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Craftsman  Grip Driver Ratcheting Magnetic Screwdriver with 6 Pc. Bit Set

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Dimensions and Capacity:
Overall Dimensions: Bit Size: Slotted- 0.187, 0.28, 0.25 in.; Phillips- P1, P2, P3
Product Overview:
Quantity in Set: 8 pc.
Screwdriver Type: Standard
Tip Type: Phillips, Slotted
Handles:
Handle Type: Chemical resistant
Bits, Materials & Finish:
Bits Included: Yes

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Product Description

Includes: 1 ratcheting magnetic screwdriver, 6 bits (Slotted: 3/16, 9/32, 1/4 in.; Phillips: P1, P2, P3), 1 bit holder. Total of 8 pieces.

  • Handle angles to increase torque by transferring arm strength to screw head
  • Patented chemical-resistant handle can be used in-line or angled
  • Ratcheting bit holder has power magnet to hold bits tight
  • Bit holder quickly adjusts to 3 functions: forward, reverse, locked

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Added on April 15, 2010

 

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3 Reviewers (38.0%) would recommend this to a friend.
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dmccan

fredericksburg, VA

Sep 10 , 2010
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the worst part is the handle

not bad, but i think there are better out there.  the handle seems to pivot at the worst possible moments and any screw/bolt requiring the handle to be in the down position seems to strip out anyway.  in the vertical position the handle is uncomfortable/awkward.


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RBFLASH

Cincinnati, OH

Feb 19 , 2010
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Not what I expected

 

Given the fact that this item is made in Germany, I had higher expectations. I found it on clearance for about half the retail price. Although I wouldn't have paid the regular price, I felt justified at the discounted rate. 

When I opened the package and examined the tool, to say that I was disappointed would be an understatement. First of all, I normally equate "German made" with smooth ratchets and quality components. I was therefore dismayed at the surprisingly stiff ratchet. The mechanism would intermittently stick and was anything but smooth. I first assumed that it needed to be broken in. I then worked with it a little in an attempt to do so. That had no effect however on the ease of ratcheting or lack thereof.

The next issue is that the grip doesn't lock in the driving position. It's not even tight enough to remain in place. It moves way too easily while driving, which left me with a sense of less than secure control. It also produced a concern of possible slippage which could damage the work or cause injury. It didn't slip on me, but the sense of control was poor at best. I prefer a solid tool that won't shift in settings unless otherwise desired, especially when applying torque.

There is enough of a grip for a decent hold on the tool. On the other hand, it's still compact enough for confined spaces with the grip in the tilted position. I wasn't thrilled with the bit storage "feature." It appears to be a recipe for misplaced bits. At the same time, I'm not one who likes many bits on a driver anyway. A lot of bits only translate to additional weight. I prefer a lighter driver, and therefore like to carry the bits separately. The driver has some weight, but it's reasonable without the additional bits.  

The tip has a strong magnet that transfers some of the energy through the bits for holding fasteners. I was not concerned that the bits would easily pull out of the driver if stuck in a fastener.  

Although the item was on clearance, it was in a new and unopened package. In fact, there were probably five on clearance at the time. I may have simply purchased a lemon. I suspect however that it was the norm for this tool. If I had taken it apart and lubed the ratcheting mechanism with graphite, the operation might have been improved. Then again, that wouldn't have addressed the issues with the grip. In addition, I shouldn't have to "service" a new tool to bring it up to spec. That's particularly true at the retail price.

I normally feel pretty good about most of my tools from Sears. I also generally feel comfortable because of the warranty. When I returned the tool, they gave me no hassle whatsoever. In the case of this tool however, I cannot recommend it, nor would I consider trying another. I think that this item is on the verge of being discontinued. Hopefully its replacement will better reflect the "implied" quality, particularly since the item is billed as "Craftsman Professional."


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DIYType

Eugene, OR

Dec 17 , 2009
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Above Average

The most unique of my ratcheting magnetic screwdrivers.  The handle gives me lots of torque.  It holds 6 bits which is nice. Nice Black/Red color mix.  Excellent gift quality.  Made in Germany, I love German made tools, 11/13/09, $13, 47473

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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xman168

, California

Apr 14 , 2009
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4 stars

This is very good high quality screwdriver, but I would rather it is not magnetized because I can't work on my computer and have store it away from my computer tools. If the redesign it without the magnet bit holder, this is a very good tool to keep own.


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HANDYMANWANNABE

, CALIFORNIA

Sep 21 , 2007
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HEAVY TOOL

Straight to the point, PROS: the adjustable handle makes repetitive jobs a breeze; the ratcheting action is smooth and precise; if you've got a big job and you don't have a power screwdriver available, this is the next best thing. And now the CONS: the tool is HEAVY, you may not want to lug this bad boy on your tool belt; although I like the adjustable angled handle, it can slip in those very rare occasions and pinch your hand/fingers...very painful; the magnet is strong, very strong, maybe too strong, in some situations it can be down right irritating. Overall I love Craftsman tools, but unless you have a big job to do, this screwdriver is just average.


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ssam98

, Unknown

Aug 10 , 2007
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5 stars

a good made german tool.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Shutterbug

, Colorado

May 10 , 2007
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Nowhere for the bits to go.

The main issue I have with this screwdriver is that the bits are not stored well at all. The holder they are in seems like it should attach to the bit holder, which it does, but it spins around. The bits have no protection against falling out of the storage ring.


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engral2u

Glenpool, Oklahoma

Mar 4 , 2007
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Bit Storage

I like the design of this screwdriver and the way it works. My only dislike is the bit storage. I have a coworker that has the same numbered screwdriver that must have come out before the version I got and the bits are all stored in the handle. I find the bit holder for my screwdriver not secure enough to prevent loosing the bits if it gets tossed around very much. Other than that, the tool is handy to use the bits and have a magnetic grip to keep from dropping the screws in a tight spot. The ratchet feature is nice along with the reversing function. Let me know if the other version happens to come back with bit storage in handle. Good Tool.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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