Holdsabit - Review
On-board bit storage on a drill is like cheese on a cracker (and I'm not entirely sure what I mean when I say that). I think the point is that it's kind of essential, or at least, if it's not there then it feels like something is lacking. But the bar here is set pretty low; even the best drills only come with room for maybe one or two 1" bits. This is alright, but if you're really getting into a project, it sure would be nice to have a spot to stick a bit for pre-drilling or to have room for four or five additional bits (P1, P2, P3, R1, R2, T15, etc). So yeah, wait a minute, here comes something called the Holdsabit. It actually looks like a one of those backpacks that you put on a dog for camping, but instead of holding Alpo and whiskey, it holds bits.
Holdsabit was nice enough to send us a sample to test out and we've been playing with it for a while now and have come to our conclusions.
It doesn't take a genius to figure out how it works; there is one strap at the front and one at the rear, and they loop around the drill and hold the "pack-mule" portion of the item to the drill's back. A while ago, a buddy of mine owned something similar, but it was held on with straps like a watch band, making it fussier to take on and off.
The Holdsabit has four long, chute-like holders. According to their site, the accessory can hold 16 1" bits. I can't imagine why anyone would need 16 bits at once, but the real strong point of the chute design is that it makes it easy to store larger items like drill bits and long driver tips. So basically, beyond all of the numbers, you can simply jam a lot of gear into the thing (including nut setters). It's tricky to get items out of the center of the chutes, so I comfortably settled on eight items (one at the end of each chute), which is still more than I'd ever need for a single project.
I tried it out on a few different drills (Bostitch, Makita, Festool, among others) and it fits nicely on all of them. It's too large for 12-volts and too long for impact drivers.
If there is a downside to the Holdsabit it is the fact that it completely covers up the gear switch. It's not a total loss though because it sits loosely enough that you have the ability to slide the Holdsabit off to one side to switch gears, or even just keep the thing in side-saddle mode. There are certainly work-arounds, but if you're doing something where you're constantly switching gears, the Holdsabit might get a little annoying.
So in the end, I really like the Holdsabit for its versatility and mega-storage, but because it does add size and bulk to the tool that it's on, it probably won't live permanently on my drill. Thankfully, it's designed to be easily taken on and off, so if I'm heading up a ladder or getting into some specific project, I can pop it on and reap the benefits, but when I don't need it, it just slips right off.
A great side benefit of the Holdsabit that I discovered is that it helps to organize the drill bit mess that lives in my drill case. So even when I'm not using the Holdsabit, it acts as an easy access bit storage system.
The Holdsabit goes for about $10 to $13 and is available solo or with a selection of bits. It's currently online at Xander Fasteners (for $13 with the bits) here. The product is also starting to show up in some Ace Hardware stores.
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Posted by Doug Mahoney at June 20, 2014 8:22 AM