Klein came out with a bunch of new power tool accessories a couple of months ago, including new power screwdriver bits and nut drivers. Now, Klein has come out with their Switch Drive handle system, which allows you to switch accessories between power and hand tools with greater ease.
Klein’s not the first brand to release a power bit handle, but it looks like they put serious effort into their Switch Drive system. The new handle features a quick-change 1/4″ hex bit chuck that works with any industry-standard power bits.
The Switch Drive handle will be available as part of two starter sets – a Power Driver set (32700), which is bundled with 6″ Phillips #2 and Square #2 bits, and a Power Nut Driver set (32701), that comes with 1/4″, 5/16″, and 3/8″ hex nut drivers.
Pricing starts at $21 for the Power Driver set, and the Nut Driver set appears to be a little pricier. We’ll probably see prices stabilize once more distributors start carrying the new products.
The Switch Drive handle – and the bits that they come with – are made in the USA.
Here’s a quick promo video:
As mentioned, Klein is not the first to come out with something like this, although most of the few power bit handles we’ve seen were bonus add-ins included in certain bit accessory sets.
Klein looks to have engineered the new Switch Drive handle with a robust quick-change 1/4″ hex chuck that makes it hassle-free to go back-and-forth between power and hand tools. I cannot explain why, but the metal chuck just screams “durable” to me.
This is something I will definitely try to get my hands on, as the design looks to offer incredible versatility. Although, I don’t plan to use it with power tools, I intend to use it as an EDC screwdriver. With a couple of 4″ screwdriver bits, maybe a couple more 6″ bits, or maybe a few 2″ bits if they’re not too short, and the Switch Drive handle would be a great centerpiece of a road box or mobile tool kit.
The Amazon price of $36 for the nut driver set confuses me a bit, but at $21 the screwdriver set is more reasonably priced. I think that $18 would be the sweet spot, and this might even be possible once Home Depot and other dealers start carrying the sets.