Originally Posted by sarafina
OK is it really as awesome as it looks or do the pictures make it look more than it really is... Because that looks COOL. Trying to find a folded up picture....
Yes, its a very smart and heavily made tool. Another image here http://www.tocact.org.au/images/products/sj4.jpeg
The question is whether you have room on your boat for it. It folds up, but not all that compactly. I store mine in a Vberth locker, and put other tools inside the folded legs. If doing metal work...bending sheet, welding/brazing, grinding, etc, the engineers jaws are a very useful accessory. This tool is heavy duty.
The story behind the American version is an indictment of Australian business practice. The Triton company was created from scratch by a very smart, innovative Australian called George, who had a passion for quality. About 10 years ago George sold Triton (in very good shape) to GMC, an Austalian company noted for low quality tools, and imports from China
. At the time of sale
, the Super Jaws had just been introduced, patent pending. GMC failed to follow through with the patent. The American company swooped in, grabbing the two designers of the Super Jaws, and promptly produced the American version.
GMC subsequently went into receivership, The Triton business was sold to a UK firm, with Kinchrome handling the Australian side of things. Both the Uk firm and Kinchrome deal in quality, so it looks like Triton will survive. The range of Triton tools is impressive.