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COOL TOOLS: Wiha ESD-Safe Rachet Tool Kit - Review

Scoring

Product Performed to Expectations: 7
Specifications were sufficient to design with: 10
Demo Software was of good quality: 10
Product was easy to use: 10
Support materials were available: 6
The price to performance ratio was good: 7
TotalScore: 50 / 60
  • RoadTest: COOL TOOLS: Wiha ESD-Safe Rachet Tool Kit
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  • Evaluation Type: Development Boards & Tools
  • Was everything in the box required?: Yes
  • Comparable Products/Other parts you considered: iFixit Pro Tech Toolkit
  • What were the biggest problems encountered?: The plastic moulding of the screwdriver is a little rough and it takes a few uses for it to loosen up to allow the easy removal of bits.

  • Detailed Review:

     

    The Kit

    72 Tooth Mini Rachet

    ESD Safe Precision Handle

    Micro Bit to 1/4" Drive Adaptor

     

    Slotted: 0.8, 1.2, 1.5, 1.8, 2.0, 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, and 4.0mm

    Phillips: #000, #00, #0, and #1

    Hex Metric: 0.7, 0.9, 1.35, 1.5, 2.0, 2.5, 3.0, and 4.0mm

    Hex Imperial: 0.050, 1/16, 5/64, 3/32, 7/64, 1/8, 9/64, and 5/32"

    Torx: T3, T4, T5, T6, T7, T8, T9, T10, T15, and T20

    Nut Driver Metric: 2.0, 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, 5.0, and 5.5mm

    Nut Driver Imperial: 5/64, 3/32, 7/64, 1/8, 9/64, 5/32, 3,16, and 7/32

    Pentalobe: PL1, PL2, PL3, PL4, PL5, and PL6

     

    Wiha Screwdriver Kit CaseWiha Screwdriver Kit Inside

     

    Performance

    This is a great tool kit that easily fits into a pocket, it has a generous range of bits included which should cover most work/repairs on small pieces of equipment. There is a 72 tooth mini ratchet which allows for finer control for when you have limited swing space, and there is the ESD safe bit holder made of a conductive plastic. The bit holder required a bit of cleaning up with a knife from the moulding process to allow the micro bits to be inserted.

     

    The ratchet requires the use of an adaptor to take it from a standard 1/4” bit size down to the micro bit size, this adds length which at first I didn’t think would make a difference until I needed to use this in quite a tight area and I wished the ratchet had been made to just take the micro bits directly.  I was able to use a 1/4” bit from another kit to carry out the task but I found the ratchet was slightly smaller than 1/4” and the bit would only insert a few millimetres before getting stuck.

     

    I took the kit to work and gave it to some of my coworkers to use and provide some feedback, this was overall positive for the quality of the product but they felt the price point was a little high when compared to some of the competing sets on the market. It was noted that the other sets were not ESD safe, and that this is likely why the price is that little bit higher than other sets on the market, and come in a sturdier metal case compared to the plastic or material cases that the others come in. The lack of security Torx bits was a bit disappointing given a security bit can be used to undo standard Torx screws too.

     

    Competition

    There are several competitors in the market for pocket tool kits which I have linked to at the bottom of this review. The iFixit Precision Driver Kit; which has the added benefit of having a compartmentalised lid to organise screws as you take disassemble units, it has a similar range of bits but lacks the ratchet, and the bit holder isn't ESD safe. There are also much cheaper kits around the £10-20 price range, my experience with these hasn't been great, I won't link to any of them as I have tried a multitude over the years from different places. The quality of the bits leaves a lot to be desired and they normally ended up rounding off or edges snapping off when trying to undo screws. So far the Wiha bits appear to be much stronger, they are made of a high grade chrome-vanadium.

     

    The Accidental Drop Test

    Having been using the kit in work for a few days I had to move between labs and put this kit into the side pocket of my lab coat. On my way to the new work area I leant over to pick some paperwork up and the kit slipped out of my pocket landing on the floor with a loud thud! There was no visible damage, not even any marks on the metal case, upon opening the case the only thing that had become dislodged slightly was the ratchet.

     

    Links

    iFixit Precision Driver Kit

    https://www.ifixit.com/Store/Tools/Mako-Driver-Kit--64-Precision-Bits/IF145-299?o=4


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