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Whats the best brand of screw drivers people have come across, whats the price and where can I get them from?
 
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SparkedOut

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Does anyone have any opinions on Wera screwdrivers?
 
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yorkshiresparky

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The electricians screwdrivers from Draper tools are good. I've had mine years and they are hardwearing.
 
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Cirrus

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The best screwdrivers you can buy are Irazola. Bright orange and unmistakeable. They have pounds of torque and a lifetime guarantee. Any good wholesaler will stock them at around £30 - £40 for a set of 6.
 
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spence_spark

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Does anyone have any opinions on Wera screwdrivers?

I use them every day..very satisfied with them indeed

excellent kit

:)
 
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koina

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I think, Knipex and wiha are the only tools I use now. Knipex also makes a reaally nice pair of channel locks about 12" long and very thin at the jaws $45
 
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sid6789

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bacho are great best iv used life time guarantee
 
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London Luke

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Bacho are making fantastic stuff these days. And cheap !
 
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WarrenG

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I agree with Cirrus, Irazola Techno I think are the best that I have used. They are a Spanish brand. :)

Here's a really good price for some (mine cost about £35 I think)

Irazola tekno plus insulated screwdriver set 202031 tool, tools, bahco, Irazola,stanley draper :: Toolman Yardley tools, toolman yardley, homepage,bahco, stanley, estwing,stabila, marshalltown, bosch, knipex, trend, irwin,draper, fluke, monument, kam

This company supply others and I have bought alot of tools from this company. They are based in Yardley, Birmingham on the Coventry Road towards the NEC and there shop is like a sweet shop for adults. Great place for buying branded tools at the right price. I am sure they post goods out.

Of course it is personal preference, I guess it depends on your line of work? Personally I don't like hard plastic handles because they tend to slip when your hands get sweaty.

I have had a set of Wera drivers and they tended to round off quite quickly in my opinion. Tips must be a bit soft. :mad:

Draper Pro Drivers are quite nice because they have a soft grip which is great for extra grip. :cool:

Hope this helps!
 
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adamh

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im a fan of bahco myself match my snips 2 ;) not that its a fashion parade :s lol
 
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Cirrus

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I paid £24 for my Irazola and now use Wera slip stop which cosat the same. Will be going back to Irazola as the Wera do wear quickly and the slip stop is great for the first week or so only.
 
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mattyfooty

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At the moment when i am screwing i use Draper expert pro, hard wearing and softgrip handles.
 

danzor

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Arms
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I paid £24 for my Irazola and now use Wera slip stop which cosat the same. Will be going back to Irazola as the Wera do wear quickly and the slip stop is great for the first week or so only.
Had the exact same problem, will be getting a set of Irazola when im next at the wholesalers
 
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Rob

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At the moment when i am screwing i use Draper expert pro, hard wearing and softgrip handles.

What a guy! :D
 
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4x4 mark

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i used irazola for a while and the newer versions are better but the trouble was once the wholesalers ran out of their display stock they didnt get anymore in, i now use ck but i cant find a nice big no.2 pozi with a long shank for getting into them tight spaces
 
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Cirrus

 
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wonkey donkey

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The ck poz is the worst driver I have ever had Irizola terminal will drive in poz screws no problem. Wera is really good gear but I wont ever buy britool drivers again
 
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Rob

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Im in need of a new set. My CK drivers are a bit battered and worn now. Think I will take your advice and invest in a set of those Irazola drivers.
 
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Cirrus

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I will vouch for them and if you think they are pap then I'll have em off ya!
 

danzor

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Arms
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think i had a set of them, back when I started out. didnt think much of them, but for £5 it says it all really :D
 
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I like wera, i've noticed they sell them under the name kraftform and have it in a stainless steel version, are stainless steel ones meant to be better? take a look between the 2 Kraftform Stainless Screwdriver Set 6 Pc - Screwfix.com, Where the Trade Buys

Wera Screwdriver Set Slip-Stop 6Pc - Screwfix.com, Where the Trade Buys

advantages and disadvantages of stainless steel ones...


cheers luke
 
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rallyandy

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Wera are one of the best sparked out .... ive used them for years and still going strong. also i use knipex pliers and cutters
hope this helps
 
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Paul_the_Sparks

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I use the bright orange Sibille screwdrivers, absolutely bombproof, and available from your friendly neighbourhood RS.
 
