SPECIAL NOTE (3-21-22) – This kit is on sale today for 20% off the current list price.
Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.
For today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day we have the Nanch 22 Piece Precision Screwdriver Set. I will start out with what this is not, vs. what it is. Bluntly it is a 22 dollar item and it works great for that level of cost. It may be called “precision” but that word is subjective and NOT some recognized enforced label either, anyone can use it.
To me the truth is precision here lies in use which I will get to next. When reading the reviews I saw some intelligent negative reviews stating the bits are not “perfectly machined”. While I have used a few and not had any issues, given it is made in China, I don’t doubt these people. They seem to come across as machinist types, who expect perfection. Fine, pay for perfection then. Perfection does not come at 22 dollars in a tool set.
The other negative claims are that the set damaged screws etc. No dummies the set did not do that, you did it and I will explain how. You took a very hard bit, put in on a very soft screw, said screw was likely in some cheap piece of shit and over tightened. You then made a choice and exceeded the metal hardness of the screw, with a substance harder than the screw. If you did the same with a perfectly machined tool, the same thing will happen.
So now the good as the limitations are out of the way. I got this set because my wife wanted to open some cheap plastic battery holders with tiny phillips screws and could not find our “eye glass” screw driver set. The typical shit that sells for less than 10 bucks like this. I was about to just get one for her and said to myself, “you know these things are garbage, how much do I need to spend to do better”.
I don’t need tools like this often but when I do, well nothing else will work. I wanted something small, well made, well organized and that would live in a drawer where if it goes missing, its frankly Dorothy’s fault, not mine. I found this, then I read the positive and negative reviews and considered it worth the risk, knowing I could send it right back if it was a POS.
Well, based on the fact that this review exists, you can tell that I decided it was a good set of tools for the price.
Now let’s talk about “precision” here, it lies in use. The tool is very well made, and has a handle that lets you use it, precisely on small objects. In that the back of the handle has a spindle and so does the collar above the shaft. This aids ease of use and gives you control.
The materials are top notch for the price and if used within its limits it is a huge improvement with a lot more flexibility over a typical “eye glass” set. Back 30 years ago when I was involved in Data Networks, it was the type of set my MAC (move, add, change) and Customer Service (trouble shooting) crews used. This is the type of thing a set like is good for along with basic home use.
As to damaged screws, etc. here is some advice. When trying to turn a screw, bolt, etc. You reach a point where you have to either realize you need something different to get it done or that you risk damaging the screw or tool. At that point THINK before you ACT. While it is true that better tools are less likely to do damage if a soft metal screw is in tighter than its tolerance, you are going to need some sort of “extractor” to get it out.
I need to point out this is very common in screws placed into plastic in cheap electronics. Go slow and you may make it work, but the risk is aways there. When a machine screws a screw into plastic, it goes in easier than it comes out. Just realize that and think when dealing with stuff like this. And when you install things, don’t over do it.
Side Tip – When you have a damaged screw in cheap plastic crap you can often extract them with a “reverse drill bit“, just drill into the head slowly and eventually it will tend to start turning. Yes there are tools made for this but that is another subject and we are not talking an engine block here folks. Still please look up how to do this on say YouTube before trying it. It is a good simple skill to have, BTW.
Anyway if you want a good micro bit kit for the standard stuff at the house hold level or perhaps are a computer tech or similar this is going to serve you well. They also make larger quantity bit kits including the biggest one at 57 pieces. I have not had the opportunity to examine one but I would bet it is the same quality just more bits. So opting for the bigger one is a person a choice. You can see all the bits in the listings.
As I said some say the bits are not “perfectly machined”. I looked at them closely and can see no obvious flaws, but I have not had an opportunity to use them all. I have used two phillips, a torx and flat tip they all worked fine. I am happy to recommend this kit for use within its limits, so Check out the Nanch Precision Screw Driver Set today. See the video below for more.
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