Update: The following post discusses the full-size Double Drive screwdriver. We also put together separate hands-on previews of the 2012-edition full-size and mini precision Double Drive screwdriver set, and the new Double Drive ratchet.
Lowes has unveiled a new hand tool – the Kobalt Double-Drive screwdriver set. At first glance, it looks similar to the many ratcheting screwdrivers already available on the market today. But, after taking a closer hands-on look, the Double-Drive reveals itself to be a completely new type of screwdriver!
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Instead of featuring a standard ratcheting drive mechanism, Kobalt built the Double-Drive with unique gearing that turns a screwdriver bit in the same direction while turning the handle in either direction. A direction selection switch allows you to quickly change the direction of bit rotation.
To clarify, with the direction switch set forward and one hand holding onto the blue sleeve, turning the handle in either clockwise or counterclockwise directions will rotate the screwdriver bit clockwise to drive in and tighten fasteners. Righty-tighty, lefty-tighty! When reversed, righty-loosey, lefty-loosey!
To engage the Double-Drive mechanism, you hold onto the screwdriver’s blue sleeve with one hand, and turn the handle with the other. If for some reason you cannot hold onto the blue sleeve with your other hand, the screwdriver will still operate in the same manner as a ratcheting screwdriver.
Lowes is bundling the Kobalt Double-Drive as part of a 19pc screwdriving set that includes a small flex-shaft extension, 6 nutdriver bits, 22 screwdriver bits, and a bit case. The screwdriver also features on-board bit storage so you can carry a few bits inside the handle to save space when on-the-go.
The 29pc Double-Drive screwdriver set is priced at $19.97 and is now available for purchase with free in-store pickup.
Update: The 29pc set has been replaced by a new 32pc combo set:
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Be sure to check out our Kobalt Double Drive Screwdriver Review! And if you think a ratcheting screwdriver may be better suited for your needs, we very highly recommend this Channellock ratcheting multi-bit driver!