When we first saw these a while back, we called them “screwdrivers designed to do all the things you’re not supposed to do with a screwdriver” — like hammering, prying, and generally destroying things. We also knew that we needed to get our hands on a set to see if they’re really as sturdy as they look in pictures.
And what better way is there to test a demolition screwdriver than to break s#!% with it? That’s exactly what we did. The results: we hate to use the word “unbreakable,” but these are some tough-ass screwdrivers. Read on past the jump for some serious first hand abuse and lots of pictures.
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Bless Stanley for skipping the ubiquitous clamshell packaging for good ‘ole cardboard backing. Getting at these drivers is as simple as pushing on the package to poke the tips out the back.
The heart of these drivers’ durability comes from what Stanley calls the “thru-tang bar” — which in plain English means that the shaft extends all the way through the handle to a cold-formed steel “striking cap” at the top. So, when you bash the crap out of it with a hammer, the force you’re applying is borne by the driver’s steel components as opposed to the plastic handle.
As you can see in pictures, there’s also a significant plug of metal beneath the end cap to help absorb your destructive force and transfer it through the driver.
Stanley also thoughtfully provided these drivers with a specially-formed shaft that’s “shatter resistant,” a feature helpful when you’re using it as a pry bar.
These screwdrivers also feature a rubber grip with a little indent at the front that’s perfect placement for your thump when prying.
Once out in the shop, our first order of business was to find something to demolish. The 2×4 you see in these pictures is actually an old one that we used a long time back in our test of Bosch’s PS10 I-Driver; we drove hundreds of screws into this board, and only removed some of them. Hence it was sitting over in the corner waiting to serve as fodder for a test like this.
We started out by using a framing hammer — which seemed certain to mar the demolition driver’s end cap — to drive it into the 2×4. As you can see from the photos, it did make some little dimples, but nothing significant.
Continuing along our theme of doing everything you shouldn’t with a screwdriver, we drove the demo driver in deeper, then used the shaft as a pry bar to split the 2×4 completely in two. We then gouged out a hole using the end of the driver as a chisel, twisting it to apply radial stress to the handle.
Finally, we used a FUBAR and a small sledge to actually drive the screwdriver completely through the 2×4, handle and all. This is clearly something you’d never want to actually do with your tools.
The results: a few gouges in the handle, shaft, and tip and a few “craze” marks inside the handle’s plastic. This driver still feels sturdy and comfortable to hold.
In short, it’s fine.
Read on to page 2 for our conclusions.
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