Wayne must have seen my post about screwdriver bit holder sockets, because he wrote in with a great question about screwdriver bit drivers.
I’m thinking a good locking driver handle for Power Bits would be a great way to reduce the weight of handles in a portable kit. I have plenty of 6″ screwdriver/Torx Power Bits. Haven’t found any 6″ nutdriver Power Bits yet but haven’t really looked.
Do you know of such a driver handle?
The Wera 816 R immediately came to mind as something that could fit the bill. It goes for about $21 via Amazon and other retailers, and works with insert bits and power bits.
I own one and just checked – the 816 R works well with 1″ insert bits, and I also tried 2″ and 4″ power bits. So it should also work with longer bits, although the ergonomics and balance might be a little weird. I get the feeling that this bit holder handle is more designed for shorter screwdriver bits.
There’s also a Wera driver with extendable bit holder, but it’s really a multi-bit driver with built-in bit storage and thus it’s a little thicker than it needs to be for a portable tool kit. The Rapidaptor bit holder can also be completely removed for use in a cordless drill or driver.
The Kompakt comes with a pouch and is intended to be its own mini multi-bit tool kit, but takes up more space compared to the 816 R if you’re going to be carrying other bits anyways.
These are the only locking bit holder screwdrivers that come to mind. There’s also the mini 813 R EDC screwdriver handles, but those might be too small to use comfortably with 6-inch bits. I can’t really think of any other brands with locking bit holder handles, but the floor’s open for comments and recommendations.
As for the other question, yes, 6-inch nut driver power bits do exist. For example, here is a 1/4″ hex 6-inch 7/16″ nut driver at McMaster. There are longer versions of smaller sizes as well. I’m sure there are other places that carry long nut driver bits, but I haven’t looked past McMaster.