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This appears to be a pretty slick-looking t-handle ratcheting screwdriver.  According to the manufacturer, the ratchet withstands up to 300 lbs. of torque.  Details:

  • 24-in-1 multi-use ratcheting screwdriver
  • T-handle produces superior torque and leverage
  • Patented ratchet withstands up to 300 lbs. of torque
  • 3 blade lengths: standard, compact, and stubby
  • Ergonomic screwdriver design is comfortable, convenient, and durable
  • 6 versatile tips for home and job-site applications
  • 1/4″ square adaptor for use with sockets as a nut driver
  • Precision S2 steel tool grade bits are hardened to Rockwell 60 to ensure strength and precise fit
  • Retailers Choice Awards – 2002 Award of Distinction – National Hardware Show

It’s priced at $19.95 direct.  There’s also a non-ratcheting version available for $11.95.

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One Response to The SaberTooth Torque Driver

  1. Myself says:

    I picked one of these up some time ago and the first thing that struck me is how *heavy* it is. The plastic handle is incredibly beefy stuff, and it’s clear that the ratchet mechanism extends up inside the handle some distance.

    What the Toolmonger posting doesn’t clearly mention is that the front extension bar is reversible to a shorter side, giving you a compact version of the screwdriver for closer-quarters work. It’s a very well thought-out design.

    What does “300 lbs of torque” mean, anyway? Pounds aren’t a unit of torque unless combined with a unit of distance. Quarter-inch bits would shatter at the *thought* of 300 foot-pounds, so I’m assuming they mean 300 inch-pounds, or 25 foot-pounds, which is quite respectable for a screwdriver. It’s a shame their promotions and packaging people can’t specify a proper unit.

    Anyway, skeptical of the torque claims, the first thing I did when I unpacked the driver was rig up a ratchet-and-socket to grab onto the protruding 1/4″ hex shaft of a bit, wedge the ratchet under a vehicle tire, and proceed to crank as hard as I could on the driver’s extended wings. Nothing budged.

    I’d love to see one of these things “tested to failure” in a proper test rig. Toolmongers, are you listening?

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