GEARWRENCH recently came out with a new ratcheting screwdriver, 80191R, and a couple of things stood out to me.
Before we get to the drivers’ features, I wanted to share what a reader recently wrote in about them. I wanted to hold off on a post until I had a chance to try the new screwdrivers out firsthand, but the email pushed them back to the center of my attention.
I recently got a Gearwrench 19-in-1 ratcheting screwdriver from Amazon. I like the screwdriver well enough, but what was really fantastic was Gearwrench’s Tech support. It wasn’t ratcheting right in one direction, and they sent me a replacement in a few days.
Thank you Leslie, I am always eager and interested in hearing about readers’ customer support experiences!
Gearwrench is currently a ToolGuyd sponsor, and I’ve been buying and using their tools for years. I don’t believe I’ve ever had to contact their customer support, and am glad to hear Leslie had a great experience.
To start off, the new 19-in-1 screwdriver has a tri-lobe dual-material handle that is also oil and solvent resistant.
I really enjoyed the way Gearwrench summarized their new ratcheting multi-drivers in press materials:
Some people like to tell you that less is more, but that’s not always the case. What you want is less AND more. Less to carry and more versatility. Less time spent juggling tools and more time getting work done. Less focus on the pain in your palm and more attention on the task at hand. That’s what drove tool designers to create the new GEARWRENCH Ratcheting Multi-Bit Drivers.
More?? More what?
More screwdriver bits!
Basically, this is a multi-bit-style screwdriver, with a full metal “high torque” ratchet mechanism, and bit storage compartments inside the handle.
What I find especially interesting are the discrete compartments for up to 6 double-ended screwdriver bits. This should make bit retrieval a lot easier that with screwdrivers that have simpler “big hole in the handle” designs.
Here are all the screwdriver sizes and styles the new Gearwrench ratcheting screwdriver comes with:
- Phillips #1, #2, #3
- Slotted 3/16″, 1/4″, 5/16″
- Hex 5/64″, 3/32″, 1/8″, 5/32″, 3/16″, & 1/4″
- Torx T15, T20
- Square (Robertson) #1, #2
- Nutdrivers 1/4″, 5/16″, 7/16″
Street Price: $20-23
They also have a stubby driver on the way, 80061R, that works with standard 1″ insert bits. Here are the sizes it comes with:
- Phillips #1, #2
- Slotted 3/16″, 1/4″
- Hex 3/16″, 1/4″
Street Price: $14-17
Gearwrench makes one of my favorite ratcheting screwdrivers of all time, although I haven’t used it very much in the past few years. While a fantastic product, my ratcheting screwdriver was really part of a set, and I’ve always kept it in its kit box. It’s still near my main tool box, but I’ve taken a liking towards standalone ratcheting screwdrivers for their greater portability.
I recently gave Gearwrench’s newest screwdrivers a try, and I liked them so much I bought a 20pc set.
I’m hesitant to sound too enthusiastic, but I am a long-time fan of Gearwrench ratcheting screwdrivers, and I am a big fan of their new individually-sized screwdrivers. It looks to me that these new ratcheting screwdrivers combine the best of both worlds!
I am also particularly interested in the 19-in-1’s configuration.
Sometimes I prefer ratcheting screwdrivers with double-ended bits, other times I prefer to be able to use insert bits. Gearwrench’s 19-in-1 ratcheting screwdriver looks to offer a very nice selection of bit sizes and styles, and the stubby offers an alternate format with 1/4″ hex compatibility.
When it comes to multi-bit screwdrivers. I tend to yo-yo between preferences. I like screwdrivers with fewer bits, such as 6-in-1 drivers, because they’re simpler and easier to work with. But, 11-in-1 drivers tend to have greater bit selections, making them more versatile.
Here, Gearwrench basically created a 7-in-1 driver, and it comes with 6 additional screwdriver bits that add another 12 sizes/styles. The on-board storage for those bits is a welcome feature.
I couldn’t resist – writing up this post convinced me to order one of each. Hopefully I’ll get my hands on them soon – please let me know if you have any questions!
19-in-1, or stubby – which would you pick?
Here’s a look at the Gearwrench 56pc set I bought a while back. You can buy the same set today, and there are also other sets and configurations. My favorite part of this set is its T-handle head. That you can mix up the handles and shafts was and continues to be a big selling point for me.