Multi-Bit vs. Individual Screwdrivers – You Have to Pick!

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I’m sure you know what a multi-bit screwdriver looks like, but just in case, let’s start off with a good example – the new Wiha multi-bit drivers.

Tekton Multi-Bit Screwdriver in Black

There are many other sizes and shapes of multi-bit screwdrivers, but there’s one major commonality – built-in bit storage.

Klein 32613 3-in-1 Multi-Bit Precision Screwdriver

As long as it has multiple bit sizes and styles, it’s a multi-bit screwdriver.

Megapro Insert Bit Ratcheting Screwdriver

Some interchangeable bit screwdrivers also have ratcheting mechanism.

But the point is this – on one hand, we have multi-bit screwdrivers that deliver x-in-1 functionality.

Wera Kraftform Plus 334-6 Screwdriver Set with Lasertips and Rack

And on the other side of things, we have screwdriver sets, individually-sized screwdrivers, and other one-tool-fits-one-size screwdrivers.

The “You Have to Pick!” part of the title is unfair, I know, but it’s a good exercise in sorting out one’s preferences and needs.

I love using multi-bit screwdrivers, but could give them up if I had to. Individually-sized screwdrivers, on the other hand – those would be tough to replace.

Wera 5059295001 KK 60 Kraftform Bitholding Screwdriver Set

There are also bit sets, which can sometimes make up for the shortcomings of multi-bit screwdrivers, but they also don’t quite have all the benefits of individual screwdrivers.

Some bit sets have hex shanks, others have a proprietary connection. There’s also the option of pairing a bit holder with standard 1/4″ hex insert or power bits, but that’s usually just a multi-bit screwdriver without internal storage.

The Big Question – Which Would You Pick and Why?

Multi-bit screwdrivers excel in giving you x-number of screwdriver sizes and styles in a compact package.

Individual screwdrivers give you tip-specific handle shapes and sizes, and also shafts as narrow as they need to be. You can always find the ideal screwdriver size and shape for an application.

Can multi-bit screwdrivers replace individual drivers in ALL scenarios? No. Can individual screwdrivers replace multi-bit drivers in ALL scenarios? Possibly – things get complicated when you think about ratcheting mechanisms and special scenarios.

There’s no right answer to this question.

For me, I prefer and benefit from having both types of screwdrivers at my disposal. I need individual screwdriver styles for certain applications, and I also like the variety available to me.

But you also can’t pocket an entire screwdriver set in the same way you can a multi-bit screwdriver.

If I had to pick one, it would be individual screwdrivers. If a multi-bit shaft is too wide, or its bits too short, they won’t fit all of the types of fastening tasks I come across.

The reason for this post is because I’ve seeing a lot of polarized opinions. “Multi-bit screwdrivers are the ONLY choice.” Why?

Overwhelming preferences are okay, and I’d like to hear more about everyone’s choices and preferences.

Multi-bit screwdrivers or individual sizes, which would you choose, and which could you give up?

We will be happy to hear your thoughts

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