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#4711855 - 03/30/18 08:33 PM My favourite multidriver
Number_35 Offline


Registered: 07/07/14
Posts: 710
Loc: Winnipeg MB CA
Disclaimer: I've always been the guy who doesn't like multi-drivers - cheap substandard plastic screwdrivers with a hollow handle with a whole bunch of soft or brittle or rust-prone metal bits that I lose.

However, 15 or 20 years ago I saw these at Canadian Tire and bought a couple. Still going strong. I don't use them on cars, but keep one in the house and one in tne bike tool bag.

Here it is with all four 'bits' retracted:


Here's the end, hard to read in this photo. It says "DURA-DRIVE" and "MADE IN UK".


Here are all four legs extended, for demonstration only. There's a medium-sized blade, a medium-sized Phillips, a Robertson #1, and a Robertson #2. (May have been manufactured specifically for the Canadian market, with Robertson screws being very popular here.)


Here's the Phillips extended:


Here's how it's held in place while in use:


Ingenious, I wish they were still available, perhaps in sets of three or four with different ends available.

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#4711939 - 03/30/18 10:12 PM Re: My favourite multidriver [Re: Number_35]
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Registered: 01/21/17
Posts: 233
Loc: Toronna
You bet Canadian market only if it has both robbies.

Oh, the old days when Canadian tire sold quality tools. Did you know Gray made mastercraft wrenches once upon a time?
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#4712136 - 03/31/18 08:22 AM Re: My favourite multidriver [Re: Number_35]
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Great design. It looks well used. The handle must be made of tough stuff for the tension pins to not break out after 20 years of use.
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#4712155 - 03/31/18 08:41 AM Re: My favourite multidriver [Re: AZjeff]
Number_35 Offline


Registered: 07/07/14
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Loc: Winnipeg MB CA
Originally Posted By: AZjeff
Great design. It looks well used. The handle must be made of tough stuff for the tension pins to not break out after 20 years of use.

Agreed, I have an Allen (hex) key multidriver of similar design, and broke the largest (8 mm) arm when I put too much force on it. If you can break it by hand, it's underbuilt.

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#4712159 - 03/31/18 08:45 AM Re: My favourite multidriver [Re: maxdustington]
Number_35 Offline


Registered: 07/07/14
Posts: 710
Loc: Winnipeg MB CA
Originally Posted By: maxdustington
You bet Canadian market only if it has both robbies.

Oh, the old days when Canadian tire sold quality tools. Did you know Gray made mastercraft wrenches once upon a time?

I wonder if they put different arms in for different markets. I would love to have one of four Phillips, one of four Robbies, one of four blades.

Actually, with the demise of Sears I have bought a few tools from Canadian Tire. Princess Auto's PowerFist line is pretty low-end, but their ProPoint tools are pretty good.

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#4712160 - 03/31/18 08:47 AM Re: My favourite multidriver [Re: Number_35]
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Registered: 11/20/06
Posts: 18249
Loc: MA, Mittelfranken.de
Interesting design although it doesn't look like it would take hard use like a quality bit and holder.
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#4715986 - 04/04/18 09:51 AM Re: My favourite multidriver [Re: maxdustington]
853okg Offline


Registered: 02/28/18
Posts: 14
Loc: USA
I used to be that guy too until a buddy left a MEGAPRO with me. Now I can't imagine not having one.

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#4716165 - 04/04/18 12:39 PM Re: My favourite multidriver [Re: Number_35]
Trav Offline


Registered: 11/20/06
Posts: 18249
Loc: MA, Mittelfranken.de
I have one from Klein, its looks like it came from a dollar store on sale but its good quality despite the .10c rubber handle cover.
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#4716647 - 04/04/18 09:42 PM Re: My favourite multidriver [Re: Trav]
Number_35 Offline


Registered: 07/07/14
Posts: 710
Loc: Winnipeg MB CA
Klein tools are very well regarded in the electrical trades. Still made in the US as far as I know.

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#4716654 - 04/04/18 09:45 PM Re: My favourite multidriver [Re: Number_35]
EdwardC Offline


Registered: 11/14/13
Posts: 1821
Loc: Chicago, IL
I've never had one that I really liked, but I've never had a half decent one, just cheap ones. I might have to try out a Megapro or Klein (or something else that costs more than $3).

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#4716927 - 04/05/18 07:57 AM Re: My favourite multidriver [Re: Number_35]
Trav Offline


Registered: 11/20/06
Posts: 18249
Loc: MA, Mittelfranken.de
Originally Posted By: Number_35
Klein tools are very well regarded in the electrical trades. Still made in the US as far as I know.


It is is USA made but that rubber handle cover still blows.
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