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Kobalt Multi Drive Wrench Full Hands-on Review

Kobalt’s Multi Drive Wrench, a new dog-bone appearance atrium wrench, has become acutely accepted with anniversary shoppers and is aggressive arch to arch with Black & Decker’s new ratcheting ReadyWrench.

The aboriginal allotment of our analysis showed how able-bodied (or rather how poorly), the Multi-Drive fit accepted 6pt hex basics and bolts. This allotment of the analysis will focus on the hands-on superior and achievement of the Multi Drive Wrench.

What’s Included?

As apparent in the aloft photo, the Multi Drive apparatus comes with a baby flashlight attachment, a atrium and bit adapter, and a set of 12 screwdriver bits.

The atrium adapter adapter arch includes 1/4″, 3/8″ and 1/2″ aboveboard drives and a 1/4″ hex bit holder. Included with the screwdriver bit set are the afterward sizes: P1, P2, P3, “Star” T9, T10, T15, Slotted 1/8″, 3/16″, 1/4″, hex 3/16″, 7/32″ and 1/4″.

The Multi-Drive is in fact appealing able-bodied made. It’s a solid activity tool, and there aren’t any above flaws. That’s not to say that I like to architecture of the tool, but I accept no complaints about its body quality.

The accessories are as appropriately able-bodied made, except for the flashlight, which I begin to be acutely failing and chiffon feeling.

Design & Performance

As we ahead showed you, the Multi Drive does not fit hexagonal accouterments all that well. The “universal” SAE-metric sockets offers little tool-fastener contact, authoritative it somewhat ambiguous and awkward to use. I begin that the apparatus tended to wobble added than a 6pt socket, or even a 12pt wrench.

Kobalt Multi Drive Bend Duke Scale

For Size Reference, I abrasion Average Sized Gloves

From end to end, the Multi Drive Bend is about 10 inches long. This makes the apparatus compact, but somewhat afflictive to use. In accustomed use, I absorbed the apparatus by its handle, putting the centermost of my duke about 4 inches from the tool’s arbor of rotation. This is accept if ambidextrous with abate accouterments but a affliction if ambidextrous with beyond ones.

First, the beneath the ambit amid your duke and fastener, the lower the torque you can administer application the tool. Second, if absorbed from its center, the apparatus is awkward and afflictive to turn. Abundant of the rotational motion came from my wrist, arch to fatigue afterwards abbreviating just a few fasteners. Moving my duke to the adverse end of the apparatus and axis it from there accepted to be abundant added adequate and easier on my wrists.

Kobalt Multi Drive Bend Arch Removal

Multi Drive Atrium Arch Removed

The Multi Drive Bend is advised to be acclimated on 6pt, 12pt, spline, star, aboveboard and a lot of angled fasteners. But in reality, how abounding times will a homeowner or DIYer appear beyond these ballast types? Yes, “universal” sockets that awning “56 ballast types” sounds abundant in theory, but a apparatus advised alone for 6pt hex accouterments will be added practical.

I was clumsy to round-off or decidedly accident brand 5 accouterments with average amounts of hand-applied torque, but I am not assured that the apparatus won’t accident lower superior bolts beneath the aforementioned conditions.

Kobalt Multi Drive Bend Aboveboard Drive Arch with Atrium Attached

Socket Adapter Arch with Atrium Attached

The atrium and bit adapter arch can be swapped in for the ample accepted atrium arch by affairs out a bent pin. The pin is alone anchored by a baby brawl detent, but is absurd to abatement out by itself.

Kobalt Multi Drive Bend Screwdriver Bit Holding

Both the accepted atrium and atrium adapter active are acclimatized on one ancillary with 8 positions that acquaintance with the Multi-Drive’s congenital brawl detent. This allows anniversary atrium be ”locked in” at a appropriate angle, beeline or inline, and at 45° angles. You can use the sockets at altered angles, but the apparatus will acceptable breeze into abode at one of the detent positions.

Conclusion

I absolutely capital to like this tool. It has a nice grip, it’s almost compact, and it seems to be a able-bodied anticipation out design. But I hated application it. Maybe it’s something I charge to get acclimated to, but I just did not like the way the apparatus felt.

I accept a few added criticisms about the tool. The pin that holds in the ample atrium arch and atrium adapter arch is anxiously and abundantly knurled. But why is there a apart tiny brawl detent captivation it in place? I would accept admired to see it threaded as on a D shackle.

If I’m traveling to backpack abstracted socketdetent positionss to use with the atrium adapter head, I may as able-bodied backpack a ratchet as well, apprehension the adapter useless. I would accept abundant prefered to accept apparent a drop-in 1/4″ hex adapter sized to fit one of the sockets.

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