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July 20, 2009

8-in-1 Precision Screwdriver

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Danilo Campos raved about this tool in the latest edition of Kevin Kelly's Cool Tools, edited by Elon Schoenholz; the review follows.

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Husky 8-in-1 Precision Screwdriver


I've encountered many precision screwdriver kits intended to help you get past the tiny screws that keep you out of the most interesting parts of electronic equipment. Most are poorly made. I have long used tools similar to the jeweler screwdrivers previously reviewed on Cool Tools. The metal grooves in the shaft wear on your fingertips after awhile, making longer projects a real pain. You also can't exert quite as much torque, since each tool is so spindly. They don’t come close to the usefulness and execution of the Husky 8-in-1.

The Husky 8-in-1 uses removable, double-sided, magnetized bits, and stores them all inside the driver handle. The result is a versatile, compact, easy-to-carry tool. The best part is knowing that everything you need is contained in one small organizer.

The Husky's handle is made from rugged, squared-off plastic and is easy to grip without being clumsy or too large for practical use in narrow spaces. It also has the rotating top you'd expect for this kind of tool, allowing you to apply pressure on one axis while rotating the driver from another. Thoughtfully, the handle tapers to a long, narrow metal shaft for access to out-of-the-way screws. The most satisfying part is how cleanly the bits engage with the screws. They fit perfectly every single time.

Husky makes a Phillips/Slotted version and a Torx version. Having both sets gives you 16 screwdrivers that can pry loose just about any tiny screw you might encounter in an electronic device. For the low price and lifetime warranty, they’re tough to beat.

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Phillips/Slotted: $5.97.

Torx: $5.97.

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Yeap, I have it too. very helpful! But I could've sworn I saw it cheaper on dealsShoppie.com!

Posted by: Jason | Jul 22, 2009 8:20:42 PM

Agreed! I've carried this in my IT-nerd belt-clip tool kit(also by Husky)for about two years. Also in the kit: Leatherman(of course), a cheap Husky ratcheting screwdriver w/ Torx, Phillips, & std bits (Quality not as good but cheap and short, fits in the kit), drill bits w/ hex bases that fit the screwdriver, two sided Velcro for cables, diagonal cutting pliers for the dreaded nylon cable ties(safer than a knife). LED AA flashlight, Short Sharpie, pen, adhesive labels, Post-it notes, flash drive. Batman's got nothin' on me.

Posted by: Todd McW | Jul 20, 2009 10:01:26 PM

I have the torx version--works on my old Mac!

Posted by: teg | Jul 20, 2009 8:18:08 PM

I have one of these, it's well spent money! Actually I have 2 sets. One for home and one for the glove box, you'll be amazed how often it comes in handy!

Posted by: Joe Peach | Jul 20, 2009 4:38:38 PM

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