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Carter

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For driving and extracting fixings - Draper are as good as any I don't hesitate to fetch a needle file to them to get that fit perfect.

For termination - Bahco - 'coz I'm worth it :cool:

For painty tin lids - someone else's.

Whatever happened to those translucent green 'CK' brand 10" long terminal drivers? Don't think they were 1000v VDE rated but uncannily they seemed to fit every screw really well.
 
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tony.towa

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Another thing with Irazola, that you are not always told, is that they are guaranteed a lifetime. Chip or break one and you can take it back to the stockist and they should change it for you.

Mind you, knowing my luck, when they say it's guaranteed a lifetime if one of mine breaks the broken piece will fly up and kill me :eek:
 
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jimbo4591

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im no expert but all i can say is that the draper look-a-likes that wickes do are great mainly cos they seem to be hard wearing and the handles are great for grip and are comfortable etc. Another thing i can say is that Kew Technik are prob the worst because they are not hard wearing at all (guy i work with got a brand new set about 4 wks or so ago and half of the philips head completely snapped off when tightening an MCB terminal. One critism with the wickes ones is that they dont do a certain size flat head (might b 3/3.5) the one that is ideal for socket terminals and lid screws! they only do like an average size flat head of a couple of tiny ones which are also short in lengh. so yeah.. no prob with the wickes ones yet and kew technik's are rubbish.

I like wera, i've noticed they sell them under the name kraftform and have it in a stainless steel version, are stainless steel ones meant to be better?

my employer recently got a set of wera's from screwfix and he cant fault them, they've got added 'ridges' on the tips so they shouldn't slip at all.

surely though u should get the VDE screwdrivers rather than stainless steel because obviously being electricians its safer to have VDE 1000v tested screwdrivers than stainless steel ones! :confused:

VDE Slip Stop Screwdriver Set 7Pc - Screwfix.com, Where the Trade Buys
 
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jeremy

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As far as I can see the wickes are identical to the draper expert except for the price, also if you rub hard enough "wickes" rubs off and no ones any the wiser!! The one that doesn't come in the set is the 4mm but is available seperately for about £3,
 
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Wickes WERE identical to Draper, but they have introduced a new range of 'soft grip' drivers with red and yellow handles - don't look nearly as good as old ones!
 
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MRES

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Irazola for terminating, draper for everything else including my 'knocking driver'
 
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mdshunk

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In the US, pretty much every electrician uses Klein screwdrivers. I'm going to have to check out some of these other brands you all use. I've never heard of most of them.

"knocking driver"? That might be what we call a "beater screwdriver". It used to be a straight blade, and now it's some sort of [email protected] chisel due to abuse. :eek:
 
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MRES

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In the US, pretty much every electrician uses Klein screwdrivers. I'm going to have to check out some of these other brands you all use. I've never heard of most of them.

"knocking driver"? That might be what we call a "beater screwdriver". It used to be a straight blade, and now it's some sort of [email protected] chisel due to abuse. :eek:
10 out of 10. I love my knocking driver !! I will take a pic and post it later ! :D
 
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Bane

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Got myself a Roper Whitney punch (Jnr No.5) mdshunk.

Must have heard of them? (I know it isn't a screwdriver)
 
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simopesh

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I thought that Bahco rocks. Unfortunately, I broke my 3.5 flat after several days.
Back to my trusty Kraftgrip sets.
Recently, I purchased a set of Stanley Max VDE. To my astonishment I could reed “Kraftgrip” logo on the Stanley Max 3.0mm circuit tester.
After brief research I found out that The Stanlies are actually “Kraftgrips” made in Slovenia. Anyway, they are probably the strongest one of all that I have been using.
 
