"Let's get this straight - if you think this will allow you to drive four inch screws into timber faster due to the 4:1 gear ratio it won't! The resistance from the screw will compound the gearing, you wouldn't try to drive up a steep hill in fourth gear would you? My purpose for this primarily is removing and replacing electrical screws in sockets and switches, very little resistance but a lot of turning so this is ideal. Ignoring the fact it has gearing the use is optional so it will perform as a normal ratcheting screwdriver. Under heavy load the ratchet does slip, removing and replacing the bits from the onboard storage is fiddley, the ratchet cannot be locked for use as a normal screwdriver and if you have fat fingers selecting the drive direction can be difficult.
I have a Stanley multi bit screwdriver that has been in daily use for just over ten years and it's still going strong, this screwdriver is twice the current price and not as good but as I have stated it has a specific purpose for me."
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Review 2 for Stanley FatMax 4:1 Geared Ratchet Screwdriver
"I agree with the last review, the ratchet slips and if you try to use the geared ratchet,forget it,as soon as you apply any pressure it locks up. Took it back within 48 hours. Nice idea but not up to the job. Expected more from stanley,their tools are usually very good quality."
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Review 4 for Stanley FatMax 4:1 Geared Ratchet Screwdriver
"Stanley FatMax 4:1 Geared Ratchet Screwdriver sounds like a good idea BUT it isn't. I was unable to put a 2 inch 8 into a piece of soft timber as the ratchet is so sloppy you have to turn the driver half a turn before you contact the screw. In geared mode it is so rough it feels like an old British Leyland gearbox filled with gravel. With no pressure on the bit every thing seems fine, maybe I got a duff one.
IT WILL BE GOING BACK ON MONDAY and probably swap for the non geared ratchet driver which is excellent."