Craftsman has come out with new folding nut driver sets in inch and metric sizes. The inch set has the added bonus of a magnetic insert within the 1/4″ nut driver, allowing it to be used as a 1/4″ hex screwdriver bit holder.
These look pretty basic in design. You have 3 varying nut driver sizes on both sizes – a larger size in the middle that’s flanked by 2 smaller sizes, and what I’m guessing are anodized aluminum handle slabs. Maybe the handles are made of plastic? Sears doesn’t say, aside from describing them as slim.
While there are plenty of folding hex key sets out there, including Craftsman’s diamond-coated ball end hex key sets, this might be the first folding nut driver I’ve come across.
- Inch Sizes: 3/16″, 1/4″, 5/16″, 11/32″, 3/8″, 7/16″
- Metric Sizes: 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12 mm
$20 $10 each on sale
We’re close enough to the holiday season for me to consider these as stocking stuffers. In other words, I wouldn’t trust the price to be $20. I don’t mean for it to come across as harsh, but I seriously doubt that these are good buys at $20 each. I think $8 each would be reasonable, $10 might be expected. I could potentially see them priced as high as maybe $12.
Update: The price has dropped to $10 each, as we more or less expected.
While the folding nut driver tools look simplistic, they could come in handy, especially if you haven’t yet invested in a full set of individual nut drivers. Or… you could buy a socket spinner handle and use 1/4″ hex sockets you might already have, although that’s not an ideal option for those with smaller tool bags.
Don’t count on using these on threaded rod either. The trend has been for new nut drivers to have hollow shafts that accommodate longer bolts and also nuts on threaded rod, such as the relatively new Klein nut drivers.
If I didn’t think these new folding nut driver sets could be potentially useful, I wouldn’t have posted about them. But one question keeps nagging at me. Do these tools solve a problem or frustration some users have? It’s not something I’d have personally found useful at any point along my toolbox history.
Aside from functionality concerns or considerations, I wonder why Craftsman didn’t colorize the handles differently – maybe red for inch and blue for metric? From the looks of it, both the inch and metric sets have red handles.