The best part about this Hitachi magnetic driver bit video is when the guy says “You’re not going to lose your screw” and the screw promptly falls off the bit and bounces off the table. That aside, while magnetic bits themselves aren’t new, there are a few worthy points of note with Hitachi’s new release.
The basic setup: these new mag bits are available in Phillips #2, Square #2, and Star T25 and have a rare earth magnet tucked into the collar. If you’ve ever used a mag bit before you’d know that you can still lose the fastener off the end pretty quickly if you’re in a hurry. The up-gunned magnet removes most of the risk of losing the fastener. But it may work a little differently for pros who often stuck the bit in a pouch while still on the drill in order to grab one or two screws, as the new magnet would grab a bunch.
The biggest advantage to the Hitachi bits is they’re designed with drywall and decking in mind to not move if the drill they’re attached to is pivoted to any angle or shaken a little. Also, since it’s Hitachi, the bits will undoubtedly be pretty affordable and available in every home center you might find yourself in. Other than needing a better script for the video demo, we’d say they’ve covered the space pretty well.
How to use Hitachi’s Magnetic Driver Bits to make your job easier? [YouTube]
Magnetic Bits [Hitachi]