Crescent has come out with new Quick Convert T-handle nut drivers that can switch from being traditional screwdriver-handled nut drivers, to T-handle drivers.
This isn’t the only time I’ve seen screwdrivers than can do this. Felo’s pivoting T-handle bit driver that I reviewed is the first other tool to come to mind.
Basically, you get greater spinning speeds in regular screwdriver mode, and higher torque capabilities in T-handle mode, thanks to the greater leverage. The T-handle configuration could also make it easier to reach and work on fasteners in tighter spaces since you don’t have your hand potentially rubbing on side obstacles.
Crescent Quick Convert screwdrivers switch modes by pulling out the shaft and rotating it into position, where it locks into place.
The working end features universal-type spline sockets, which can fit hex, square, 12pt, E-Torx, spline, and partially rounded fasteners. Crescent says that this 7-piece set can fit both SAE and metric sizes. The shafts are hollow, which allows you to reach nuts on threaded rod or longer fasteners.
The drivers have non-slip dual-material grips which are oil and grease resistant.
Price: $20 for a 7-piece set
Here’s Crescent’s promo video:
I find the new Crescent Quick Convert nut drivers to be very appealing, although I wish they were available in separate inch and metric sizes and not just combination inch and metric sizes. I have found that combination sizes simply don’t fit fasteners as well as separate sizes.
The hollow shaft feature is nice, and I’ve been warming up to “universal” type spline sockets, except for the dual-size business.
There is also of course the convertible T-handle configuration business, which I think is a great idea. There have been times when a nut driver couldn’t get the job done and I’ve had to reach for a ratchet or breaker bar plus long extension. Then again, nut drivers are really better for installation tasks than loosening tight fasteners.
Although these new drivers look a little gimmicky, they fall a lot higher on the practicality scale. I think they’ll be useful tools for certain user types.