Over at KC Tool, today’s Deal of the Day specially priced item is a Wiha 71997 39pc security bit set. This set comes with a whole bunch of special insert bits that you’re unlikely to find at home centers or the local mom & pop hardware store. It also comes with a Drive-Loc handle, and extending bit holder, a socket adapter, and a compact storage box.
As mentioned earlier this week, we partnered with KC Tool this month on a couple of different fronts. There’s a banner ad that you might have already seen, and a week’s worth of “Deal of the Day” promos that we helped arrange for.
Here’s what you get:
- Wiha Drive-Loc VI Handle
- 4″ bit holder
- Socket adapter
- Storage box
- Security (Tamper Proof) Torx: T8s, T10s, T15s, T20s, T25s, T27s, T30s, T40s
- Tri-Wing: 1, 2, 3, 4
- Torq Set: 6, 8, 10
- Spanner: 4, 6, 8, 10
- Security (Tamper Proof) Hex: 5/64, 3/32, 7/64, 1/8, 9/64, 5/32″
- Slotted: 6.5, 8.0mm
- Phillips: 1, 2
- Pozidriv: 0, 1, 2, 3
- Square: 1, 2, 3
Tamperproof Torx bits fit those pesky Torx fasteners which have a small vertical pin in the star recess, Tri-Wing bits are used in some gaming consoles and elsewhere, and I believe that those spanner bits can fit the two-holed screw heads I’ve in public fixtures. But Torq Set? I had to look that up.
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Security bits are special-purpose bits that you can sometimes plan for. Other times, you only know what you need when faced with finding a fastener you don’t have a fitting tool for. This Wiha set gives you a lot of those bits that you might come across when working on equipment that’s not generally meant to be user-opened, accessed, or adjusted.
The Drive-Loc handle and bit holder extension can be set at multiple lengths. You can also use other Drive-Loc accessories, which are also length-adjustable.
Sale Price: $59.50
Deal is valid today only, 6/2/15, thru 12:00am CT.
It’s tough to recommend this as one’s first security bit set. What most people do, myself included, is to buy a cheap security bit assortment, and upgrade when the need arises. Or buy once and done, as I sometimes wish I had done. It stings to pay a Wiha premium for bits you might never use, but it’s also frustrating to bugger up a hard-to-replace fastener with a low quality and flawed screwdriver bit.
Yes, the set is pricey, but it beats having to special-order security bits or drivers with expedited shipping every time I need a special bit size or style. Sometimes cheap bits are okay, other times they’re to be avoided. I’ve used low-quality tamperproof Torx bits with off-center holes before, and am not too eager to repeat that mistake.
I hadn’t intended on buying this set, but the thought crossed my mind more than once when I was thinking about which deals I should request to arrange for readers this week. If I can get to a computer today, I might just pick up a set – the sale price is a little too good to argue with.
There are other versions of this set, such as Wiha 71991 (available via KC Tool and Amazon) that come with different driver handle options. The bit selection seems to be the same. If you don’t like the Drive-Loc handle that comes with this set, you could always use your own 1/4″ hex bit holders, mini ratchets, and other tools.
Here’s a quick KC Tool Vine look at the set:
There are plenty other security bit sets on the market. For a “just in case” set, you probably don’t need Wiha quality, or the expense. When I say probably, I’m thinking almost definitely. I like the versatility of security bit sets for unanticipated needs, and have a couple of fixed-handle drivers (Wiha tamperproof Torx) for special fastener sizes I know I’ll need often. And I think it’s time I upgraded to this Wiha set.
Which is your favorite security bit set? Can you believe that it has been 5 years since we talked about cheap security bit sets?
There are 2 more deals that we helped arrange for. Check back later this week for additional details.