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Wera Kraftform Kompakt 27 RA Slotted Ratcheting Screwdriver, 1/4" Head
|Price:||$46.13 & FREE Shipping on orders over $49. Details|
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|Number of Items||1|
|System of Measurement||Inch|
|EAN||4013288156068 , 0014444899151|
|Manufacturer Series Number||27 RA|
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Top Customer Reviews
1. The ratcheting action is fine-tooth. What this means is that you only have to turn the screwdriver a miniscule amount before it engages the next tooth. Very helpful in tight spaces!
2. The bits don't rattle around in the handle! This is not a small issue for me! Use a rattling screwdriver over the course of a full day and the sound will drive you nuts!
3. The shaft has the least wobble of any other ratcheting screwdriver I own. This helps tremendously with maintaining alignment with screws of questionable integrity (yes, the crap from China).
4. The handle release is slick. Push the button, take out the bit, snap closed. No unscrewing a handle cap.
Buy it. Period. I think its the best out there.
The bits are nice and the driver is phyisically weighty...but those are about the only positives I see.
Problems as I see them:
1. Ratcheting mechanism sticks. ALL THE TIME. I can never get the thing into reverse without fiddling with it. That's a big negative.
2. Bit storage, while inventive, isn't particularly efficient nor is it smooth. It also give the handle a much looser feel than many competitors.
3. There were a number of burrs in the plastic - I have many other Wera screwdrivers and while some have burrs, none have as many as this (and the more Kompact driver with internal storage) do.
4. Oil from the storage mechanism is all over the inside of the screwdriver, and therefore all over the bits.
5. There is quite a lot of play in the blade itself, where it sits in the ratcheting mechanism. I expect an expensive tool to have tight fitting components with good tolerances.
I was really disappointed in this when I first got it. I'm 'okay' with it now, but it really is not worth the asking price in my opinion - it is only marginally better than a Kobalt or Craftsman that you can get down the street at half this price.
If you've got the cash and really want a good ratcheting bit driver I'd give PB Swiss a hard look. It's a big pill to swallow but, in my opinion, it's worth it.
I'm going to try to not repeat what's in the other reviews and just focus on a few points that stand out for me.
-The magnet is very strong. Holds bits securely, and holds even long screws to help with one-handed use.
-The bit holding system is slick and easy to use. Better than any other I've seen.
-The mechanism feels solid and strong. I would not hesitate use this as hard as a non-ratcheting driver.
-The magnet actually came out with one of the bits once. I epoxied it back in place and don't expect this to be a problem. It seems to have just been held there by its own magnetism.
-I'm not as convinced by the handle shape as most people. Obviously this is highly subjective. It's impressive that so many users, from grandmothers to gorilla-fisted mechanics love the Wera Kraftform shape. But it may not be instant bliss for everyone. I don't dislike it. It almost fits my hands--which are fairly big and long, but not huge. It just feels a bit awkward when holding it in some positions. I'll update this review in a few months. Maybe I'll see the light by then.
-The butt end of the handle could be lower friction, for spinning against your palm.
-It's sometimes easy to set the ratchet selector between positions. If you do it makes grinding noises. Would be nice if it snapped more solidly into position.
These complaints are minor. I bring them up not because I know of a better tool, but because this one comes with such an impressive reputation and price that every little thing draws attention.
I put my tools in a large tool bag, with pockets in the flaps for storing, and because I always situate them work end down, I appreciate the colors on the handle of this ratchet screwdriver. I spot it instantly when I open the flap of my bag.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
excellent quality. the ratchet points are a bit too small, but is a non issue. The only screwdriver you'll ever need with a magnetic core and loosening and tightening ratcheting,... Read morePublished 3 months ago by jon
Smooth ratcheting action. Easy access to bits. Only issue after two years was the magnet in the tip came loose easily glued back in.Published 6 months ago by Principle
Quality is there. But for me not a good fit. I'm a bandsaw (metal cutting) repairman. Lots of metal chips in my life.
Magnet in tip is too strong for ME. Read more
Im on my 3rd screwdriver. I sent the other two back because the craftsmanship of this ratchet screwdriver is poor at best. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Phatcat54
One of my favorite tools. Feels great and typical german quality.Published 9 months ago by Bob Loblaw