Latest & Greatest: December 2002
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PMY TESTED: Link Mobile Tool Kit
By Capt. Patrick Sciacca — December 2002
One of the outboard engines on my boat was down, and I needed to take it apart. Fortunately, at about the same time the engine went south, I'd received a 41-piece mobile tool kit from Link Tools to review. I figured, why not see if I could take the engine apart using the kit?
The universal joint, unidriver, ratchet, and extenders all feature a sliding mechanism that locks whatever tool you're using in place, so I found I could change sockets with one hand. Moreover, no matter what angle I had to attack a screw or nut from, Link's locking mechanism kept the tool steady, for which my unskinned knuckles are forever thankful.
Throughout a week's worth of tearing down the engine, I found that the kit, which I could fit under the helm seat of the boat, always had the size and type of socket I needed. I used mainly the 10mm, 12mm, and 14mm six-point sockets and all of the associated attachments and found that they fit well on all of the engine's fasteners. (Besides metrics, the kit has standard sockets and flathead and Phillips attachments.) One day rain flooded the kit after I'd inadvertently left the case lid open, but thanks to the nickel-chrome finish, the tools came through rust-free.
One thing I didn't like was the fact that socket sizes are displayed in the same color as the case in which they are housed, which made them hard to read. Against that, the case stows easily and even floats when the lid is latched. The Link Mobile 41-Piece Locking System Set is available directly from the manufacturer for a suggested retail price of $249.99.
Link Tools Phone: (773) 248-5853. Fax: (773) 549-3164. www.link-tools.com.
This article originally appeared in the January 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.