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Review: The Channellock ratcheting 13 ‘N 1 is an outstanding all-in-one screwdriver

Channellock 13n1 ratcheting screwdriver

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Review: The Channellock ratcheting 13 ‘N 1 is an outstanding all-in-one 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.

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.

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.

What makes this a great ratcheting screwdriver?

Fit the CHANNELLOCK 13n1 Ratcheting 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.

Channellock 13n1 Ratcheting Screwdriver

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

  • Well Built: Solid construction and feel.
  • Comfortable: Rubberized and textured grip.
  • 3-Position Head: Locked | Ratchet forward | Ratchet reverse.
  • Handles Tough Fasteners: 225 lbs. torque allows even the most difficult fasteners to be removed and inserted.
  • 360-degree Bit Carousel: The pull out carousel holds 6 double-sided bits and freely spins 360-degrees when pulled out. The snap shut feature (think cabinet hinge action) of the carousel ensures the carousel stays securely closed when pushed in.
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CHANNELLOCK 13n1 360-degree spinning carousel

6 double-sided tips and the 1/4″ hex shaft make up the standard 13 ‘N 1 drive options

The ratcheting action makes quick work and requires less effort compared to a standard screwdriver.

CHANNELLOCK 13n1 drive settings

3 drive options: 2 ratcheting + locked

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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