About a year ago, I wrote about new Dewalt FlexTorq screwdriver bits that features torsion zones and machined high-precision tips. FlexTorq bits are impact-rated, so they can be used with drills, screwdrivers, and impact drivers.
The Dewalt FlexTorq magnetic Screwlock sleeve is also a neat accessory that I really liked about the FlexTorq system.
Well… now there’s another new screwdriver bit system: Dewalt MaxFit.
Dusty wrote in:
Is there any difference between Dewalt’s MaxFit and FlexTorq other than where they are sold?
I attempted to look into the matter, and sent out some emails. I couldn’t see any differences, aside from how FlexTorq bits are black, MaxFit are silver. Both are rated for impact driver use, which is surprising, as impact-rated bits are often black, and hardened drill/driver/hand driver bits are often silver. Both types of bits have milled tips.
In marketing materials, the torsion zone of the FlexTorq bits is emphasized, although this is a feature of MaxFit bits as well, and the shock resistant steel alloy of the MaxFit bits is emphasized, although the FlexTorq bits must be shock-resistant as well to endure impact driver use.
It’s been about a month since I asked Dewalt about the official difference between their FlexTorq and MaxFit screwdriver bits, but nobody has gotten back to me yet.
Dusty reached out to Dewalt’s customer service:
Thanks for investigating. DeWALT tech. support told me that they think that MaxFit bits are an upgrade of the FlexTorq bits, with MaxFit having a better-fitting head than FlexTorq while retaining the flexing neck.
They admitted that the main difference is what’s in the kits and where they are sold, and I’m not sure that they really knew whether the MaxFit bits were truly different than FlexTorq or just differently branded (marketing the head geometry instead of the flex neck). So, that’s what I can find out. I hope that you can get a definitive answer. Thanks again for your help.
Bit sets and bulk packs are packaged and distributed a little differently, with MaxFit bits being more available at retailers such as Home Depot, and FlexTorq being more available at Amazon and other independent dealers. But is that really the main difference?
It’s hard to compare prices, as there don’t seem to be identical offerings in both lines, but it looks like Dewalt MaxFit bits and bit sets are less expensive.
I haven’t received any details about the difference between FlexTorq and MaxFit bits through my official channels, and it seems that Dewalt tech support weren’t sure what to tell Dusty either. And so I’m turning to you, sleuthing ToolGuyd readers.
Can you figure out what the differences are between these two new styles of Dewalt screwdriver bits? If you’ve used both, which do you like better?