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TM has covered stubby* drivers before (e.g., 2/10/07, 7/10/09, and 7/14/09), and their usefulness when just nothing else will fit. Now Wiha has five new stubby 6-In-1 bit sets. The bits are stored in the “Ergo Soft Grip” handle and the overall length, with a bit inserted in the ¼” SS holder, is just 2.5″. Bit sets include Torx model 38045 (T8, T10, T15, T20, T25, and T30), security Torx model 38047 (same sizes), ball hex model 38056 (1/8″, 9/64″, 5/32″, 3/16″, 7/32″, and 1/4″), slotted/Phillips/square model 38048 (4.5, 6.5, P#1, P#2, square #1, and square #2), and, pictured above, slotted/Phillips/pozi model 38043 (4.5, 6.5, P#1, P#2, pozi #1, and pozi #2).

Depending on the type of bits, street pricing runs from a little under $15 to around $25.

What’s your take on these versions? Do you prefer these changeable-bit types, or would you rather have fixed-bit drivers?

Stubby 6-in-1 Multi-Bit Driver Sets [Manufacturer’s Site]
Wiha 38043 Via Amazon [What’s This?]
Wiha 38056 Via Amazon [What’s This?]

*I must have some major brain-finger disconnect when it coming to typing “stubby” as I am constantly typing “stuffy” instead.

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7 Responses to Wiha Stubby 6-In-1 Sets

  1. shopmonger says:

    wow i have one i got for 3-4$ and i love it. ratcheting is great for when you are under a dash….

    ShopMonger

  2. Tom C says:

    I have a a cheap 99 cent one that has a bit holder that also fits in the handle. I replaced most of the bits with better ones an added pozidrive bits. It lives in my ski pack tool kit.

  3. Jerry says:

    This looks like a good tool to toss in a pocket if you need such a device. I have looked around at these things and there are a lot of companies making similar items – most are a bit bigger (length) though. Also, a lot do not have bits or bit storage. I like Tom C’s idea of the el cheapo stocked with your own bits. We all have a bunch of the bits that we regularly use most and that is the ones we want in our drivers.

  4. mattk says:

    I use Wiha brand screwdrivers at work and love them.

  5. heywood j says:

    I would recommend getting one of these over something much cheaper; Wiha makes superior bits and many of their tools are superior to others as well.

    I spent a lot of time looking around for an American manufacturer that made decent screwdrivers and was very disappointed; it seems almost none of the U.S. manufacturers make decent drivers anymore.

  6. Chris Ball says:

    Heywood, If you will settle for Canada I’ve always liked my Picquics http://www.picquic.com/pro.html. Mind you I may be a bit biased since they are a local company.

    The website is pretty weak though, they don’t even have their teeny turner stubbies on the site.

  7. KoKo the Talking Ape says:

    I love replaceable tip screwdrivers. The tip is the part that wears out. Replace the tip, and you have a new tool. And worn-out screwdrivers suck. Also you can pick up crazy torx or square drive tips easily and cheaply.

    Once I had a problem with a stubby. This one had a regular hex bit holder like you use in drills, and it just slid into a plastic handle with a hex hole. That’s fine, but the handle was made out of soft plastic, which deformed from the torque and let the bit holder spin in its hole. Worthless. I have others which are made from fiber-reinforced plastic, and they work great.

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