The Right Tool for the Times

By May 16, 2007General

UPDATE (2:30 p.m.) We’ve rewritten this post after have been informed that Penn United Technology, which manufactures lots of tools for Loggerhead, does not actually make this specific product, the Bit Dr. Doesn’t negate the attention being paid to a worthy product as well as Penn United’s outstanding reputation, but credit where credit due, of course. Sorry for the error.

Congratulations to Loggerhead Tools for earning notice from Popular Mechanics for its tool, the Loggerhead Bit Dr. As the magazine’s Erik Sofge states in the magazine’s blog:

LoggerHead Tools, best-known for its Bionic Wrench, seems to specialize in tools that are equal parts ingenious and impossible to describe.
But it’s worth rambling about the Bit Dr., a weird little multi-bit compact screwdriver that might just change the way you, um, drive screws. It’s small (4 in. closed) and light (6 ounces), with 10 double-sided bits stored in the handle. And the shaft folds out to one of five different positions, ranging from a right-angle pistol grip to a straight, traditional stick-handle.

But it’s the Bit Dr.’s quasi-ratcheting shaft that’s so subversive: When you press it against a fastener, the shaft locks in place, letting you turn the handle and the fastener with it. Release the pressure, and the shaft rotates, for a slightly clumsy ratcheting action. The press release mentions something about turning the shaft with your thumb and index finger, which obviously would give you zero power, and which I completely disregarded.

Sheesh, everyone’s a tool critic.

Seriously, Popular Mechanics gives the tool high praise and great publicity, well earned from the looks of it. (We’re not so handy around the house.)

BTW, Loggerhead’s manufacturing partner on many tools — although not the Bit Dr. — is a well-respected NAM member, Penn United Technology, Inc. As we wrote earlier, “Penn United Technology, Inc., an employee-owned company based in Cabot, Penn., is known for its high-quality products, truly the competive edge in the tough global marketplace.”

(Hat tip, Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit, who reacquainted us with Popular Mechanics after a 25 year gap in our reading. The magazine covers all manner of subject critically important to manufacturing in a way the layman can appreciate. The editors also bring an engineer’s skeptical, informed eye to the topics of the day, such as the conspiratorialists who make excuses for the men who murdered thousands of people on September 11th. Really a good publication and website.)