As a watch collector its always handy to have a selection of precision screwdrivers to perform general maintenance such as battery and strap replacements. I’ve had a few sets over the years – nothing fancy – definitely not any Swiss made jewellers tools. Its often said you get what you pay for, but with this Stanley set you really do get the best of both worlds. A quality tool for a low price.
Visually the 6 piece set is a bit garish. I mean, a bright yellow case and matching screwdrivers… really?! As an initial impression goes, and for something labelled “precision” its not that good – almost toy like. Upon closer inspection and in the hand they are anything but – and when your work area is covered in electronic “carnage” the screwdrivers instantly stand out (arhh… so that’s why they are yellow?!).
Sure, the shafts are plastic and not metal as is common with similar, more expensive screwdrivers, but they do have some well thought out features: the ergonomic comfort shape, black rubber ribbed grips and swivel head handles really do assist in the removal of stubborn screws.
The storage case itself is ingenious. To open it, push the lid upwards and then fold it back on itself. The case then sits on its lid perfectly. The first time the lid accidentally comes off (and off it will surely come) it rapidly becomes some sort of Rubik’s Cube puzzle and getting it back on proves frustrating until you get the knack! The easiest method is to align the groves (on the lid) with the base pins (top of base) making sure the base (with the lip) is facing you. Gently pull apart the lid section so that the pins enter the groove and that is that!
Unfortunately, since I bought my set, the manufacturer has decided to do away with the clear plexi-glass folding cover. Not sure why, probably to cut down manufacturing costs? But this is quite a negative move as dirt and dust can now enter the case quite readily. Strange one that!
I have quite a few Casio watches (including G-Shock) and find that these are perfect for all Casio screws (slotted and cross). In fact they were the only ones that fitted snugly (without movement) into the slotted screw rod system used on the Casio PRW-2500. Using two Stanley screwdrivers I removed the resin band and replaced it with a NATO strap in next to no time.
For the record the set contains four parallel (or flat slotted) sizes: 1.4mm, 2.0mm, 2.4mm and 3mm and two Phillips (cross head) in sizes: #0 and #1. The tips are expertly tooled and grip screw heads better than most cheap precision screwdriver sets. This is particularly important when working on watches as slipping (due to thin or poorly designed tips) can scratch the watch case/lugs and also burr the screw heads making them impossible to remove.
The individual tip sizes are also marked on the end of each screwdriver (e.g. + #0) and also within the storage case. Each screwdriver has its on slot in the case and these slots aren’t interchangeable (i.e the screwdrivers only snap in to their own slot). The average length of the screwdrivers is 110mm.
The screwdriver tips are anodised black steel, not magnetized and very durable (possibly hardened?) and show no signs of wear, even after many months of use.
For the price they cannot be beaten. They are an ideal lightweight addition to any toolbox and will perfom a multitude of tasks around the home or workplace. Shame about the case redesign, but this set is still a good buy.