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Old 04-10-2008, 06:07 PM
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Ratching Screwdriver What to Buy?

Hey guys,

Have a question about ratching screwdrivers. I'm looking at buying a good screwdriver that ratchets, but everything I have looked at seems to be junk that should be floating around a kitchen drawer not a tool box. The one that i'm trying to replace (or the new one to live up to) is a snap-on ratching screwdriver orange handle, but nothing comes close. Of course I would like it a bit cheaper just in case I loose the stupid thing on the job site. I guess I want my cake and eat it too.

Any other brands that I should look at that the handle and ratching mechanism is not poop. I don't realy care about the bits cause those go missing all the time and I usualy just buy the cheap ones.

Any Ideas?

Thanks

John

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You can pick them up cheap (you do get what you pay for) at the farm and flets retail stores here, 1.50 a pop, so if they die or go missing it's a 1.50, less that half a gallon of gas. (II've had one for about a year but it doesn't get a lot of use, more of a backup)

I have a springfield ratcheting screwdriver, metal blue handle with indents on the side so you can pop the bits in it, versus a plastic handle with a screw off end. I bought it at a flea market for 2 bucks, a quick spray of wd-40 and if was like new, but I have no idea how old it is probably from the late 70s. But I'd hate to loose that so I can see where your coming from, you'll have to lt us know if you find a good quality low end one.

Good luck.
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The GearWrench has held up well for me in daily use/abuse.
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I have a Craftsman one that I absolutely hate. The tips are stored in the end of the handle and accessed by spinning the end cap. When you use the screwdriver you inadvertently turn the end cap spilling out the bits. Terrible design IMO.

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I got an SK as a gift and it works great. The only gripe is that the it won't take a 1/4 inch drive socket but it works well. So well my wife had to have one for the kitchen.
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I use my SnapOn all the time, never a problem.
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I love my Snap-On screwdriver.
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