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There's nothing worse than needing to tighten, remove, or replace an important screw in the field without having the proper tool — it's a recipe for instant frustration. Although it may not be practical to carry around a fully-stocked tool bag at all times, a small pocket tool can cover many of the most common screw types. Many multi-tools (like the classic Leatherman) include basic Phillips and flat screwdrivers, and a few include replaceable bit drivers (like the Gerber Center Drive). Fix It Sticks took the pocket tool concept one step further with its Compact Ratcheting Multi-Tool.
As the name indicates, this multi-tool includes a reversible ratcheting mechanism, which is especially helpful if you'll be using it frequently. A fixed bit driver can feel tedious if you're dealing with long screws, but a ratchet is much faster.
The Ratcheting T-Way Wrench breaks down into two pieces, which can be stowed in the molded polymer bracket along with a Mini Pry Bar attachment and 15 other 1/4-inch bits. The main ratcheting socket features a spring-loaded magnetic collar to hold bits or the extension in place; both ends of the handle feature additional magnetic sockets.
Any standard 1/4-inch bit can be used with the Compact Ratcheting Multi-Tool, but here's a list of the bits that are included:
MSRP for the Fix It Sticks Compact Ratcheting Multi-Tool is $80. For more information, go to FixItSticks.com.