View Full Version : Best screwdriver bit set?
August 2, 2010, 10:53 PM
I'm looking at getting this screwdriver set.
But I've read some reviews saying that the metal is a little soft, and the bits may break if you have really tight screws. Now I'm no incredible hulk, and I dont plan on breaking any bits. But I'm wondering if there are any "better" sets out there? I'm looking to buy something that I can keep for a long long long time.
August 3, 2010, 01:15 AM
The Brownells and Chapman kits are supposed to be so good but both have soft bits. I've been using the Dillon kit for the last few years and am happy with it.
August 3, 2010, 04:59 AM
I have the Wheeler set. The only problem I've had so far is I had to grind a bit to fit my action screws.
August 3, 2010, 03:45 PM
The Brownells and Chapman kits are supposed to be so good but both have soft bits.
I have cracked a very few Brownells bits over the years, but have never bent one.
August 3, 2010, 05:58 PM
The bits are handy to carry around, but I've yet to find ones that work as well as my separate Forster screwdrivers (http://www.forsterproducts.com/store.asp?pid=24836&catid=19938). I put that link in because you can scroll down to an image to see how they should be shaped and what they should do. I also have a B-Square set (http://secure.armorholdings.com/b-square/tools_gunsmith.html), but don't reach for it nearly as often. It is more for portability.
August 3, 2010, 07:35 PM
I've used a Brownells set for better than ten years with no evidence of "softness".
August 4, 2010, 01:28 AM
The Brownells screwdriver sets are definitely top of the line in my experience and that of most others. I have never heard of anybody bending a "soft" Magna-Tip screwdriver bit!
August 4, 2010, 08:40 AM
Whoops, I made a mistake in my post. I do have the 89 piece Wheeler set but that was not the set I had to grind a tip on.
I also have a small Brownells Magna-Tip set and had to grind a flat blade to fit. I think the Magna-Tips are good but my T-10 and T-15 torx bits from that set are a little twisted now. My fault intirely.
Haven't really had the Wheeler set long enough to mess any of the tips up.
August 5, 2010, 12:53 AM
Thanks for the replys everyone. I'll look into them all and make a decission.
August 8, 2010, 05:09 AM
I have bent quite a few bit from Brownell.
August 12, 2010, 02:01 PM
I have bent a coulple of the smaller ones in my Wheeler set but I can still use them.
August 12, 2010, 07:10 PM
The Brownells and Chapman kits are supposed to be so good but both have soft bits. from post #2
I have Chapman and they are nice. Chapman says they could make bits just about indestructable-but you wouldnt like them. Bits from Chapman can be bought ala carte for broken ones.
August 13, 2010, 06:11 AM
My son and I have a set made by TITAN, 150 pieces, it has bits for commercial non-pilfer type screws, allen head, square head, we've found it to be nice so far.:)
August 13, 2010, 12:59 PM
Did Chapman explain that comment? Why wouldn't you like them? Just curious about their reasoning.
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