Over at Sears, they’ve come out with a new Sears Craftsman ratcheting fixed-blade screwdriver set. That’s right, this is an 8pc set of ratcheting screwdrivers, each with its own ratcheting screwdriver handle.
I can’t say that I have ever seen anything like this before. In every instance I can think of, ratcheting screwdrivers have a 1/4″ hex bit socket, allowing users to swap bits as needed. Some work with industry standard 1/4″ hex bits, others with 1/4″ hex power bits, and some with proprietary or specially-sized 1/4″ hex bit with ball detents.
Each ratcheting screwdriver can be set to 3 positions – right, left, and locked.
There are 4 Phillips sizes – (2) P1 drivers, and (2) P2 drivers, and 4 slotted screwdriver sizes – (2) 1/4″ drivers, a 3/16″ driver, and a 5/16″ driver.
“Sale” Price: $26.24 for the set
In addition to my usual hesitations of Sears Craftsman quality these days, a big question stands out in my mind: How good can the ratcheting mechanism be when the price per screwdriver come out to be $3.28 each?
If this was a few years ago, I’d be very curious. Now, I’ll let someone else be the guinea pig.
If you want a good ratcheting screwdriver, I recommend Channellock’s, reviewed here, and available for ~$25 via Amazon. If you want a recommendation for a standard 1/4″ hex bit holder, look at this Megapro model.