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Quick-Wedge Slotted Screwdrivers

Magnetic screwdrivers are great, but they can’t grip non-ferrous screws, and sometimes they just aren’t strong enough to hold the screw at every angle. Quick-Wedge screwdrivers take a different approach: with their split blade design, they apply force to the edge of the screw slot.

The split blade keeps the screw firmly on the end of the screwdriver so you can start and drive the screw with one hand. And because it uses mechanical force instead of magnetism to hold the screw, the Quick-Wedge screwdriver can drive brass, plastic, stainless steel, and many other screws made from non-ferrous materials.

To use the Quick-Wedge driver, seat the slotted screw on the tip of the screwdriver. Then move the tube forward to apply force against the edges of the screw slot. Drive the screw, then release it from the screwdriver by sliding the tube back towards the handle.

Using the Quick-Wedge screwdriver

The original Quick-Wedge screwdrivers cost $6 to $10 apiece. The Pro series run $10 to $14 apiece, and if you really feel like dropping some serious coin, the 1000V series will set you back $25 to $35. Now if they only made something like this for Phillips, Robertson, torx …

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6 Responses to Quick-Wedge Slotted Screwdrivers

  1. Fred says:

    In my experience these are more screwstarters than they are screwdrivers.
    The split blade does not allow full torque to be applied to screws in most carpentry applications. Like Hunter Magic Tip (they have a center spot on the blade that rotates to capture the screw slot) screwdrivers – I think that the Quick-Wedge were primarily marketed for the electronics industry. Ullman also markets a screwstarters, I think aimed at the automotive industry:

    http://www.houseoftools.com/product.htm?pid=12609

    In most cases, where I’ve used these to start screws- the work fine – but then you need to switch over to a conventional driver to complete the task.

  2. Jacob says:

    These are definitely screw starters. If you try to put any real torque on these, the blade will just pop out of the screw. If you’re lifting wires in an energized component, you use a regular screwdriver to loosen the screw, and one of these to lift it away without having to touch anything.

  3. Simon says:

    They are good for electrical work where you can’t really put your hand in the box to hold the fastener without being electrocuted. Someone makes these with a sliding release and insulated for electrical work. If you are not lucky enough to have square drive as an option, these make sense.

  4. David Leask says:

    Quick-Wedge screw holding screwdrivers are designed to hold and start screws in difficult to reach places. Quick-Wedge offers three types; Original series, Pro series and 1000 Volt series. The original series is the basic model and is recommended for the mechanical trades. The Pro series has a cushion grip and an insulated shaft that will give you low voltage electrical protection. The 1000 Volt series was designed for the electrical trades and is ASTM F1505-01 Certified to protect up to 1,000 volts. I used the Quick-Wedge product line for 30 years working while for the utilities.
    I like the product so much, I now sell the Screwdrivers. http://www.encorestore.com

  5. [...] checkout). TM has posted about screw-holding screwdrivers before (TM 9/1/09, 4/15/09, 5/30/08, and 1/30/08), but this is the first one I’ve seen that combines screw-holding with multi-bit options [...]

  6. Jeff Nish says:

    Hi, Im the owner of Quick-Wedge® specialty screwdrivers.
    Thanks for writing the article Ben and David for elaborating on our product categories.

    The official site for Quick-Wedge® is http://www.quickwedge.com

    We hope you enjoy our AMERICAN made tools.

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