About this project
We're Innovation Factory, a Philadelphia-based tool design and manufacturing company that's been dedicated for 10 years to creating lasting tools that get serious jobs done.
All of Innovation Factory's products are made in the United States, and are backed by a no-hassle lifetime warranty. Throughout the years we've been committed to devising and creating products that celebrate versatility, inventive design, and quality craftsmanship.
Our newest project is no different. Originally developed for rescue workers, the Lil Trucker's™ uses know no bounds. If you've ever used the Trucker's Friend™, the heavy-duty original companion piece to the Lil Trucker, then you know how valuable our products are. The Lil Trucker™ is the supercharged Trucker's Friend™ – packed with extra features and a more convenient body, it is the ideal multi-tool in ease and substance.
Designed by firefighters and built in the U.S., the Lil Trucker™ includes every tool for every occasion. It's the quintessential gadget for campers, contractors, RV-lovers, and good old fashioned zombie hunters. Shipping inside the United States is free, but worldwide shipping will have an added cost of $25.
It's designed to fit comfortably inside a glove compartment, making it accessible and ready for action.
The saw blade is replaceable, in a minute or less, with inexpensive options from your local hardware store. That the ‘saw’ is a sawzall-type blade that you can swap for whatever type you prefer (thought we recommend fine tooth for ease of manual use) or to replace if it breaks.
Like every Innovation Factory product, the Lil Trucker™ comes with a Lifetime Guarantee. This Kickstarter is to help raise the manufacturing costs for the first round of Lil Truckers™, and as backers, the first round would be exclusively for you.
You can add either the Survival Companion or the leather sheath to any existing pledge by increasing your pledge ($14 for the Companion, $24 for the sheath).
We're also raising money to include the Survival Companion – an accessory that provides a flint, blade sharpener, and blindingly loud whistle to help keep you safe and prepared throughout any endeavor. The Kickstarter price for the companion – as well as the Lil Trucker™ itself – is cheaper than what the retail price will be.
When the goin' gets tough out in the wilds, this is the tool you'll want by your side. Use the tungsten carbide 'v' sharpener to maintain the blade on a knife or axe so you can build, chop and hunt. Replaceable magnesium and ferrocerium rods provide tinder and spark which will burn at over 3000° to keep you warm and safe. The emergency whistle belts out a huge 133 decibels of sonic power, alerting help to your position. This sharpener, fire starter and whistle combo is the tool that can keep you in the game should things go wrong outdoors. You may never want to leave home without it. Comes with lanyard and striker.
LIL LEATHER HOLSTER
As another perk, you can choose to add a leather sheath designed specifically to house the Lil Trucker™ safely at your side. Made in Colorado by Master Leathersmith Dennis from Durango.
You are able to increase your pledge by $14 for the Survival Companion or $24 for the leather sheath to add either to any rewards level. At the end of the campaign we will be sending out surveys to determine which addition you paid for, so keep a look out for those around June 5-6th.
The early Father's Day Reward gets you an added Trucker's Friend to share with the most important man in your life – your dad. It's Innovation Factory's #1 best-seller, and one of the best selling American-made tools around. At 2.3 pounds and 19.2 x 2 x 5.5 inches, the Trucker's Friend helps get the big jobs done. For truckers its perfect to remove objects embedded in tires, repair (or dismantle) pallets or chop away ice and debris. A favorite of search-and-rescue professionals, the Trucker's Friend is ideal for 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.
What You're Saving
After the Kickstarter each of these rewards are going to be offered on the Innovation Factory store. But you'll save considerably getting them now at their Kickstarter prices.
And of course, our amazing zombie film was created by Philadelphia production company Spirit Animal, along with killer leading lady Maria Shapley.
Risks and challenges
After 2 years in development, we're working finalizing the design of the Lil Trucker™ and its accessories. After that, the next step is to optimize for manufacturability and reliability.
Our main challenges are settling on all of the materials and component sourcing and to selecting the manufacturer of the finished products. We’ve been in discussions with dozens of prospective suppliers and manufacturing partners. Since the Innovation Factory brand relies on US manufacturing, the risk involved in this project is finding the right USA providers who are both dependable and affordable to make sure the Lil Trucker™ finds the right maker.
We intend to meet these challenges sooner rather than later – in fact, we're already in serious communication with multiple companies we feel could be the right fit for our project.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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