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Maintenance Q & A — February 2005
By Capt. Ken Kreisler

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PMY Tries... Craftsman Auto Loading Screwdriver
 More of this Feature
• Moisture intrusion, and more
• Bleeding a hydraulic steering system, and more
• PMY Tries... Craftsmen Auto Loading Screwdriver

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• Maintenance Q&A Index

I’m sure you’ve been in a situation like this before: You’re in a tight space in the engine room, and when you reach in with your screwdriver, you discover it’s the wrong size. Now you need to back out of the space, rummage through your toolbox, and find the right driver for the job.

Craftsman, which has been selling tools since 1927, has a neat solution in the form of its auto-loading, multibit screwdriver. It changes bits in seconds while barely requiring you to move a finger.

Here’s how it works: Simply pull back on the handle to expose the clear-plastic barrel, and select the proper bit by turning the handle. Once that’s done, all you have to do is close the handle, and the bit is automatically pushed into place.

I gave one to a dock buddy and asked him to pass it around from boat to boat. The unanimous consensus was that this handy tool should be part of any nautical toolbox.

The Craftsman Auto Loading Screwdriver comes standard with six magnetic bits: three slotted, two Phillips, and one TORX. Other bits are available. It retails for $19.95 and is available at Sears stores as well as online at —K.K.

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This article originally appeared in the January 2005 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.

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