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Tool review: Beta driver tools -- a sampling of the Italian brand

The Beta T-handle socket driver set includes a range of sizes from 7 mm to 13 mm.
<p>The Beta T-handle socket driver set includes a range of sizes from 7 mm to 13 mm.</p>

OK, so what’s so neat about yet another set of hand drivers and a ratchet? That’s what I wondered when I started to examine a small selection of hand tools from Beta Tools. I was pleasantly surprised.

While Beta offers an extremely extensive line of tools and equipment, my first look at this brand began by playing with three part numbers, including a set of T-handle hex bit drivers, a set of T-handle socket wrench drivers and a 1/2-inch-drive ratchet.

Male hex drivers

The metric kit I received (P/N 951) included sizes 2 mm, 2.5 mm, 3 mm, 3.5 mm, 4 mm, 4.5 mm, 5 mm and 6 mm. Inch-format sets are also available under P/N 951AS that range from 3.32 to 3/8-inch.

The design features a T-handle format, with the T-handle end featuring a matching size hex bit at each end. Including the hex bit at the long end, that’s a total of three bits on a single tool. The cool feature is the sliding T-handle end, which allows you to adjust the length of the reach that best suits the work space. A nice aspect of the sliding “T” section are notched detents in the sliding bar that lock the short slider bar to the main bar.

The high-torque/high-impact composite T-handle provides excellent grip and leverage when engaging the long-end socket. The grip is clearly marked for size.
<p>The high-torque/high-impact composite T-handle provides excellent grip and leverage when engaging the long-end socket. The grip is clearly marked for size.</p>

A detent notch is machined near the end of each side of the slider. This allows you to set the bar for a shorter or longer reach when needed, without the bar sliding further during hex engagement.

Other versions of this T-handle tool are also available that feature Torx bits, as well as versions for either hex or Torx that feature a ball swivel at the long end.

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