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Forum topic by bubinga posted 04-12-2011 06:44 AM 10435 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-12-2011 06:44 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question ratcheting screwdriver

I have had 3 or 4 ratcheting screwdrivers , the only one that didn’t break, is OK , but the teeth in the ratcheting mechanism ,is to course.
Has any one had one that they, liked ,with fine teeth ????

-- E J ------- Always Keep a Firm Grip on Your Tool

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#1 posted 04-12-2011 07:35 AM

The closest I’ve come is the blue one with the aluminum handle sold at Lowes. Kolbolt? I think, what ever they call their tools. I’ve bought two of em, over the past few years. Both of them separated at the handle/rachet connection. So, no don’t get one of those. All the plastic handle ones I’ve tried of the years always broke the handle when I dropped them.
So anybody that comes up with a good one, with fine teeth, that they like, I’m looking for one too.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#2 posted 04-12-2011 05:50 PM

By far the best ratcheting screwdriver is made by Snap-On. I have several and they have never let me down. The mechanism is very smooth and the bits last forever. This is one I own.

-- John, The Great White North

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#3 posted 04-12-2011 06:01 PM

I have this one:

It’s very nice. Comfortable handle, bit storage. It has a long reach, which is handy.

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#4 posted 04-12-2011 06:24 PM

Snap-On is by far the best. I have 3 or 4 of them, the one I like the best has a T-handle. You can get some pretty good torque with that one. Check it out.

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#5 posted 04-12-2011 07:33 PM

I’ve never found a good ratcheting screwdriver. I see the Snap-Ons are rather pricey, but I’m sure they are worth it if you use them alot. I have better luck with the small racheting wrench kits from Ace. They take straight and phillips bits as well. They sell for aroung $10 on sale. Of course I only need it a few times a year.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#6 posted 04-13-2011 01:18 AM

I have the one that ykjohn has a link listed. Had it for about 15 years and still works great. It’s a pink one I got for a mother’s day present!

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#7 posted 04-14-2011 08:32 AM

Well I think I found the next best thing to a Snap On, Ratcheting Screw Driver
I bought the 56 piece set from Sears; for $35 , so far I like it, the Ratcheting mechanism has nice fine teeth.
It seems to be pretty good quality, time will tell.

The rest of info here was copied from a web site

GearWrench Ratcheting Driver
By Stuart Deutsch

GearWrench, well known for their ratcheting wrenches, also offers a nice line of configurable screwdrivers. Instead of just selecting the proper bit for a fastening task, you can choose which shaft and handle to use as well. GearWrench’s screwdriver handles also feature ratcheting mechanisms, which make these drivers even more appealing.

With the 40 piece set pictured above, you get an assortment of three handles, seven adapters and shafts, and a 30 piece bit assortment. Although the average street price of $55 seems high, the three ratcheting handles account for much of the cost.

56 Piece Set

eschoendorff Says:

February 4th, 2008 at 5:06 pm
I have the 56 piece set and I like it. It will not replace my Snap on ratcheting screwdriver, but it is a hell of a lot better than most other ratcheting screwdrivers out there.

Sear offers a more economical alternative, a 56 piece set available for $35. This set includes two handles, four shafts, and an assortment of bits and sockets.

-- E J ------- Always Keep a Firm Grip on Your Tool

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