If you work in the datacomm installation business, then you know Paladin. Sean, for example, is very proud of the set of Paladin CAT5 crimpers he owns. After going through a couple of sets, he finally bought a “good” set — by Paladin. But did you know Paladin makes multitools, too?
They do, and they call them PowerPlay. Specifically, they make three models, one designed for datacomm specialists, one for telcomm people, and one for electrical work.
For the datacomm folk, they offer the PT-510 (pictured). Wrapped up in a classic multitool form factor you’ll find a ton of tools helpful for running low-voltage communications wiring — a drywall punch and rasp, needle-nose and gripping pliers, wire strippers, a punchdown tool, a ruler, and wire cutters, plus all the stuff you’d expect like screwdrivers and a serrated knife. You even get a bottle opener for post-installation Millertime. (Just please don’t leave the bottle in my wall, you lazy bastard.)
The other models trade out various tools for specific tasks. For example, the PT-540 adds a nut driver (electrical) and the PT-525 gives you two punchdown tools instead of one (telcomm).
Street pricing runs around $45 for all three, which doesn’t seem too far out compared to what you’d pay for a Leatherman or other brand-name tool.