Proto’s Duratek screwdrivers are fantastic new drivers that were designed for the most demanding users. They feature hard impact and chemical resistant handles, strong shafts, and durable precision tips.
A couple of years ago I purchased a Proto Phillips #2 screwdriver ($14 via Amazon), just to try out. One can never have enough #2 screwdrivers, right? It was a really nice screwdriver – comfortable to use and with a durable tip. That Proto screwdriver was pretty decent, but these Duratek ones – they’re fantastic!
- Durable hard handles made from a nylon blend
- Quad-lobed handle geometry for comfort and high torque turning
- Hex bolsters (some styles and sizes)
- High polish easy-clean shaft
- Molded tip identification at end of handle
Proto Duratek screwdrivers are available with Phillips, slotted, Torx, and square tips, and there are also both inch and metric nut drivers.
These drivers have started becoming available at major industrial suppliers and Proto dealers.
I have been testing out Mac Tools’ versions of these Duratek screwdrivers, and so my claim that these drivers are amazing comes from first-hand experience. I have been working use of these screwdrivers into my regular projects, and it’s important to emphasize that these are hard-handled screwdrivers.
Hard-handled screwdrivers are great for when working around grease, solvents, and other chemicals that would ordinarily turn cushioned and soft-lined screwdrivers into mush. They’re not as comfortable to use for certain tasks, but they’re easy to clean and far more durable than many other styles of screwdrivers.
So when I say they’re fantastic screwdrivers, you should keep in mind the types of applications and environments these drivers were designed for. That’s not to say they’re not as ergonomic as Proto claims, because they are pretty comfortable to use, but they’re not quite as luxurious in my hands as other soft-touch drivers I’ve used.
These drivers are aimed at users in industrial, aerospace, and automotive industries, but they’re priced affordably enough for DIYers as well.
If you’re looking for comfortable and durable screwdrivers that are impervious to industrial, aerospace, and automotive chemicals such as brake cleaner, hydraulic fluid, brake fluid, gasoline, acetone, motor oil, and coolant, you should definitely check these out.
Proto Duratek screwdrivers are manufactured in the USA.
Here’s a quick promo video that shows how these drivers are made: