Rated 3.7 out of 5 by 13
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by ck Nice concept, weak magnet
I bought this bit holder to help me drive screws in a cabinet for drawer slides. That means reaching in with my drill, screw on the end, and hoping the screw (Philips) doesn't fall off when I'm trying to drive it.
So the magnet is a great idea. But I am skeptical that this is a quality rare-earth magnet. The slightest bump or shake of my hand made the screw fall off.
Maybe I got a bad one?
But to follow up on other reviews here: read the instructions on the card. Pull off the collar to put in the bit, then slide it on. While the magnet barely holds the bit, pushing the collar on really does put some torsion on the bit.
November 1, 2015
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by SledgeHammer Not Great
I found the product to be strange in two regards. First, the green collar is confusing to use, or to figure out its purpose. Second, the holder's shaft is unnecessarily long, putting the screw far ahead of the driver's chuck. It could be that this extra length of the thin shaft is a part of some torsion absorbing function, but that is not clear, nor do I find it useful.
Also, it seemed hard to place a bit in the holder, and it is hard to tell if the bit holder is two tight or is designed to require extra pressure to snap bits into place. It may be a feature designed to hold bits securely. However, inserting and removing bits is best done by removing the green collar.
October 28, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Matt No more dropped screws
The holding strength is excellent on this thing. Put your screw on the bit, slide the magnet forward until it clicks, and your all set. I get questions all the time from other trades wanting to know what it is. Their mind is blown when I put a 3 inch drywall screw on it and shake the drill as hard as I can and the screw doesn't budge.
The only drawback is the girth of this thing. I do low voltage work, so a lot of work on devices and in tight spots. For a quickie, just pull the magnet off and use it as a regular bit holder. The drawback there is that it is not magnetic with the green "super magnet" as I call it removed. If I'm going to be devicing or working in tight spaces all day, I go back to my regular bit holder, but for anything with clearance for it...usually anything using wood or drywall screws, this thing can't be beat.
September 12, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Heff Dazzled! Does everything it should very well
If there is a bit holder in the world with a stronger grip, I'd like to see it. I always used to drop screws off of my old "magnetic" bit holders when using them on ladders and lifts. The grip of this is amazing!
I saw an in-store demo where they spun a screw in this holder at full-speed in an impact driver, and it didn't break loose--with a 3" drywall screw.
Sure, the holder itself is a little bulky, but when you don't need the magnet, the sleeve is removable. Talk about the best of both worlds! It also prevents over-tightening the screw, by pushing the screw off of the holder once it's set into the wood. No un-removable, buried screws with this thing.
I originally git this as part of the 21-piece set, and we now buy them to replace old worthless magnetic holders that can barely hold 1-2" screws with the steadiest of hands. This is amazing, and worth the extra couple of bucks.
August 5, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Andrew Incredible
This bit holder is incredible!
I'm used to the old-style screw holder where you drop the screw into a tube....it flops around and I can't see how much further I have to drill.
This bit solves the problems. The screw gets sucked strongly onto the bit and does not move. Not only can you see the entire screw, but it stays in 1 place.
I did a shake test and couldn't dislodge the screw. I then ran a 2nd test and removed the special blue magnetic attachment and the screw fell off with the slightest bump. The magic is in the attachment. Don't go with the standard version of this without the magnetic tip.
The only issue that I have is that the tip is quite bulky and isn't good for tight areas. I was screwing smoke detectors to the ceilings and the tip kept getting stuck on the smoke detector before the screw was all the way in. I had to remove the blue tip and finish off the job.
It wouldn't stop me from recommending it. In fact, I'm so impressed that I'm planning on buying a few of these as gifts.
August 22, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Jimmy Mixed Bag But Overall Nice Product
First the good - This product works really well! I've historically used the type of bit holder that has a sleeve that slides down over the screw on the bit and then collapses as the screw is driven in. The problem with those is when the head of the screw will not fit inside the sleeve. This tool solved that. It has a very strong magnet around the bit that snaps the screw to attention on the end of the bit and pretty much locks it there. No longer does the screw fold over (for the most part anyway) right as it makes contact with the base material.
Now the bad - the Makita green plastic part can be a tiny bit bulky at times when putting fasteners in tight spaces. It will pop off if you need additional room but then the advantage of that magnetic base around the bit is lost and it's just another bit holder.
October 28, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by atpro25 Superb Bit Holder!
Fantastic magnet hold. Great durability. Awesome job Makita!
October 25, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by FoleyServices Useful Item
As a handyman I work on many different projects and the ability to quickly change bits on my drills as very necessary. This bit holder has worked very well so far and apears to be well made and should last for a long time. Would recommend to others,
June 18, 2014