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Old 07-11-2009, 07:57 PM   #41
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I have been using this one from Ideal for a couple of years and really like it.
http://www.idealindustries.com/prodD...iver&l3=35-908

I use the Ratch a nut version of this screw driver. It's a must have in my tool pouch.
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Old 07-12-2009, 09:00 AM   #42
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stop being lazy and buy tools. Nothing beats the right tools for the right job. no sticky tools and no tools not fitting hardware. I work with a bunch of guys that use them and they are always fumbling around with them. I use a 7" #2 phillips, 7" 1\4in. flat head, and a 4" robertson. I don't think i have ever needed to have all 10 functions in my hand at one time.
I agree with you. I use 8" phillips, 8" robertson,#2 and #3 tips, 8" slotted, plus various others. I just use the 11-in -1 for certain things, special situations, and I was thinking there might be a better alternative. By no means do I use the thing everyday....
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I agree with you. I use 8" phillips, 8" robertson,#2 and #3 tips, 8" slotted, plus various others. I just use the 11-in -1 for certain things, special situations, and I was thinking there might be a better alternative. By no means do I use the thing everyday....
I use the thing everyday. It takes up a lot less room in my back pocket than all that crap you listed. Some tools make more sense to different people. It obviously depends on what job you're doing. I think it's more useful to a service electrician than anything else.
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Old 07-15-2009, 09:54 PM   #44
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I use my klein 11 in one everyday. I go through them about every 2 to 3 months. THe bits just round off. I am trying out the greenlee 9 in one now. Bits stay in place a lot better than the klein. We will see.
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I'm suprised that so few of you, us, whomever, don't use electric screwdrivers more.
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I'm suprised that so few of you, us, whomever, don't use electric screwdrivers more.
I use the Bosch 10.8 throughout the day, but I was talking for of more of a normal carry screwdriver.
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Old 07-18-2009, 09:01 PM   #47
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Product arrived Tuesday, I finally got home to open it up today. It's well made and the magnet is very strong, it holds the bits in stronger than the 11-1, and it's magnetic which is always nice. A nice surprise was that it came with actual robertson bits (#1 and #2) not just square bits. I've only used it around the house, but so far so good.
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Product arrived Tuesday, I finally got home to open it up today. It's well made and the magnet is very strong, it holds the bits in stronger than the 11-1, and it's magnetic which is always nice. A nice surprise was that it came with actual robertson bits (#1 and #2) not just square bits. I've only used it around the house, but so far so good.
How securely does the bits case stay stowed in the handle?
http://www.wihatools.com/300seri/380bitflip.htm

I own one of Wiha's Insulated 1/4" magnetic drivers with the bits stored under the cap. I have to remove the cap to change bits. This new design may be better. (Nice thing about the own I own is that the cap swivels, which is a nice feature many times). Although, the grips on their new bit-flip SDs are better, much more like most of their other drivers...
http://www.wihatools.com/300seri/321serie.htm
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How securely does the bits case stay stowed in the handle?
http://www.wihatools.com/300seri/380bitflip.htm
The only way for them to fall out is if you open it up. To do that you have to press in a piece that releases the part to swivel out, and you can't do it accidentally while you're using the tool. I don't see the bits staying in the handle being any kind of problem. It's not spring loaded or anything so you've got to manually swivel the holder out, which is good IMO.

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I own one of Wiha's Insulated 1/4" magnetic drivers with the bits stored under the cap. I have to remove the cap to change bits. This new design may be better. (Nice thing about the own I own is that the cap swivels, which is a nice feature many times). Although, the grips on their new bit-flip SDs are better, much more like most of their other drivers...
http://www.wihatools.com/300seri/321serie.htm
The grip is very comfortable, but like I said I've only used it around the house. Most of it is a softer rubber, it doesn't feel like the hand will slip under torque. I'll use it a lot next week when I go back to work and let you know how it is.

Due to the design, this is not a beater screwdriver. You could probably smack the back of it with your hand while tightening a locknut, but definitely not smack it with your sidecutters unless you want to mess up the swivel mechanism.
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I have been watching this thread for a wile has anyone looked at ENDERES TOOLS. I have good luck with their multi-point screwdrivers.
www.enderes.com then go the catalog then screwdrivers.
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I have a few Enderes punches and chisels. All Made in the USA. (Hopefully they still are). They've been around for a long time.

I bet the quality of their bits is excellent, as their punches and chisels sure are.
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I have an Enders flat chisel that I used to use to put roofing nails through the sides of steel boxes in old work to attach them to a stud. Smart Boxes came along, and I haven't had to attach a box in that way for a very long time.
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I've bought a variety of 10-in-1 screwdrivers over the years, and I've never used a single one of them. Anybody wanna buy an assortment of like-new screwdrivers?
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I've bought a variety of 10-in-1 screwdrivers over the years, and I've never used a single one of them. Anybody wanna buy an assortment of like-new screwdrivers?
I usually grab a 10-in-1 and a T5 when I go to the door, or inside the business, for a service call. That's enough to normally get me started until I can figure out what I really need to bring in out of the truck.
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I usually grab a 10-in-1 and a T5 when I go to the door, or inside the business, for a service call. That's enough to normally get me started until I can figure out what I really need to bring in out of the truck.
I usually grab a philips and a flat head. By T5 do you mean the tester, and not the Ideal wire stripper?
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I usually grab a philips and a flat head. By T5 do you mean the tester, and not the Ideal wire stripper?
Yeah, the Fluke meter.
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Yeah, the Fluke meter.
Right...so it's the Fluke meter, right?
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Right...so it's the Fluke meter, right?
Knucklehead.

I got a T-Shirt from the supply house that was an ad for Ideal strippers and wire nuts. The t-shirt said "Strip And Go Nuts". I don't think I ever wore it. I'm not really a t-shirt wearing type of guy anyhow.
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