If you’ve ever stripped a screw head in a servomotor or in the deepest recess of your motherboard, you can probably appreciate Sturtevant’s 2 to 36 inch-pound screwdriver. Hobbyists will run screaming from the $278 price tag this kit carries, but electronics professionals may not, especially with the all-mechanical internals (no batteries to worry about), and the Sturtevant-Richmont name. They’re not a very well-known label, but Sturtevant-Richmont makes some of the most accurate torque tools in the world.
The hefty price is mitigated somewhat by the wide assortment of bits the driver arrives with. Several Torx, Phillips, and hex sizes are included, plus a 1/4″-drive adapter for your sockets. It’s actually not a bad deal when you consider that an equivalent Snap-On product costs just a few dollars less, and comes with none of the Sturtevant-Richmont’s attachments.
Adjustable Torque Limiting Driver [Sturtevant-Richmont]
Cavemen still living without the magic of air power (and I’m one of them) will find a neat workaround in the form of hammer-actuated impact drivers. They’re old-school, clever little devices which turn the force of a hammer blow into torque, and plenty of it. Hit the casing with a metal-faced hammer, and a cam inside gives you a strong twist, exactly like a pneumatic impact wrench.
Though not quite as user-friendly or useful as an impact gun, they can still get stubborn bolts in or out. $25 is pretty cheap considering that it’s a Craftsman set. Even if you can find a pneumatic impact gun at that price, no one in their right mind would trust it, and these let you skip the compressor, too.
Impact Driver Set [Craftsman]
Production Tool Supply has a web-only discount running on a pair of slick sets of ball-end Allen keys, inch an metric ranging from 0.050″ to 3/8″ and 1.5mm to 10mm. For anyone unfamiliar with this ball-end style, they let one end of the key sit in the fastener at an angle — a great advantage for starting fasteners in cramped spaces.
At a bit under $15, these are hard to pass up if you don’t have a set. They take some getting used to, but these tools are a real headache-saver.
Bondhus Ball-End Hex Key Set [PTS Tools]