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A holding screwdriver is a useful tool in many applications, because sometimes no matter how you try, you can’t hold the screw yourself.  So last year Wera introduced the Screw Gripper, an accessory that turns any of their screwdrivers, and probably most other brands, into a holding screwdriver.

The compact elastomer accessory slips over the the screwdriver tip of screwdriver. Two flexible grippers grab the screw while you’re getting the screw into position. When the grippers contact the surface, they will spread apart, moving out of the way of the screw head, which allows you to finish driving with the same driver, even if it’s counter-sunk or counter-bored.

The only place I could find these screw grippers for sale was online at Sears. There they are part of a set with two Lasertip screwdrivers that runs $30.

Screw Gripper [Wera]
Press Release [Wera]
Screw Gripper [Sears]

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11 Responses to Help Your Screwdriver Get A Grip

  1. Ben Granucci says:

    Loctite 248, which comes in a glue-stick type dispenser works well too. Lightly dip the screwdriver tip in it, and then press the screw on. Works well on hex, torx, and other fasteners where the driver shaft might be of a different size than a standard screwdriver.

  2. Jerry says:

    I haven’t looked for them recently but there used to be screwdrivers readily available with a metal slide for this job. The collar slid up to the handle when not being used. I’m sure I have at least a couple of these in the toolbox.

  3. Steve says:

    @Jerry

    There are several styles. They are called screw starters.

  4. craig says:

    jerry-
    quick (qwik) wedge screw drivers.

    but only for conventional screws not phillips, etc., as far as i know.

  5. Toolhearty says:

    Question: Anyone know why the wedge-type screw starters always made out of peanut butter (or metal with a peanut-butter-like hardness)?

    craig Says:
    quick (qwik) wedge screw drivers.
    but only for conventional screws not phillips, etc., as far as i know.

    There are wedgie-type starters for phillips also. One of the + blades is rotated slightly and is spring loaded.

  6. Mark says:

    That seems bulky and retarded. Will a magnetic screwdriver not work? Perhaps magnetizing your screwdriver temporarily (stroke a magnet along the shaft) will work. I like Ben Granucci’s idea.

  7. fred says:

    @ Mark

    On high end hardware – you get real brass screws – magnetic drivers don’t work – over torquing also can ruin brass screws – so hand driving or a light touch with your 12V driver is best. Also stainless steel screws – depending on the series – may not be magnetic – but often are Robertson drive.

    @Toolhearty

    My observation is that some screw starters (Hunter Magic Tip, Ullman Devices, Rimac, Qwikwedge) all seem to be more “starter” than drivers. They can get the screw started – but are not able to do the final driving with any real torque.

    The screw holding screwdrivers – made in the past by Stanley and Crescent-Bridgeport – with their spring holders could presumably do both jobs – but not in one motion as you needed to disengage the holder before final driving home.

    I see that Stanley seems to offer a multi-bitt screwholding screwdriver:

    http://www.ronshomeandhardware.com/69-188-Clip-N-Grip-screwdriver-p/111497.htm?click=1014

  8. JeremyC says:

    i always tear off the corner of a piece of paper, hold it on the tip of whatever kind of driver or bit i am using, and press the screw onto that. or, being an electrician, i might use electrical tape in lieu of paper. the masking tape trick in the first post is pretty cool tho

  9. JB says:

    I’ve used saliva in a pinch when I needed the screw to stick to the screwdriver.

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