Earlier today, Benjamen reviewed Dewalt’s MaxFit screwdrivers, which are pretty darned good. He’s not the only one that’s quite fond of them.
Someone mentioned ratcheting screwdrivers, and I couldn’t help myself from thinking about all of the ratcheting drivers I’ve used in recent memory. I tend to use individual screwdrivers more often than multi-bit and ratcheting drivers, but there are a lot of times when I rely on multi-bit and ratcheting drivers.
As previously discussed, we went through a move. This meant packing up all of my tools, including my many dozens of individual screwdrivers of all styles, sizes, and brands. I haven’t unpacked them yet, and have been using my Channellock ratcheting screwdriver quite a lot lately.
I have been using that driver and my go-to Wera flex-head ratchet sets a lot these month, and couldn’t help myself from gushing about them.
I reviewed the Megapro-made Channellock ratcheting screwdriver a few years ago, and it remains as good and well-recommended a driver now as it was then. Would I buy it again? Probably. Maybe. More on that in a moment.
I did notice that it skipped a few gears at times, but generally when pushed really hard. It’s held up quite well, longer than other inexpensive ratcheting screwdrivers have lasted in my hands.
It’s priced at $30 and is well worth it. Lesser ratcheting drivers are okay, this one is smoother and more comfortable to use.
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There’s one thing I don’t quite like about the Channellock driver, and that’s its double-sided bits. Sometimes I like the convenience of double-ended bits, but not when I come across a task where I need to pull out different insert bit size or style and a completely different tool because 1″ bits don’t fit the Channellock screwdriver.
Good news, Megapro makes a similar ratcheting screwdriver that works with standard 1″ bits, for around $36-36. The internals are the same, and only the bit holder and storage compartment are different. Since this one is geared towards automotive applications, maybe the handle is more resilient to certain fluids and chemicals.
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I have also been using my Wera Zyklop sets a lot. There are plenty of gimbal-head ratchets out there these days, but I find the Wera Zyklop ratchets, recently rebranded as Wera “Speed” ratchets, to be quicker and better to use. Aside from that one time I dropped a socket into my car’s engine bay, the quick release socket lock mechanism works like a charm.
When used in inline mode, they don’t turn as easily as a good ratcheting screwdriver, due to the handle being a little shorter, but their versatility more than makes up for this. The ratchets fits in areas too tight for my Channellock ratcheting screwdriver, and I can flip the handle, from inline to 90°, for greater torque.
Best of all, my 1/4″ and 3/8″ sets are compact and tidy, easy to pack into my minimalist rolling tool box.
Tell us about your favorite ratcheting screwdrivers!