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Looking for a rotary screwdriver with 1/4 in socket for replacable tips.

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Years ago I purchased a rotory handle screwdriver (like the Klein Rapi-drive)  from a local wholesale house.  It was manufactured by Bird R&D Co. and was also labled "Cobra".  It had a lime green cushon grip handle and standard 1/4 in replacable bit tips fit into the end. 


I want to purchase more of them but I've been told the Co. is out of business. 


Does anyone have one that they want to sell or have a line on where to get them? 


The only place I've purchased them (post #202066, reply #1 of 8)

was at an auto parts store.  Probably not that brand, but the same idea.  Had a screw in cap in the end of the handle-stored bits in there.  Might have come with those old chevy hour glass shaped tips.

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You talking about a "Yankee (post #202066, reply #2 of 8)

You talking about a "Yankee screwdriver"? They're available from various places, not sure about bits alone:


Later edit: Oops, looks like the Klein Rapi-drive is quite different. Sorry.



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Is this what you're looking for? (post #202066, reply #3 of 8)

I was intrigued by your description, so I had to try to find one.

I think that will do. (post #202066, reply #4 of 8)

My brief research didn't discover that Klein made an interchangable tip version.  Thank you for your help.  Although I think that the bend angle of the Cobra from Bird R&D is better, I'm sure that this one will work. 


The reason I'm so interested is that most electrical devices now come with combo screws that accept a #1 square tip.  For fast finishing, a #1 square will tighten the terminal screws on the wires and the same driver will drive the screws into the box.  (won't work well on plastic boxes, but great on Allied fiber ones and metal.) 

Klien and Greenlee make #1 square rapi-drive drivers, but because a worn tip will slip out of the terminal screws, the replacable tip driver is better.  You can always have a sharp tip without replacing the whole driver.


So, I think my search is over.  Thanks again.


You may be having problems as (post #202066, reply #5 of 8)

You may be having problems as those are #2 square drive, not #1.  #1 is a trim head size, for #7 and smaller screws.  Everything electrical I've seen so far is #8.

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#1 and #2 (post #202066, reply #6 of 8)

Klein and Greenlee both make #1 and #2 square rapidrives.  I put #1 tips in my Cobra.  If the Klein takes 1/4 tips, then I can put #1 square tips into it. Problem solved.


Do note that the Klein driver (post #202066, reply #8 of 8)

Do note that the Klein driver takes a "reversible" bit.  Hard to say how standard single-ended bits will fit.

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You're welcome. (post #202066, reply #7 of 8)

And now that I've seen the tool, I can also see it in my tool box.