Stanley FatMax 4:1 Geared Ratchet Screwdriver
A worthy tool
I find this tool most helpful in the job I do I'm very happy to have such a valuable asset as I am often putting new lights in and around the blocks of homes I caretake.
12 Jul 2014
ideal for my intended purpose.
Let's get this straight - if you think this will allow you to drive four inch screws into timber faster due to the 4:1 gear ratio it won't!
The resistance from the screw will compound the gearing, you wouldn't try to drive up a steep hill in fourth gear would you?
My purpose for this primarily is removing and replacing electrical screws in sockets and switches, very little resistance but a lot of turning so this is ideal.
Ignoring the fact it has gearing the use is optional so it will perform as a normal ratcheting screwdriver. Under heavy load the ratchet does slip, removing and replacing the bits from the onboard storage is fiddley, the ratchet cannot be locked for use as a normal screwdriver and if you have fat fingers selecting the drive direction can be difficult.
I have a Stanley multi bit screwdriver that has been in daily use for just over ten years and it's still going strong, this screwdriver is twice the current price and not as good but as I have stated it has a specific purpose for me.
2 Jan 2014
Thought it would be better. Used to ordinary ratchet and this one works opposite. Prefer the other one.
23 Dec 2013
Not good enough!!!
I agree with the last review, the ratchet slips and if you try to use the geared ratchet,forget it,as soon as you apply any pressure it locks up. Took it back within 48 hours. Nice idea but not up to the job. Expected more from stanley,their tools are usually very good quality.
1 Dec 2013