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Crank action screwdrivers pre-date cordless drivers, but they are still handy enough to be useful today.  Trying to make their Rapi-Driv screwdrivers more functional, Klein now sells a version with interchangeable tips. They may not have been the first company to stick an interchangeable bit holder on their crank action screwdriver, but theirs is the only version I could find.

The Rapi-Driv screwdriver comes with a dual-ended bit.  At one end is a 3/16″ slotted tip, at the other is a #2 Phillips, and in the middle of the shank is a spring loaded ball to lock it into the holder.  It’s the same bit that’s used in their 10-in-1 and 11-in-1 drivers.  So technically you should also be able to use any bit from either of those drivers.

If you want to carry one less screwdriver in your pocket, the new Rapi-Driv will cost you $10.

For extra credit, read what Harbor Freight says about their offset screwdrivers.  Evidently the person that writes their copy doesn’t understand how these screwdrivers work, or basic geometry for that matter.

Rapi-Driv Screwdriver [Klein]
Via Amazon [What’s This?]

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6 Responses to Rapi-Driv Screwdriver With Changeable Bits

  1. Jerry says:

    Just trying to figure out what obstruction these might get you past 😉 – the HF ones, that is. Since I already tote the Klein offsets (yes, 2 of them) I will not likely buy this new version for some time. The ones I have now are at least 4 or 5 years old and look like they are near new so won’t need replacing soon. Even with a variety of cordless powered devices at hand, I still use the manual Kleins a lot – every day.

  2. Wayne D. says:

    I made my own with an interchangeable tip from scratch back in 2000. I even used a lathe to hollow out and thread the the handle stock to keep my bits in there. I should post a picture of it in the photo pool.

  3. David Bryan says:

    I’ve got a plain older one I’ve had for about 25 years, but I can’t remember who made it, and I can’t make it out on the handle anymore. I’ve got another one that looks older, and I’ve got one that’s jointed and spring-loaded and free-spinning and all kinds of stuff that’s actually pretty useful that I’ve had about 20 years, I think. Can’t remember who made it, either, and I think it still says something on the handle but I can’t get to it right now.

  4. Jupe Blue says:

    I use my flat blade offset to poke holes in drywall and then rotate it to check for obstructions before cutting the hole for an electrical box. I would be afraid that the interchangeable tip would fall off as I pulled it out of the wall. I think I’ll stick to my flat tip and use my Black & Decker cordless screwdriver for other tips. I regularly (like a 50 times a day) use a #1 & #2 square drive and a #2 Phillips tip.

  5. Gough says:

    This might be pretty handy, but I’d worry about losing the tips. I’ve been carrying the small slotted and the #2 phillips versions for years. Everytime I go into a big box or an electrical-supply house, I look for the #2 square drive version, but haven’t found one yet. I know I could get one from Amazon, but don’t want to spring for the extra cost of shipping.

  6. The Motts says:

    I have a changeable bit driver like this that came from Wal Mart when they sold tools under the Popular Mechanics brand.

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