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Beginningwoodworker

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11-04-2010 07:10 PM

I need a screwdriver set, but I dont wont to spend to much dollars.

I am looking at this basic craftsman set http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_00941809000P?mv=rr

or this woodworker’s screwdriver set from highland woodworking

http://www.highlandwoodworking.com/woodworkersscrewdriverssetof5.aspx?list-product=296112


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#1 posted 11-04-2010 07:31 PM

CJIII, while I can’t comment on those two sets, I do have a suggestion. It seems that every hardware store has these red plastic handled 4-in-1 screwdrivers with large and small flat and phillips drivers. I did a brief search on the internet to no avail, but I see them everywhere. They are usually in the bargain bin, and are very handy. I end up carrying one in my pocket and it takes care of 90 % of my driver needs. Of course, there are always going to be situations that require something different ( stubby, offset, xtra long), these I have bought as the need arose, and I now have quite a collection. I still use the red handled 4-in-1 for just about everything.

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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#2 posted 11-04-2010 07:34 PM

This is what you want.http://www.amazon.com/Klein-32477-10-Screwdriver-Driver/dp/B0002RI5EY

I have about 4 of these myself and every other tradesman I know from work has one. They are great quality and will cover 95% of your needs.

-- Kyle Shipp, http://battleshipp.blogspot.com

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interpim

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#3 posted 11-04-2010 07:41 PM

If you are any good on a lathe here is a set for under $17 from Lee Valley
http://www.leevalley.com/US/wood/page.aspx?p=64983

-- San Diego, CA

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hairy

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#4 posted 11-04-2010 07:44 PM

Right off the bat, the Craftsman are $20 cheaper, but there is 1 less screwdriver. I’ve never used the others, but I do have some of the Craftsman. They aren’t my favorite, but they do alright.

Usually, if I have a lot of screws to drive, I put a bit in a drill.

-- stay thirsty my friends...

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CharlieM1958

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#5 posted 11-04-2010 07:56 PM

Charles, spend $3 more on this set and you’ll have pretty much all the sizes you need:

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_00947136000P?mv=rr&i_cntr=1288893254880

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 11-04-2010 09:08 PM

I agree with CharlieM, I have a similar Craftsman set although mine had a pair of stuby drivers too. They work well, the handles are sized appropriately and I have yet to have a problem. If you have a Sears near you, then it is just too easy to deal with them in case you have to replace one with the warranty.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#7 posted 11-04-2010 09:33 PM

I use screwdrivers a lot. I carry 3:
A good quality 4 in 1 as nailbanger suggests, but I have a good one, not a bargain bin. It really works 90% of the time, and has very few faults, and lots of positives. One really good thing is that it doesn’t have any “backlash”

Then I have a ratcheting bit holder (hex) driver with a set of bits in the handle, and i have a box of more unusual bits. I like the flexibility of the hex bit approach, and the ratchet is great in some circumstances. However, even though I have a really good one (Snap on), it’s not as positive a drive as the 4 in 1. It’s always a bit loose, between the ratchet action and the hex bit holder. I’ve tried a fixed (not ratchet) bit holder, and it’s a little better, but not as good as the 4:1. I consistently reach for the 4 in 1, and go to the bit set if I need an odd bit, or the ratchet.

Then I have, depending on the job, either a really big, or a really small screwdriver.

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NBeener

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#8 posted 11-04-2010 09:34 PM

I’m STILL a big fan of Craftsman for hand tools, and have LONG used and abused a set of their screwdrivers.

So … I can recommend THAT option.

-- -- Neil

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#9 posted 11-04-2010 09:38 PM

you Could invest in A quality bit Set !

1 Driver – Multiple replaceable bits !!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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brtech

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#10 posted 11-04-2010 09:39 PM

I use screwdrivers a lot. I carry 3:
A good quality 4 in 1 as nailbanger suggests, but I have a good one (a Craftsman), not a bargain bin. It really works 90% of the time, and has very few faults, and lots of positives. One really good thing is that it doesn’t have any “backlash”

Then I have a ratcheting bit holder (hex) driver with a set of bits in the handle, and i have a box of more unusual bits. I like the flexibility of the hex bit approach, and the ratchet is great in some circumstances. However, even though I have a really good one (Snap on), it’s not as positive a drive as the 4 in 1. It’s always a bit loose, between the ratchet action and the hex bit holder. I’ve tried a fixed (not ratchet) bit holder, and it’s a little better, but not as good as the 4:1. I consistently reach for the 4 in 1, and go to the bit set if I need an odd bit, or the ratchet.

Then I have, depending on the job, either a really big, or a really small screwdriver.

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Beginningwoodworker

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#11 posted 11-04-2010 10:01 PM

I going to get the Klein 32477 10-in-1 Screwdriver/Nut Driver since I dont drive that many screws by hand.

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#12 posted 11-04-2010 10:24 PM

You can’t go far wrong with Klein. One of the few brands out there that seems to care about consistant quality. Their stuff is never the cheapest, but it’s always a good value.
A couple items I would add to that multi-function screwdriver is an extension shaft and a right angle stubby. The only times I have not been able to use the multi-function was when I needed a longer reach, or I needed something short for tight places. Irwin makes a real nice extension.

-- Michael: Hillary has a long list of accomplishments, though most DAs would refer to them as felonies.

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Bob Kollman

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#13 posted 11-05-2010 05:57 AM

Craftsman snap on all the same with a different price. Never heard of klein. I prefer a large assortment though,
I know for 20 bucks you can find a really nice set that will even meet your unexpected needs in the future. I
bought a taiwanese set (really really cheap), but man I had those things for 20 years before I lost them all. Happy shopping!!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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Woodwrecker

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#14 posted 11-05-2010 06:11 AM

That 10 in 1 Klien Kyle told you about is a beauty.
Also, remember that Craftsman is guaranteed for life.
Both are nice.

-- Eric, central Florida

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#15 posted 11-05-2010 07:59 AM

I have used screwdrivers most work days for the last 42 years. Mostly I use Klien as most electricians do. I have used Craftsman from Sears a lot. Can’t say as I could really tell much difference in them. The phillips head will wear out and hve to be replaced on all of them. The straight slotted type will wear off rounded and need regrinding or replacement. If you don’t use them a lot, either will last forever :-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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