Last week we received samples of Channellock’s new ratcheting screwdrivers, and I immediately fell in love with the 13 ‘N 1 driver. I have used quite a few ratcheting screwdrivers, and feel that the 13-in-1 is definitely one of the better ones out there, especially in its sub-$40 price range.
As mentioned in our preview, the driver comes with a 1/4″ nut driver and double-ended bits: Phillips bit tips #0, 1, 2, 3; slotted bit tips #4, 6; Torx 10, 15, 20, 25; square recess bits #1, 2.
Everything about the Channellock 13-in-1 just screams of quality – from the bit-holding cartridge and comfortable texture grip, to the ratcheting mechanism and direction selection switch.
Saying that the fine-tooth ratcheting mechanism is smooth is somewhat of an understatement. It doesn’t click, it zips. I know that you can’t really judge a ratcheting mechanism by how it sounds, but it’s just so pleasing to the ear, as a high-quality square drive ratchet sounds.
Cheaper drivers usually require much more finesse to find the right direction setting, with occasional hunting- most certainly not the case with this one. The ratcheting direction selector has a very small range of motion, but it quickly locks into the right setting every time.
The only flaw I could find is the slightly rounded tip of the nut driver where 3 of the 6 hex flats are perfect and 3 are slightly rounded. But, beyond the tip the shaft is perfectly formed and grips the hex-shanked screwdriver bits securely with absolutely no play. Thus, the flaw is likely only cosmetic in nature and does not affect the function of the driver in any way.
Overall, I very highly recommend the Channellock 13 ‘N 1 ratcheting screwdriver. It appears identical to Megapro’s ratcheting driver, suggesting a common OEM. The driver is made in Canada, the bits in Taiwan.
Here is a brief 2-min video review of the ratcheting driver:
Thank you to Channellock for providing the sample for this review unconditionally. Review samples are typically returned, donated, or in some cases retained for further testing or benchmark and comparison purposes.