April 8, 2008

TK Tool 4.8-Volt Screwdriver - Review

tktool_screwdriver.jpgTool King is one of our favorite online tool retailers. They're fast, the price is competitive and they're always offering some sweet rebate that we can't resist. For the most part, they deal exclusively in contractor-grade tools. You go to their store looking for Bosch, DeWalt, Festool, Hitachi, and Jet. But, recently, they've stuck their toe into the light-duty arena with the release of their very own line of tools. TKTools was launched last month and they were nice enough to send us some samples to check out. Here, we're reviewing their little 4.8V Screwdriver, and at some point soon, we're going to look at their 18-volt drill.

tktool_screwdriver_case.jpgTKTool's Screwdriver is a very small, very stripped down item. They've made sure that, literally, anyone can use it. There's not even a toggle between forward and reverse, instead, there are just two separate buttons. The driver bits just slip in the front where they're locked in and they easily pull out with no hassle. The simplicity of this tool makes it incredibly user-friendly. As for power, the Screwdriver has a small 4.8 volts which really put it firmly into the screwdriver category, as opposed to the drill/driver world. It's plenty powerful for all the small, around the house tasks, but you won't be doing a whole lot of drilling with it.

The Screwdriver is so small, it can be stored just about anywhere and it fits nicely in the hand when in use. It has an internal battery, so to charge it, you just plug it right into the AC Adapter that it comes with. There's also a little LED light that brightens up the work area and a little spot on top of the driver where you can store a bit.

tktool_screwdriver_case_ope.jpgIn a way, the driver reminds us of Ryobi's Rotarty Tool set, in that the tool itself is OK, but the real glory comes with the accessory package. Just about every driver bit you would ever want for around the house work is contained in the 100 piece kit (Philips, square, flat, and even the weird star one that we need for working on the truck). The whole shebang is contained in a very cool fold out carrying case. When closed up, the case makes for a compact item that could easily be stowed away in a closet

It's obvious that this tool isn't up for job site abuse, but that's not what it's trying to be. What it is is a very simple, effective tool that anyone can use. If you're going to be shipping someone off to college this year, this would be a nice thing to send with them.

tktool_screwdriver_case_op.jpgThe 4.8-Volt Screwdriver is available in two kits, the first one only comes with four bits and no carrying case and sells for $19.99. The other has the 100 accessories and the carrying case and sells for $29.99. To us, if you're already in for $20, an extra ten for all the additional goodies is a no-brainer. The deal is made better when you think that DeWalt makes a 37-piece driver accessory kit that retails for over $20.

If you want to see the Screwdriver in action, Toologics has some video here.

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