hammer, and prybar, but it's so light and handy that it's easy to have in your vehicle or pack, and having this is much better than having one or none of those other tools.
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Other than that, excellent cutting head.