This is the new Craftsman Z-driver screwdriver set, which is based around a super low-profile L-wrench bit holder.
I bought a Craftsman L-shaped screwdriver bit holder once, and the magnet popped out of the short end the first time I used it. I’ve been searching for a replacement since then, and this looks like it might fit the bill.
The Craftsman Z-driver has 2 bit holders, one on the short arm, and one on the long arm. Both 1/4″ hex openings have magnets within, for bit retention. It works with standard 1″ screwdriver insert bits, and presumably longer bits too, although that would defeat the Craftsman Z-driver’s low profile intent.
Craftsman doesn’t mention just how short the low profile end of the Z-driver is, but they do say that the 90° position gives you 11x more torque than when a bit is used in the straight position.
The Craftsman Z-Driver set comes with the following bits: Phillips #1, #2, #3; Slotted 1/8″, 5/32″, 3/16″; Hex 3mm, 4mm; Torx T15, T20.
It also comes with a combination bit and tool holder case.
$15 $10 on sale
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I want one, and will make it a point to buy one the next time I’m at Sears. Let me rephrase that: this will give me a great reason to go to Sears for the first time in a while.
Low profile screwdrivers and screwdriver bit holders aren’t useful all of the time or for general purpose use. But when they get pulled from a tool drawer, toolbox, or tool bag, they’re often the only thing that’ll do the trick.
The design looks good, and the price is right.
I don’t quite see what makes this a Z-driver, though. Where’s the Z? Is the driver’s short end slightly angled? I can’t tell from the product images. Is it because Z-driver sounds better than L-driver?
Ooh, is the Z-driver handle shaft hex shaped so you can use a wrench, adjustable wrench, or pliers when a bit is being used in the straight position and extra torque is needed? Nice!