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Rick says: “As for my favorite tool — That’s gotta be my ratcheting screwdriver…  Anytime something needs fixing, I grab that first to go check it out.  If a friend calls that they have a loose door, busted door knob, some electric problem, or that their refrigerator door opens the wrong way, I just grab that screwdriver and the figure what else (if anything) I might need.”

 

The one pictured above comes from Craftsman for $25, though some readers suggest that the Snap-on version is quite desirable at $42.25. 

The Craftsman Ratcheting Screwdriver [via] [Sears]
Snap-on’s Ratcheting Screwdriver [Snap-on]

Update: This seems to be the one that our readers enjoy from Snap-on.

 

8 Responses to Reader Find: Craftsman Ratcheting Screwdriver

  1. eschoendorff says:

    I have more than a few ratcheting screwdrivers. I have the GearDriver (Matco version) as well as a few Craftsman… but my all-time favorite is this one from Snap On:

    http://buy1.snapon.com/catalog/item.asp?P65=&tool=all&item_ID=65&group_ID=702&store=snapon-store&dir=catalog

    In my humble opinion, this is the best out there. If you’re going to buy just one ratcheting screwdriver, mke it this one. You’ll never be sorry….

  2. Andy says:

    totally agree with eschoendorff. There is simply no better…

  3. Myself says:

    So where does one get double-ended bits, anyway? I’m unlikely to ever need the square drivers that come with these tools, but I’d love a wider variety of Torx sizes. Also, I’d like to trade in all but one of the straightblade tips for a full set of Philips sizes. I find all sorts of places offering single-ended screwdriver tips, but nobody seems to have the double-ended ones for individual purchase.

  4. Rick says:

    Hey Myself…

    They are out there.. just a matter of finding a retailer that has them.. Vermont American for one makes them:
    http://www.vermontamerican.com/Products/productdetail.htm?G=191847&GRP=191847&I=72136

  5. Myself says:

    Thanks, Rick!

    It’s funny that you can get 4 sizes of Torx in 2 bits, but if you want 4 sizes of Philips, you’re screwed. (ha!) You can get 3 sizes of Philips, but it takes 3 bits and you get a bunch of redundant straightblade tips while you’re at it. Oh well. I just need a small CNC lathe and a pile of hex bar stock….

  6. Andy says:

    Those aren’t double ended bits. They’re normal ones positioned back to back. Which is good.

  7. Peter says:

    I just picked up a terrible screwdriver and some lousy bits. Just to warn people: I am partial to the Ridgid ratcheting screwdriver, now off the market. So, having stopped at a total of three places and not found it, I gave up and bought a Stanley screwdriver.

    It’s far heavier than it needs to be, and for all that weight, the magnet is very weak – adequate to hold the tip, but not enough to make it possible to pick up screws with the tip. Very disappointing.

    Also, I found a wonderful set of Craftsman tips years ago. Unable to locate them, I grabbed a set of Skil tips that looked okay to me. The build on the housing is terrible, and the tips themselves aren’t much better.

    I will find a place that sells the Snap-On and spend up. I would far rather spend a few dollars extra than make do with this garbage.

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