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Discussion in 'MultiTools and Other Pocket Tools' started by iamsalomon, Jan 11, 2010.
What would be the best compact screwdriver with exchangeable bits?
Do you need a precision driver or one with regular size bits? How small do you consider compact? if you want a precision driver go to home depot and get the husky precision driver, it comes with 4 double ended bits. alternately there is the county com technician's pocket screw driver, it has half the number of bits but it is the size of a pen. if you are looking for a driver that takes regular size bits i'm sure we can come up with a few suggestions as well.
If you want full size you should think about the vic ratchet. It's an amazing tool! Great for small places and tougher stuff!
I have a snap-on ratcheting screwdriver which I love.
I believe it to be my favorite tool ever because of its versatility and durability. the problem is that this thing is too big to fit in a pocket organizer. So my main concern is that it is as close to pen sized as possible. I have seen the home depot , Lowes, and the one County Comm offers but still don't know what to buy.
RE: Snap-On racheting screwdriver, doesn't part A slide out of the handle?? It does on the red handles a few years back. There were two sizes of shanks, still have the long one here. screwdriver walked.
Mine doesn't although I have a buddy who has the red one and it does.
Man, this thread burns. I had that screwdriver in a "rare" neon green color, received as a gift from Snap-On for Christmas along with a full turkeybird and an 80th anniversary screwdriver set. I worked at a distribution center in Crystal Lake, IL.
Screwdriver got pinched. That's the part that burns.
I have a countycomm driver. It's good, as long as you aren't applying more than 20 lbs. of torque to it. Now I have to save $60 for a flippin' screwdriver, I want mine back.
I feel your pain. This is the second one I got after losing the first one
May be you should look at Chapman tool.
I have a red hard case set plus a soft pack with assorted bits from years ago.
But I just notice that they have soft packs WITH ratchet and set of different bits to suit you.
Each bit has a detent ball and a non-slip top end to hand turn it.
PB Swiss Tools makes a very good compact screwdriver. Review I got one online for € 25,- It comes with 8 bits, although I ordered some extra PB Swiss tools bits to replace the slotted bits with Pozidriv and small Phillips.
the CRKT guppie that i have works pretty well. the only complaint i have is that it is a little short so i can get to much torque going on it
This is what I have. Paid like $2.50 for it at Walmart.
I love the Picquic line of screwdrivers... I have one in my tool belt and in each vehicle. They feature a nearly limitless array of replaceable and customizable options. The LONG bits on these are fully removable and easy to exchange. No unscrewing hollow handles and dumping out a pile of bits; just push in the old bit and the new bit you want to use pops out. You can also use them in your drill or impact driver. Plus they work good for recessed screws that other screwdrivers with exchangeable tips can't get to. As you can see, they make some pretty compact models as well. It is the best screwdriver I've ever owned (and I have owned A LOT)! I wish more folks knew about them! They are a little spendy, but we all know you can never spend too much money on a good quality tool.
How many bits do you want to swap? If you just want a couple of philips and standard, I would skip the bit holders and get a screwz-all, has two of each size, and you can T handle it for a good amount of torque. I keep a versadriver in my edc bag a lot. I carry a cybertool at work because I need the pliers and smaller screwdrivers a lot. Or add a 1/4 bit to a thumb ratchet.
I have a 1/4 bit a planned on adding a handle to so I could have something super compact, but haven't figured out how to do it yet. Would have just liked to drill into it, but that stuff is too hard for my drill/bits.
Ah geez not aGAIN! I'm running out of space on my bookmarks bar LOL! Thanks a lot CV90...(not...says my budget).
Don't know if this is what you may want but Gearwrench has a wrench type ratching screwdriver set that might work. Comes in a plastic case with bits and sockets, both SAE and Metric. All for about 20$ at Lowes or for more at Sears. Works pretty well!
If you need to apply at least some force go with the Wiha Stubby. It's small, grippy and has an integrated bit carrier. I carry it even more often than my Leatherman now.
Thats a really neat little driver, may have to get one of those!
+1 on the Picquic lineup of screwdrivers! The Multique is perfect for repairing small electronics. Definitely high quality...