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Review: Channellock 13 ‘N 1 Ratcheting Screwdriver

Channellock 13n1 ratcheting screwdriver

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Review: Channellock 13 ‘N 1 Ratcheting Screwdriver

Review: Channellock 13 ‘N 1 Ratcheting Screwdriver

I came across the CHANNELLOCK® 13 ‘N 1 ratcheting all-in-one screwdriver in a local tool house and thought, “this is the first brilliant multi-bit driver worth buying”. And my initial instincts were right.

Fit this screwdriver in a tool bag or drawer and you’ll always have a very capable tool when you need to remove or insert a screw. The provided bit types address the most common fastener heads. The ratcheting action makes quick work and requires less effort compared to a standard screwdriver.

Of course a solid screwdriver shaft always comes in handy for those random prying needs, but that’s the only disadvantage any interchangeable bit screwdriver has in my opinion.

CHANNELLOCK 13n1 Ratcheting Screwdriver

An interesting, yet welcomed fact when doing research for this article, I came to realize that MEGAPRO makes the driver for CHANNELLOCK. After viewing the MegaPro site, I wish I knew about all their great drivers years ago. I no longer need to grab and carry a handful of drivers. All the popular bits are in one unit.

Highlights

  • Well built – Solid construction and feel.
  • Convenient and user-friendly – Pull out carousel with 6 double-sided bits.
  • 3 position head(i) ratchet forward (ii) ratchet reverse (iii) locked.
  • Comfortable – Rubberized and textured grip.
  • Handles tough fasteners – 225 lbs. torque allows even the most difficult fasteners to be removed and inserted.

**Dimensions: Overall Length = 8.75″ / Handle Length (minus locking collar) = 4.75″

CHANNELLOCK 13n1 360-degree spinning carousel

6 Bit 360-degree spinning carousel

6 double-sided tips and the 1/4″ hex shaft make up the standard 13 ‘N 1 drive options
Square Screw HeadSquare Tip Phillips Screw HeadPhillips Tip Slot Screw HeadSlot Tip Torx Screw HeadTorx Tip
#1 #0 #4 #10
#2 #1 #6 #15
#2 #20
#3 #25
CHANNELLOCK 13n1 drive settings

3 drive options – 2 ratcheting and one stationary

Bit Type and Replacements

Channellock 13n1 Replacement Bits

The screwdriver comes with 1/4-inch hex ball lock bits, and should always be used to ensure best use.

Buy OEM replacement bits

The pressure fitted ball lock bits are the only negative I can think of. Like most bits of this design, the bit is not completely secured in the driver and can remain in a screw head at times.

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