By July 17, 2012

Anytime Tools Micro Precision Screwdriver Set Review

As I accumulated gadgets — portable gaming devices, knives, camcorders, laptops, etc — I also began to discover all sorts of weird screw types. Sure, there were different sizes of the typical Phillips and Standard screws, but there are different numbers of Torx screws, POZI screws, the weird Line Head screws used on Nintendo products, and so on. We even have a table built with Robertson square bit screws, popular in Canada. Then there are the star-shaped bits and every once in awhile I find screws or bolts with two little holes in them that need a prong-shaped bit.

Over the years I acquired bits to unlock these mysterious screws, but I’ve also moved a lot. This means that I’ve got a few Torx drivers somewhere, some star-shaped bits somewhere else, and I can never seem to find the right size Phillips bit when I need it. The latest straw was my Kershaw knives, which needed a very small #6 Torx bit. I needed the T6 to move the clip to the other side of the knife, and sure enough I didn’t have the tiny bit.

To Amazon.com!

I found the Anytime Tools Micro Precision Screwdriver set for $9 delivered via Amazon Prime. It does the job, but if I had to buy it all over again I’d probably get something else.

Here’s my review.

Bits and Pieces

The Micro Precision Screwdriver set comes with 30 bits, a plastic adjustable-mouth driver, and a metal magnetic extension wand.

You’ll get:

  • 9 pc Torx T4, T5, T6, T7, T8, T9, T10, T15, T20
  • 7 pc Flat 1.0, 1.5, 2.0, 2.5, 3.0, 4.0 mm
  • 4 pc Phillips 000, 00, 0, 1
  • 2 pc POZI #0, #1
  • 8 pc HEX 1.27, 1/16″, 5/64″, 3/32″, 7/64″, 1/8″, 9/64″, 5/32″

That isn’t a comprehensive set of bits (no square Robertsons, for example) but I really needed the T6 more than anything else, and for two bucks more than buying the T6 size locally I got a bunch of other bits.

The plastic driver has a threaded head. This is used to loosen and tighten the head of the driver.

Usage

I moved the clip on my Kershaw, so this set by Anytime Tools did its job. However, there are some usability things that made me wonder if I should have purchased something else.

I own a lot of cheap tools, and the driver in this set makes those shitty tools seem heirloom quality. The threaded head comes loose with use, and then the bit falls out. I was tempted to really screw the head down, but I was afraid of stripping the plastic threads.


Be careful not to strip the threads on the adjustable head of the driver.

You really need to take care of the driver, because the bit diameters are non-standard. I have many drivers with replaceable bits, and all of those bits are the same diameter. I can use them in my drills, too. The Anytime Tools “micro” diameter is too small. If you screw up the driver, you’re out of luck.

Conclusion

What can I say — for $9 this set got the job done. However, I was disappointed by the driver and the diameter of the bits. In retrospect, the word “micro” refers to the smaller bits, but when I purchased the set I figured it meant that the driver was short enough to use on smaller projects.

I have a hard time recommending the set. I’m sure I’ll use it again in the future, but if I have a more reoccurring need for oddly-sized bits I may wind up buying another set.

Not recommended

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