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May 02, 2011

A new Canadian tool that's both screwdriver and compact driver index for your power drill

The Scruzol is an awesome little Canadian invention that might be the last screwdriver you'll ever buy. (Here's how to find Scruzol in the U.S.)



Screw It!

A Canadian makes screwing convenient again...



I have a new favourite tool, the Scruzol.  It’s inspiring in 7 ways:

1.  It was invented by a Canadian

2.  When you use it, you think “Well, that’s just plain hot.”

3.  You’ll never drop another screw again, nor have to climb down the ladder to retrieve it

4.  The Scruzol sticks to the fridge so you always know where to find it

5.  It’s the last multi-bit screwdriver you’ll ever buy

6.  You have every driver bit you need whether you’re working manually or with a power drill

7.  If you drop your keys down a sewer grate, you can get them back fast by securing the Scruzol to a string and lowering it into the breach

Bit for Life

When Ottawa inventor Peter Kielland (a descendant of the Norwegian physician who invented the Kielland forceps, which some of us will remember from birth) decided that the world needed a better multi-bit screwdriver, he didn’t mess around. 

He engineered a kick-butt little unit that carries 12 bits (including the superior Robertson square-head,  also invented by a Canadian).  The bits are magnetized in position so they’re really easy to remove with a flick of the fingernail, unlike many multi-bit screwdrivers that make a grunt-fest out of removing a bit from a tight shaft.

And the inventor also gave the Scruzol a double-ended socket so you can insert the entire tool into your power drill OR use it as a manual screwdriver.  This is insanely convenient, because you no longer need a set of manual screwdrivers and a separate set of driver bits for your power drill. 

Stick at Heart

The powerful rare-earth magnet embedded in the center of the Scruzol handle transmits magnetic force into the screw you’re using, so you never drop the screw from the bit-tip.  And rare earth is the lamprey leech of the magnetic world, with five to fifteen times the sucking power of a common magnet, so even a really long screw won’t fall off the Scruzol.

If you’re working on a lawnmower, boat or car, the Scruzol adheres conveniently to a nearby steel surface, or you can store the unit somewhere obvious, like on a toolbox, the fridge door, the glove compartment or your belt buckle.

Steel Away

I used my Scruzol to undo rusted-out old screws on an aging mailbox, so I can vouch for the quality of the S2 steel bits - they’re not cheesy and don’t strip.  You can interchange Scruzol bits with your own bits if you’re working with specialized sizes or types of screws.  The Scruzol comes with 12 of the most commonly used bits: 

Flathead or slothead 1/4, 3/16

Hex M4, M5 (Allen keys)

Phillips 1, 2, 3 (the kind with an ‘X’ in the head)

Square 1, 2, 3 (also known as Robertson)

Torx 25, 30 (star-shaped heads commonly used in automobiles

At $19.99, Scruzol is a little pricier than some of the bone-cheap multi-bit screwdrivers out there, but if quality means anything to you, you’ll be happy to spend that much for the excellent thinking and materials that have gone into Scruzol’s compact design. 

And if you’re equipping a college student for her first year away from home, the Scruzol offers her the perfect tool to avoid having to cook a nice dinner to repay someone for installing a dimmer switch in her dining room.

Oh, and here’s a fitting Canadian epilogue - the first retailer to pick up the Scruzol was Canadian Tire.  We Canadians know a good tool when we see one. 








Scruzol sounds Italian. Not that they know how to screw judging from their birth rate.


A drawback that I find with the Scruzol is the short bit length. If one needs to get at screws or areas that are in deep and cannot be accessed with the bulk of the screwdriver or drill in the way, then the Scruzol is not convenient. If I have to purchase a bunch of long bits then it sort of defeats the purpose of a having" the one and only multibit tool that I will ever buy again". Any ideas?

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