It never gained purchase but caught it enough so that the working edges of the bit got a severe thrashing. To do this we sunk a 3-inch drywall screw into wood and then, using the screwdriver tips in a cordless drill, we tried to remove the screw while holding the drill at an angle. Also, the ratchet toggle is a little fussier than we prefer. The bit selection of the MegaPro in-1 is comprehensive and should be able to handle just about every standard screwdriving task in a home. In side-by-side tests, the Channellock and MegaPro performed identically. The 7-inch handle is comfortable, but the toggle is difficult to use and the bit storage is up at the nose of the tool. This item doesn’t belong on this page.

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With it, you can press the tool into the screw with your palm and still easily rotate the screwdriver with your other hand. The Craftsman Ready Bit Screwdriver was a previous runner-up and is similar to the MegaPro models to the point that we suspect a co-branding agreement. Unfortunately, this design comes at the expense of the locked stem position. One limitation of the Husky is that it only has room in the storage area for six bits.

The Kobalt Piece Ratcheting Screwdriver was the most inexpensive model we tested and it shows.

It feels cheap and often made a little grinding noise. I spent more than a ratchrting as a carpenter, foreman, and jobsite supervisor building high-end custom homes in the Boston area.

TOOL REVIEW: Megapro Ratcheting Screwdriver

Most also have a third position that locks the stem into place, making the tool behave like a traditional screwdriver. When the tool is in use, the bits rattle around a little.


The Ideal in-1 Multi-Bit Ratcheting Screwdriver is another good-quality screwdriver that suffers from weak bit storage. It comes with 12—and it would be great to be able to store them all onboard. The six double-headed bits live in the handle, and one is stored in the tip ratchwting the stem. Ragcheting excellent, unique aspect of the rear cap is that it can spin independently from the rest megxpro the body. Other tools have additional features or a finer ratchet, but for a solid ratcheting action, fantastic bit storage, a useful selection of bits, and an oddly comfortable handle, the MegaPro is the one to beat.

Having to spend time searching for bits, either digging through the kitchen drawer or rummaging around the tool bag, is unnecessary. MegaPro R2C36RD in-1 Ratcheting Driver The best multi-bit screwdriver This manual screwdriver combines smooth ratcheting action with excellent bit storage and a uniquely comfortable handle to be the most well-rounded, capable tool of its kind.

These tools are well-received and do offer speed, but when compared with the MegaPro, they come up short in other areas like bit storage and general ergonomics. The best all-around screwdriver for the toolbox or kitchen drawer should be a ratcheting, multi-bit screwdriver with easily accessible bit storage.

Our least favorite are those that loosely store the bits in the megarpo. Worse though megaapro that the storage is accessed with a screw cap.

Even the Ratchetinv 2, the most-used tip, has maintained its shape with no rounding over of the edges. The ratchet is excellent, and the 72 teeth made it among the finest we looked at. A screwdriver is the essential tool for minor home repairs. Craftsman Mechanics Tool Set – Pieces And then you have to pick up the few bits you inevitably drop on the floor.


Learn more about ratchteing including how to disable them. The handle is also on the bulky side. These tools have a ring on the handle that can be held stationary in order to gear the ratcheting mechanism to a higher setting, which delivers four times the turning speed to the handle but only for low-torque applications. Square drives Robertsons have two standard sizes—the smaller R1 is used in a lot of trim carpentry, while the larger R2 can be found holding down decks and in other exterior applications.

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Megapro 13in1 Ratcheting Screwdriver

To access, you have to megapfo the rear cap a quarter turn and pull the piece out. For some, removing these bits and buying alternatives will be no problem, but we feel that most will be happier simply buying the in-1 our pick knowing that it already comes with the best selection of bits.

This is similar to our main pick but nowhere near as refined or as comfortable to hold. The InstallMates in-1 Ratcheting Screwdriver has very good bit storage but a grinding, low-quality ratchet.

The ratcheting action is loud on this tool, and the whole thing feels heavy and clumsy.