August 26, 2010

Megapro 13-in-1 Ratcheting Screwdriver - Review

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A while back we got an email from a reader who was so enthusiastic (or possibly coked up) over a tool that we felt compelled to contact the manufacturer for more information. The tool is the MegaPro 13-in-1 Ratcheting Screwdriver and this is what reader David had to say:

...I thought I'd throw out a suggestion for a review, because this is by far the best screwdriver I have ever used. I don't know how to describe it. I have had snap-on, mac, craftsman, and most recently switched to Felo, but this one is just so smooth and so good. The ratchet action is FAST. Some screwdrivers you have to turn a lot to get one "click". Not with this... its tight. The handle feels great... when you pull out the housing for the bits, its smooth and then "snaps" back into place as if t is magnetic. The bits are two sided and excellent. The shaft is not too bulky and gets into tight spots. Just use one for a while and you will see what I mean. I have no affiliation with this company, just really like this thing.

megapro_storage.jpgPretty strong words. Thankfully, Megapro (a screwdriver company with the kickass tag line, 'every bit better') was nice enough to send a sample our way so that we could do some first hand investigation into David's lunatic ravings.

So we've had the tool for a couple of weeks now and have used it on the job site, at the house, and we even assembled about ½ dozen pieces of Ikea furniture with it. We have also come to the firm conclusion that David is right on the money. This is one seriously nice screwdriver.

In fact, we agree with everything David says; the bits are strong, the ratcheting is tight, the handle feels great, and the bit storage clicks back into place with a satisfying sound. We also like that the bit storage is sort of hidden in the curved handle design so if you just glanced at the tool, you wouldn't really expect that there are six double-sided bits tucked away in there. The design also gives a great area to grip, which is only made better by the little rubberized nubs that line the handle.

megapro_ratchet.jpgThe bit selection is also great with all of the common sizes of slotted, Philips and Robertson represented. We're big fans of the inclusion of the four torx bits (which double as Allen heads for lockset set screws). The tip of the driver can also be used naked for 1/4" hex heads. Also, the ratcheting action has forward, reverse, and a lock-out so it can be used as a regular screwdriver as well.

Along with the screwdriver, MegaPro sent their little flashlight attachment. It's a little light that comes with a little clip that attaches to the stem of the screwdriver. We did a little eye roll when we first saw it, but it turned out to be quite useful. We ended up taking it out of the clip and using it as a mini-flashlight more often than not.

megapro_light.jpgSo the bottom line is that this is a finely tuned piece of machinery (made in Canada...not China). In fact, because of the ratcheting action and the bit selection, it's overtaken the Milwaukee as our screwdriver of choice (this is not a dig on the Milwaukee at all, but their screwdriver is designed with HVAC and electricians in mind and has bits appropriate to those trades, the MegaPro has a more general selection which we find more useful, particularly the torx bits).

And you'll have to invest a tidy sum if you want this thing on your hip. The 13-in-1 sells for about $40 which, obviously, it a whole hell of a lot more than the rusty old screwdrivers you've got in the shoebox out in the garage. There's no question that it's a lot to pay for a screwdriver, but this one has that great feel of a well-made tool and if that's something you appreciate, this is one that you want to invest in.

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It lacks the knurled section on the shaft of the Snap-On which is good for giving a quick spin to a loose fastener.


Posted by: Roy at August 27, 2010 3:53 PM
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