The Best High-Speed Screwdriver: Wera Kraftform Kompakt Turbo i

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Best high-speed screwdrivers for the engineer: Wera Kraftform Kompakt Turbo i

Wera Kraftform Kompakt Turbo I, Mechanical screwdriver offers the speed of a battery-powered screwdriver...

Wera Kraftform Kompakt Turbo I The Best Screwdriver of 2021I find that having a set of quality screwdrivers makes my life easier and less frustrating. Having the right tool for the job not only saves me time, but it also prevents me from causing extra work (not to mention frustrations) for myself by chewing up fasteners.

So when I found a mechanical screwdriver that offered the speed of a battery-powered screwdriver (Wera Kraftform Kompakt Turbo I), I had to get one to try out. 

And I love it!

History Of The Screwdriver

"The earliest documented screwdrivers were used in the late Middle Ages. They were probably invented in the late 15th century, either in Germany or France. The tool's original names in German and French were Schraubendreher (screwturner) and tournevis (turnscrew), respectively. The first documentation of the tool is in the medieval Housebook of Wolfegg Castle, a manuscript written sometime between 1475 and 1490. These earliest screwdrivers had pear-shaped handles and were made for slotted screws (diversification of the many types of screwdrivers did not emerge until the Gilded Age). The screwdriver remained inconspicuous, however, as evidence of its existence throughout the next 300 years is based primarily on the presence of screws."...

  • 827 T i Kraftform Turbo handle
  • 817 VDE handle
  • 2 x Phillips
  • 2 x Pozidriv 
  • 2 x Pozidriv/straight edge
  • 4 x TORX
  • 4 x straight edge
  • 1 x nylon case

I'm a big fan of the Wera Kraftform Kompakt Turbo I blades. 

Normal insulated blades have the insulation placed on top of the metal blade, making them thicker than usual, and this can make them hard, if not impossible, to use in some circumstances. These low-profile Wera blades are no thicker than regular non-insulated blades, which means they can reach fasteners that live down rabbit holes.

Everything is packed in a tough nylon case, designed to keep everything in its place. 

At almost $150, Wera Kraftform Kompakt Turbo I kit is not cheap, but it's up there with the best screwdrivers out there. On top of that, the mechanical turbo feature is super handy if you work with screwdrivers a lot, the time and effort that this set will save you will pay for itself pretty quickly. You're also getting the safety and security of using tools tested to be safe to 1,000V, which is always comforting.

The Wera Kraftform Kompakt Turbo I handle is a little larger than a normal screwdriver handle, and on the inside is gearing to multiply the twisting action.

I'll admit that this handle felt gimmicky at the start, but once I'd used it a few times I found it to be very efficient, and I could quickly switch from turbo mode to drive the faster down to standard mode for the final tightening faster than using a battery driver.

Also included in the kit is a standard handle, which is a nice touch. The 14 included screwdriver blades click securely into the handles for safety and security. There's nothing worse than screwdriver blades that fall off into machinery and electronics (yes, I've had this happen with cheaper screwdrivers!).

Everything in the kit is electrically insulated to IEC 60900 standards, which means all the parts (except for the case) have been tested to be safe for up to 1,000V -- so you'll live to tell the tale if you happen to touch a live wire!

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