Klein Tools has come out with two new Pocket Screwdrivers, designed for electronic and HVAC applications.
More Klein 4-in-1 precision screwdrivers? Don’t they already make one?
Klein 32614 is a 4-in-1 electronics screwdriver, while 32613 is the 3-in-1 HVAC Pocket Screwdriver. Both tools have common features, including a concealable tip, which allows for more convenient storage, and a rotating end cap, commonly found on precision screwdrivers.
- Concealable tip
- Pocket clip
- Rotating end cap
- Cushion-grip handle
- Steel screwdriver bits with precision ground tips
- Anodized aluminum barrel for corrosion resistance
Klein Electronics Pocket Screwdriver 4-in-1
- Phillips #0, #00
- Slotted 1/8″, 3/32″
Buy Now(4-in-1 via Amazon)
Klein HVAC Pocket Screwdriver 3-in-1
- Phillips #0
- Slotted 1/8″
- Schrader bit
Buy Now(3-in-1 via Amazon)
Also See: Klein 4-in-1 Precision Screwdriver, 32581
If you don’t care much about the new Klein screwdrivers’ pocketability, they also have a more traditionally-styled 4-in-1 precision screwdriver at a lower price point.
Compare(Klein 4-in-1 Precision Screwdriver via Amazon)
Neat! I like the look of the sliding tip guard, which should help protect my pocket and leg from being poked by the screwdriver bit tips. There are other ways to do this, such as internal bit storage and with removable covers, but Klein’s design looks simply yet elegant.
The screwdriver looks a little short, doesn’t it?
But… the removable barrel has a “short” side, and a “long” side. Aha! Meaning, you get a compact screwdriver with the barrel inserted into the screwdriver in one direction, and a stubby screwdriver if it’s reversed and inserted in the other direction.
You’d have to swap bits back and forth, but that’s quick and easy enough to do once the shaft is removed from the screwdriver handle.
So, it’s a Pocket Screwdriver, or a longer-shafted screwdriver, your choice.
I though the concealable tip was a great-looking feature, and it’s one you can tell from the product images. But two-length bit holder shaft? That one surprised me. Kudos to Klein Tools for thinking outside the box.
Here’s the intro video:
I’d rather see #1 & #0 Phillips tips. #00 just doesn’t see much use for me.
I agree, I have done electronics repair professionally for a long time and I’ve used #00 or #000 VERY rarely. Even #0 is pretty rare and generally I wouldn’t want to do something that small in the field but on a bench where I have dedicated screwdrivers.
They’d be better with a small tip #2 and #1, imo. I have a bunch of Blue Point PH2 bits that are actually very close to the size of a PH1 but is a PH2, they sit deep in the screw and work great for electronics, specifically the screws with the small heads that hold boards to a chassis.
Dunno, PH0 can be common in surface mount type electronics, but overall I agree, even smaller screw sizes usually get punched with a PH1 head these days
In the main picture, there are 6 ‘rows’ of images. The top three rows show the screwdriver in different configurations. The next two rows show the removable barrel both with and without bits. The left side of the bottom row is a PH0 and Slotted bit (1/8″? I can’t quite read it).
What’s pictured in the right side of the bottom row? I’ve never seen a bit like that before? What’s it used for? It feels like there’s something I’m not getting since it doesn’t seem to be mentioned in the description.
Is it needed to make the two length shaft work? I would think all that was needed for that would be the ‘nubs’ being off center on the shaft.
NVM, I’m dumb. That’s the Schrader bit for the 3 in 1.
Mike (the other one)
Are the bits interchangeable with the previous 4-in-1 electronics driver?
Also, I with Klein would offer a 4mm microbit driver/bit set (phillips, torx, hex, tri-point, etc) for PC/electronics repair. Most of the ones I’ve tried have been OK, but not great.
Mike (the other one)
Love the idea of a schrader bit. I mean I don’t need one often or well knock on wood – but I’d put even money a number of HVAC people they questioned asked for it.
I have a number of precision things – but I might buy this too.
OH question – is it safe to assume these take normal precision 1/8 (4mm) bits? Otherwise I don’t need one
Megapro makes spme HVAC-special bits including a Schrader bit that’ll fit any 1/4″ multi driver. Their big drivers are fairly bulky, but they have a zillion options for bits.
All I can tell you is that the 3/32 flat is definitely required if you need to work on the Sonoff basic switches. The normal 1/8 flat is just too big.
I keep my 32581 & 32585 on my desk so I don’t need the pocket clip but I see it being very useful though.
Usually on these kinds of tools, the shank is useful as a nutdriver when the insert is removed. That’s not mentioned here or at Klein. I was expecting it to be 1/4″ but…
There’s no information about its size yet, but I would assume if it was 1/4″, that would have been mentioned in press materials or the sell sheet.
Does the yellow portion that covers up bits rotate?
That’s something I hope to be able to answer soon. It looks like it could be, with ball detent retention around the groove that goes all around the metal shaft.
The pocket clip is the best part of this. I have the other 4-1 and it tries to fall out of my shirt pocket every time I bend over..
I like the iconic klein tools design. Too bad i bought a set from HF tools, otherwise I’d jump on this
As another option, I love the PB SWISS 169 TYPE 1 POCKET SCREWDRIVER and use it all the time. More $$$ than the Klein but made very well and the bit ends are super strong.
The only thing I don’t like about these is Klien’s insistence on the dual sided ball retention bits.
Replace with a 4mm magnet retention hex shaft for standard 4mm bits, and I’m quite literally sold.
Every. Other. Feature. Just sold for me. This would be 100% perfect if it took single sided magnet-held 4mm precision bits. In fact, it would fall into my “Need it Now” list.
Joe, look at the Best Way Tools TV295003 pocket screwdriver. It comes with double-ended 4mm bits but will hold standard ones too (they sit a little deep but it’s okay), and the tailcap doubles as a stubby driver. Stubby 4mm drivers are IMPOSSIBLE to find and the included tailcap here is one of the better ones!
There was a related discussion over on Stuart’s Community Forum site:
One option mentioned was the Teeny Turner from Piquic – nice tool but oddball format – 3/16 hex not 4mm
I like the anti pokey feature ! hopefully more usefull bit combo’s will become available . P1 , by way of example .
A friend of mine was a cable installer for Wow and Time Warner cable companies. Myself always being in the construction fields: Roofing, Concrete, Drywall / Metal studs, Waterproofing, Decks and privacy fences etc. Well I used to make fun of him for buying all Klein tool’s because the cable companies would let them get the tool’s and then take it out of their checks. He would tell me the prices of the tool’s and I thought they were taking him for a ride. Then one day I left my tool pouch on one of my brothers jobs in a basement. I called my friend Anton the cable guy and asked if I could use his tool pouch for a sump pump and a few lights that needed replaced. He let me and when I got to the job and started reaching for one tool after another I could tell just by the feel of each tool that they were of good quality. Then after I actually used each tool I couldn’t believe how much easier they made my job go opposed to my tools, Craftsmen, Husky, Kolbolt, Dewalt etc. After using his Klein tool’s I have to say that I was very impressed. To say the least. Now every chance I get im trying to break a tool so that I can replace it with a real tool. KLEIN!!! Keep up the good work KLEIN. Thanks for your time. Scott Harrington. Columbus, Ohio.
1. Any answer yet to Mike (the other one)’s question about interchangeability?
2. Are replacement bits available?
3. Do the handles allow too much torque to be generated?