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The Maxi S5 claims to be the “only Phillips driver you’ll ever need.”  Maxi promises it’ll drive fasteners normally requiring #0 to #3 Phillips bits without slipping or tearing up the fastener.  Late-night-TV boasts aside, that sets of my BS alert.

Its tip features a slightly concave area at the extreme tip with thin wings to fit inside small #0 fasteners while widening closer to the top for larger Phillips sizes.

Hey — maybe it works fine.  But we have our doubts as to the strength of the thin wings, and we wonder if it represents any significant cost savings.  Wouldn’t it make more sense to own an entire set of cheap drivers with many sizes of both standard and Phillips for the same money?  Is it worth $8?  Let us know in comments.

The Maxi S5 [Redback Tools]
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12 Responses to Hot or Not? The Maxi S5 Driver

  1. McAngryPants says:

    not. they’re in denial that everyone should be using square drivers

  2. Rick says:

    Ditto – I vote NOT as well. .

    I don’t know about you, but over time I end up wearing out my bits. (or losing them, but that’s another point entirely).
    What happens when this one wears enough to be ineffective? You have to buy a new driver.
    If it came in bit form at least – maybe.

    The whole company has some pretty um.. questionable products. Like the SketchTape.. What’s up with that?

  3. Stuey says:


    $4.79 @ amazon, not too bad.

  4. Stuey says:


    They also make a 1/4″ drive bit for a bit less @ $1.75. I’m adding it to my cart; it’ll make a nice filler to boost me over $25 for free shipping.

    (TM guys – feel free to edit my links w/ a referral tag)

  5. James says:

    Your ideal driver should completely fill the recess of the screw head to better transfer the torque and avoid slippage. I would imagine using this screwdriver would be like always using the wrong size.

  6. eschoendorff says:

    Not. It’s not Snap On, therefore it won’t turn a screw worth a shit.

    hee hee hee

  7. Brau says:

    The BS as far as I’m concerned is that it uses Phillips screws and it’s the screw that strips, not the driver. I never use anything other than Robertson’s wherever possible. So I vote NOT.

  8. Old Donn says:

    Not. 1) the old credo “use the right tool for the job” applies here. And, 2) gimmick tools are a waste of money. The Gator Grip socket comes to mind. Stuff like this always winds up rusting at the bottom of the toolbox or on the table at your next garage sale for 50 cents. However cheap it might be, save your money. A decent set of screwdrivers are readily available and not all that expensive.

  9. I’m interested. The Phillips tip on the Swiss-Tech pocket tools is strangely capable — it fits #1, #2, and #3 screws at least as well as most regular drivers. It’s what I reach for when I’m worried about stripping a screw. I’ve said for a long time that if Swiss-Tech sold 1/4″ insert bits with this unique tip, I’d buy a pile of them. Now it looks like someone else had the same idea.

    That being said, a properly sized screwdriver should be able to deliver more torque than any “universal” tool. Should. Perhaps most screwdrivers are just crap?

    The standard Phillips tip has a lot of room for improvement, and not just this way: http://www.instructables.com/id/E49TNOEY9IEP286K44/

    I’d definitely try one of these, and if it didn’t suck I’d probably keep it in the car toolkit.

  10. Rob says:

    MaxiS5 works. Me and my whole motor cycle club own one. When we go riding in the bush we only have to take one phillips instead of a box. Why dont you tools by one instead of going on with BS. obiously not a site for tradies!

  11. Stuey says:


    $2 as part of today’s amazon friday sale.

  12. Philogic says:

    I saw an ad for the Maxi S5, and figured it was total BS; but then i found them on sale cheap enough to try, and figured I’d give them a shot.

    I have 2. I keep 1 in the kitchen, and 1 in my desk. When I’m in the garage working on a project, I’ll grab the proper tool; but when something unexpected comes up around the house (like changing a battery, tightening a cabinet hinge, or replacing a light bulb in the microwave), these are PERFECT.

    I don’t use them for any application that requires a ton of torque (although they might actually be able to handle it), for fear of stripping the screw; but for everyday applications, these screwdrivers are incredibly handy.

    Don’t write them off until you’ve actually tried one for yourself.

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