New for 2013, Kobalt has come out with an 18-piece Double Drive precision screwdriver set. We really liked the similar-looking precision driver included in Kobalt’s Double Drive screwdriver set, which is currently on sale for $10, and are happy to see that the precision driver is now available separately.
On the outside, the new Kobalt Double Drive precision screwdriver has different styling than last year’s bundled model, but largely looks the same as the old driver. The materials might be slightly different, but we won’t know for sure until we can pick one up for side-by-side comparison and testing.
The new Kobalt Double Drive screwdriver features a magnetic bit holder, and the end cap unscrews for convenient bit storage. The 18pc set comes with the precision driver, a 4-inch magnetic bit holder extension, 16 precision screwdriver bits, and a durable case to keep everything in.
Buy Now(via Lowes)
Price: $15 for the 18pc set.
If you order online, free shipping is available on $45+ orders, and free in-store pickup will soon be available. You should also be able to find these at your local Lowes stores later in the Fall.
Kobalt Double Drive?
Gearing inside the Double Drive precision screwdriver allows you to turn fasteners twice as fast as with conventional screwdrivers. With the direction switch set to forward or reverse modes, hold the sleeve stationary with one hand and turn the screwdriver with the other.
If you take your hand off the sleeve, the Double Drive mechanism allows the screwdriver to be used similar in manner to a ratcheting screwdriver. This comes in handy when you need your second hand available to hold the workpiece or when starting a screw or fastener.
This can all be demonstrated in our video review of the original Double Drive screwdriver:
If you want a better understanding of how it works, go back to the ~55-second mark, or you can also watch the video in its entirety.
I was rather fond of last year’s bundled version of the Double Drive screwdriver, although I seem to have misplaced the original test sample. I have high expectations for the new 18pc set, at least for the money.
I have no intention of using this to replace my individually sized precision screwdrivers (here’s a roundup of my favorite precision screwdrivers), but it looks like it could be good for a portable tool kit or for use on extra-long miniature screws that can be slow to install or remove.