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Old 02-19-2012, 10:47 PM   #1
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I was looking at these drivers and wanted to hear some opinions on these before i throw down the money. Anyone have some thoughts on these?

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Old 02-19-2012, 10:55 PM   #2
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The handles are good. Probably the best marker on the end to show what the tip is that I have ever seen

The tips on mine did not seem to last very long. Mainly the p2. The flat heads lasted like pretty much any slotted screwdriver. I quit using them about a month ago when I decided to try the Weras. I don't think I'm going to go back to them for my primary set.

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I have several of these drivers. I really like the handle fit and feel. The tips and shanks seem to be the same as the regular Klein drivers. I like Klein tools, but some folks on here, seem not to. You can order these, at a discount price, from Pro Tools Discount- protoolsdicount.com
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I got the 7 piece set about 2 months ago, I am a klein guy myself, and so far no complaints. In fact i like them better than the standard cushion handle set that I am so used to for years. The design of the handles seems to allow more torquing force, and as someone said earlier, the end marking makes it alot easier to see what you are grabbing. I would recomend, but you can get them for a lot less than at your supply house, I picked up my 7 piece set for about 28 bucks, so look around.........good luck
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I got a set at home depot on clearance a while back for $19 and like them much better than most other regular drivers that don't cost more than $50 for a set.
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I bought the 5-piece set and i love the grip on these things. They smell like puke though! What about Robertson drivers? It would be nice if they did nutdrivers with this style handle... maybe a triple tap handle as well.
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I bought the 5-piece set and i love the grip on these things. They smell like puke though! What about Robertson drivers? It would be nice if they did nutdrivers with this style handle... maybe a triple tap handle as well.
Well at least mine weren't the only ones that stunk.
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They are rebadged Witte drivers.
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They are rebadged Witte drivers.
The Klein Grip-it screwdrivers are made by Witte in Germany not the Journeyman which has a USA marking on the handle.
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I have several of these drivers. I really like the handle fit and feel. The tips and shanks seem to be the same as the regular Klein drivers. I like Klein tools, but some folks on here, seem not to. You can order these, at a discount price, from Pro Tools Discount- protoolsdicount.com
Thanks for the tip. I just ordered the 7 piece set last night. At that price I had to give them a shot.
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Let me know if you find a way to get the smell off of them! I love them to death, but the smell drives even my co-workers out of the room.
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Let me know if you find a way to get the smell off of them! I love them to death, but the smell drives even my co-workers out of the room.
That's funny. How bad can it be? I have three kids under 5 so I have some tricks up my sleeve for odor elimination. I'll let you know if I find something that works!
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Please do... i have tried Goof-off, alcohol wipes, and dish soap with a scrub brush. Maybe Febreeze?
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Let me know if you find a way to get the smell off of them! I love them to death, but the smell drives even my co-workers out of the room.
A shower...?


I kid, I kid. You try the ever famous tomato sauce? If it works for skunk it should work for Klein!
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They do smell pretty bad out of the box, but I've had them long enough they don't smell.

By the way, their #2 phillips isn't any good and I almost never use #1P. But I still use all 3 flatheads and the #3 phillips regularly. I've banged on them a bit and they've held up. I wouldn't necessarily buy them again but they're doing good after over a year of use.
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...klein tools used to be the cats meow, now they are just an overpriced set of screwdrivers. They should have maintained the quality with the increased pricing.....
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I've switched over to Wera for my everyday drivers.
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I've switched over to Wera for my everyday drivers.
Wera originals are strong and durable, this laser edging they use colored in a goldish tone is horrible. They hold screws well for a couple uses but have no durability and the lasering wears down fast. And the larger drivers they have are uncomfortably large handled and the two biggest sizes they make have zero grip.

Give Felo screwdriver a chance, even their largest handle is comfy and they make all sizes with a rubbery grip and metal threw capped shaft it you like that. The absolute strongest driver I ever seen, even Klein in it's glory days couldn't stand with these tools. Ergo in a more subtle way than Wera's, Stronger than everything combined, and priced to buy.
Felo screwdrivers the best you will ever buy.
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So the #2 phillips is garbage... that really is a problem since it is the most used driver. For those of you who love Klein tools, how do you deal with a #2 phillips always falling apart on you? Do the supply houses or Home Depot give you a new one?
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So the #2 phillips is garbage... that really is a problem since it is the most used driver. For those of you who love Klein tools, how do you deal with a #2 phillips always falling apart on you? Do the supply houses or Home Depot give you a new one?
Go with a german screwdriver.

Seriously, I compared the two and the german's isn't tapered as much, "wider" if you will, and slips less out of the fastener.

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