As mentioned in a recent post, GEARWRENCH is currently a ToolGuyd sponsor. I can wholeheartedly recommend the brand, based on years of experience with their tools. I have purchased quite a few Gearwrench tools in the past, and have been pleased with the brand’s quality.
I have another post in the queue about a recent Gearwrench shopping spree, but I wanted to briefly share about these Gearwrench screwdrivers.
I don’t recall when these new handle styles came out, but it was somewhat recently. My older Gearwrench screwdrivers are good tools, but I like these new handles a lot better – or at least this is my initial impression.
The tips are well-shaped, and initial quick testing has me pleased with their fastener engagement. The Pozidriv screwdriver will see some use with my next IKEA purchase.
Sorry about the linty Phillips tip in the image – I took a quick photo for a “new tool day” post, went to tighten two door knobs, and then put the screwdriver in my pocket on the way back to my computer.
It’s always a good sign when I can’t wait to start putting a tool to use.
Durability and comfort will be come apparent over time, but I’m optimistic. I think I made a good choice adding these to my kit, err… my testing queue.
The screwdrivers all have handle-end style markings, which will make it easy to pull what I need for a task. I generally keep my screwdrivers in drawers, but there are times when I’ll place them in a pouch or work stand handle-up and sorting through unmarked drivers can be a hassle.
I am also very much excited about the triangular handle shape. I have other tri-lobed screwdriver handles and am a fan of the geometry. The handle shape also helps prevent the drivers from rolling away from you.
These are likely going to be comfortable for light to heavy use. We’ll see.
Pause. Add T20 and T25 drivers to my shopping cart. Checkout. *Done*
I have a couple of projects coming up where I know I’ll need to use T20 and T25 wood screws. That will definitely be a good natural project-based test of torque delivery and comfort. Why didn’t I do that first? Well, because I’m excited about liking these screwdriver handles as much as I anticipated and am eager to share this with you ASAP.
There is a hex bolster on the shafts, for applying greater torque with a wrench, and also a textured rubber finger-twisting section.
I wish I could tell you that I love these two drivers so much that I ordered more on the spot, but that would be a lie. The truth is that I had such faith in Gearwrench that I ordered a whole bunch of sizes from Amazon.
This wasn’t my intent at first. I was placing an order for some interesting Gearwrench tools I wanted to review and test before posting about, and the hose puller caught my attention. I could use that, and oh – I have been meaning to test the new handle style.
I came across a screwdriver set option, and while reasonably priced for Gearwrench’s typical quality level, I didn’t need a lot of slotted screwdrivers or a Phillips #3.
It wasn’t before long that I added a couple of screwdrivers, picks, and hooks to my cart.
If there’s a downside to these screwdrivers, it’s that the size markings are on the shaft and not the handle, but this doesn’t bother me. I only mention this because I know some of you might have your own preferences.
The pricing seems fair. The Phillips #2 is just under $10, and other sizes vary from $6 and up individually. There are also quite a few screwdriver set and assortment options.
Some screwdriver sizes and sets are eligible for a $10 off $100 promo on Amazon. There are no details as to when the promo expires.
If you want a low-risk way to test Gearwrench’s screwdriver quality for yourself, they have a 1/4″ hex magnetic bit holding screwdriver priced at just $6.99 at Amazon.
I’m adding one to my cart myself, but since Amazon is reporting “only 1 left in stock, more on the way,” I’ll hold off on checking out so that one of you can snag the last one in stock.
The best screwdriver (as with most other tools) are the ones that you forget you’re using. Or, something like that. These seem to be comfortable low-frustration screwdrivers that I hope to use for years to come.
It’s worth checking out some of the existing user reviews on Amazon – these drivers and their predecessors all seem to be universally well-regarded.
Any questions? When testing screwdrivers, I will generally look at fastener engagement, durability, handle comfort, torque delivery, and overall tool-transparency during testing. If there’s something you guys want checked or evaluated, or for the tools to be tested in a particular way, please let me know!
Lastly, thank you to Gearwrench for being a ToolGuyd sponsor!