Wiha has just come out with a new battery-powered micro bit screwdriver (model 75989). The driver is powered by 3 AAA batteries and comes with 38 micro screwdriver bits, a manual slim static dissipating handle, and a metal storage case.
There are a couple of battery-powered micro-bit drivers already on the market, but their designs don’t really engender a sense of quality. Granted I haven’t tried any of them out, but there’s something I really don’t like about tools that are only promoted around major tool-gift-giving holidays. Once the holidays pass, such tools always disappear from store shelves.
Wiha is quite possibly the top name in precision screwdrivers, so I’m more inclined to take their battery-powered micro bit driver a little more seriously. Unfortunately, it also comes with a serious price of $95-$120.
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- Slotted bits: .8, 1.2, 1.5, 1.8, 2, 2.5, 3, 3.5, 4mm
- Phillips bits: #000, #00, #0, #1
- Torx bits: T3, T4, T5, T6, T7, T8, T9, T10, T15
- Hex bits (inch): .050, 1/16, 5/64, 3/32, 7/64, 1/8, 9/64, 5/32″
- Hex bits (metric): .71, .89, 1.27, 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3, 4mm
Milwaukee makes a nice cordless screwdriver that comes with 2 rechargeable batteries and charger. Reconditioned ones come up on Amazon for around $60.
this has been out for sometime. you can get just the electric driver by itself for less then 30 bucks. its foreign made, not german.
You really cannot (should not) use a full-size cordless screwdriver with precision or micro bits. Drivers like the Milwaukee you mentioned are designed for driving wood screws and other medium and large-size fasteners. Using them with precision bits will often results in damage to the machine screws, bits, and/or parts.
You are absolutely right.In a buiding construction environment we think about screwdrivers , impact drivers etc. as a tool that can drive anything from small Teks to lags. But even in this environment – you can overtorque a screw (e.g. a brass hinge or similar screw) and snap its head off. In manufacturing, torque controlled screwdrivers (the Mountz brand comes to mind) are normally used – and adjusted to suit the screw and its application. Unfortunately an electric (usually transformer powered) torque controlled screwdriver does not come cheap.
I was pretty excited until the last sentence. Unfortunately, there is no way I could justify this purchase for myself. Sure looks sweet though! Maybe someday…
Did a little looking at WIHA’s own site – and they have it for $84 and change. Allspec is also selling it for about $1 less
The other interesting thing is that Wiha says the bits and manual handle are from Germany – while the battery-powered driver is from China
The above review for Wiha micro drill was good, except the fact that the battery powered driver itself, is made in China. I remember, as a youngster in the ’50s, items made in China were totally junk, but they’ve greatly improved their quality and now the things they produce are pretty good quality.
Wait so the bits and manual handle are made in Germany, yet the battery powered driver is made in China? When I say the Wiha brand on this, I would have figured the unit would be made in Germany. As every tool I’ve bought from Wiha has been made in Germany.
No pun intended, but I am a bit surprised to say the least.
I tried finding it on Wiha USA’s site, but I kept hitting a sale page dead-end instead of a product page. AllSpec is a good alternative to Amazon, but shipping fees close the bottom-line price gap.
I believe the “ProTurn” designation is to differentiate the driver handle as an outsourced component.
This is the page that I saw:
I like the bit set but i do not like the price of it.
Does anyone know where I can purchase the battery end cap that screws onto the end of the drill?