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What Is The Best Ratcheting Screwdriver?


Jeremy Chambers


What Is The Best Ratcheting Screwdriver?

 
This has been a common debate around henchman Products, so I decided to write an article on this topic to see if I could come to some sort of a conclusion.


Specifications

Snap On Megapro
  • 26 tooth ratchet
  • 28 tooth ratchet
  • 1/4-inch magnetic hex driver
  • 1/4-inch magnetic hex driver
  • 2 insert bits
  • 12 insert bits (S2 industrial grade steel)
  • Overall length 9 Inch
  • Overall length 9-1/4 Inch
  • Shank length 3-7/8 Inch
  • Shank length 3 Inch
  • Soft Grip
  • Partial Soft Grip
  • Square style handle
  • Round style handle
  • Interchangeable shank
  • Manufactured: USA & Canada
  • Manufactured: USA
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Lifetime warranty
 

Where the Snap On (SGDMRC44B) wins

The snap on bit holding cap has an O-ring for keeping unwanted oils, grease and dirt out of the handle. The ratcheting mechanism works the correct way according to some technicians, whereas on the Megapro it can be turned by your finger when driving as the 'drive-selection' turns the same direction as the bit is turning. It is also slightly shorter making it nicer to use in confined spaces, although it is short it also has a longer shank for those hard to reach places. The shank is also removable and can be used with other (compatible) screwdriver shanks to turn this into more then just a bit holding driver.
Snap On Also offers different colours (Red, Green & Orange) for personal prefrence.

Where the Megapro (211R1C36RD) wins

The Megapro has a higher tooth count (28 to 26) which allows for less movement in the mechanism and is commonly preferred by technicians. The bit load is supplied with 12 standard 1 inch ΒΌ-drive bits (#1 Philips, #2 Philips, #3 Philips, #2 square, #4 Flat, #6 Flat, & #10, #15, #20, #25, #27 & #30 Torx bits), these bits can be swapped out to any other standard insert bits to customise your screwdriver. Whereas the snap on is only supplied with 2 bits (#2 Philips & Flat tip bit) and can fit up to 10 bits loose in the handle. The Megapro handle is nearly an inch longer giving the user more grip and control.

Price

Now here is the biggest difference....

Megapro  $58.98(ex GST)

Snap On $143.28(ex GST)

Conclusion

Its hard to believe that the Megapro outscores it in nearly every feature yet its that much cheaper. think for the price difference any technician will put up with knocking the drive selector the wrong way a couple of times. The rotating bit load in the Megapro is a massive plus, you can hold more bits then the Snap On and you can easily visually check to see if you have all your bits (great for removing FOD).

Personally the Megapro grip is a lot more comfortable due to the round style and longer handle (for those with big mitts). Comparing the tools I personally think the Megapro (211R1C36RD) is a lot better ratcheting screwdriver, even before looking at the price difference.

The Winner is: Megapro 13-in-1 28 tooth Ratcheting Star Screwdriver