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musicmaster050

Irazola. Bright orange and unmistakeable.£30 - £40 for a set of 6. i had them for like 2 years have lasted quite well to be honest i also have a set of ck drivers which i got as a part of a set for 27 they are good too had no problems

the bacho ones are very cheap on ebay at the moment a set of 6 insulated drivers £14 quid
 
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Green Grass

Knipex are fine
 
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decknerd

ck's and a cheap £2 mains tester from the wholsalers cos i can do anything with it (chip away plaster) and not care. Have used irazolas but preferred the ck's. Plus my cutters and pliers are ck so i just stuck with them.
 

rick

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hi
I've found different makes best at different sizes. I like these makes in no particular order - CK (pozis, not so much flats) Bahco (pozis) Wiha (flats esp 4mm). Stanley fatmax also great (made by French company called BOST - same as Britool). Probably like Facom most of all, esp the Borneo drivers for terminals. Never tried Irazola though.
Since it's been mentioned, I like Knipex pliers, although NWS are perhaps better (comfier handles)
I know, my toolbox is heavy...
Cheers
Rick
 
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RacerA3

hi
I've found different makes best at different sizes. I like these makes in no particular order - CK (pozis, not so much flats) Bahco (pozis) Wiha (flats esp 4mm). Stanley fatmax also great (made by French company called BOST - same as Britool). Probably like Facom most of all, esp the Borneo drivers for terminals. Never tried Irazola though.
Since it's been mentioned, I like Knipex pliers, although NWS are perhaps better (comfier handles)
I know, my toolbox is heavy...
Cheers
Rick
Stanley Fatmax VDE and Facom for me to :) Really good stuff i've found.
 
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luniz19

have just taken deliver of my new knipex drivers and whilst my bank account has taken a major hit. they sure feel worth every penny. the pz2 is shorter than the irazola ones and feel a lot lighter, i was not too keen on this to start with after a days work they felt perfect. and picking up a rizola again felt strange. i have used irazola for last 6 years neva had any other driver. and i think i have a new brand for life now. worth every penny i paid £120 for a set of 11. expensive but well worth it
 
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a.e.s

I dont know if any one else has had this happen to them, but my supervisor was always raving about his Irazolas,so last summer I bought a set, since then I have snapped 4 out of the seven. I snapped my terminal driver tightening the terminal in a 500W flood light and the other day I snapped my big pozi doing up a 2" woodscrew into decking:eek: I know they have a lifetime warranty but my stockist never has the one I am looking for. Although when they are not snapping they are a nice screwdriver to use. My other set, and I know they have already been slated, and I get a lot of stick for using them, are kew technik. The terminal driver and no. 2 pozi are the only screwdrivers I ever use, they are absolutly bombproof!!
 
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johnstantine

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The best screwdrivers you can buy are Irazola. Bright orange and unmistakeable. They have pounds of torque and a lifetime guarantee. Any good wholesaler will stock them at around £30 - £40 for a set of 6.
I'll second that, used Irazola for years, quality screwdrivers.
 
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Dubassasin

Facom screwdrivers are spot on. Not insulated but you shouldn't work live anyway. Lifetime guarantee and the tip/head is the same width as the shank which is what you wanna be looking for.

Facom grips are also the best on the market, and between me and the chaps I work with their known as "Tha Best Grips In The World", their thin at the ends unlike Bahco or CK (which are shaped for pipe), which makes turning a 20mm locknut in a metal clad box a breeze.

Facom all the way for me.
 
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Scott F

My local Edmonsons stock ''HAUPA '' come with a life time guarantee ,any one used these ?
 
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Spudnik

Never heard of them.

Have you had a feel?
 
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Scott F

Never heard of them.

Have you had a feel?

Yeah tried the the screw drivers as well

Seem ok typed the name into google and guess where I was directed too

A post from a couple of years ago by a Mr Luke Scotty. German make

Have been using Thorsman in the past and they are slowly wearing away ( as they do )

Have a few CK and must admit like the feel and the added extra tension you can get with them .

am looking to treat myself and the clients and were shown these today
 
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Spudnik

Must admit, i have had great results with my trusty Draper expert VDE's

I think if you do a lot of site work with loads of trades about, it can be foolish to spend huge amounts of money on top notch screwdrivers, as they seem to grow legs.
 
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leekemp85

You should never steal a man's tools. But its a shame so many people do, I've lost loads on site
 
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decdastardly

I agree with warren I found the weras do wear compared to irazola that I use...had them years now and still going strong ..I lose them before they wear out can't beat 'em
 

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