Review By Dean Bielanowski  Hold-It Website - http://www.bit-grip.com


"Hold-It" Magnetic Drill Bit Holder
Mini-Review
By Dean Bielanowski

 

When a task requires a lot of drilling, driving or fastening, we are all familiar with the issues of fumbling around in tool belt pockets, tool trays or fastener bags to find that drill bit or driver to switch out in the chuck to undertake the next task. Or perhaps handling a handful of fasteners or holding a bunch of them close by while undertaking fastening tasks is a more familiar situation which can cause grief.

Some drills/drivers have onboard magnetic "pads" which allow you to hold screws, drill bits, and just about anything else small and "magnetic" for easy, fast access. But if your favorite drill does not have one of these, you have to improvise if you want to add this feature to your own power tool. The "Hold-It" Drill Bit Holder accessory is just one solution.

I'm not saying this little accessory is a new innovation, there are other attachable magnetic products for various purposes to be found online and in the market (a wrist-band type magnetic holder and longer straight bar magnetic holders for hand tools etc), but this one is quite simple, competitively priced, can be attached to smaller surface areas, and you can use it for more than just holding drill bits or fasteners.

Hold-It!
The Hold-It is essentially a magnet encased in a durable plastic sleeve with an adhesive velcro-back strip which you can attach to virtually anything you like (smooth surfaces offer the best adhesion). Additionally, you can also mount the Hold-It to most metal surfaces or metal objects using its own magnetic properties too, avoiding the need to use the velcro strip itself in these cases. The device is currently Utility Patent Pending. The sleeve in which the magnet sits provides a feature itself, this being to protect the surfaces of the tools you attach to the Hold-It from any scratches or surface damage, plus it also protects the magnet from corrosion or damage. Additionally, the plastic sleeve has a small flexible tab at the top which allows you to grasp the Hold-It to more easily remove it from metallic surfaces and to provide an area where a pin can be attached if you wish to attach the accessory to your shirt or tool belt. The magnet itself is very strong and does not lose its strength over time. If only they made batteries with those properties eh? The creator of the Hold-it actually shows the holder on his website supporting a full size hand saw. Naturally, these magnets have great application for power drills as explained above, but they are equally useful on many other power tools. For example, you can attach one to a drill press to hold all those commonly used drill bits. You can hold a good half dozen drill bits depending on size, more if they are smaller, or perhaps one or two less if they are larger diameter. Even heavier forstner bits held tightly. They are equally useful attached to a scroll saw to hold a lot of scroll saw blades right on the machine. I have hung many smaller hand tools off them as well, and they can even handle the weight of a good 1" wide chisel. And for those that prefer to hammer nails manually, you can readily pin one of these Hold-Its to your shirt or belt and hold a stack of nails ready to be hammered in. What I'm trying to say here is that the Hold-It is very versatile. You will probably find a use for them on most power tools in your workshop, and for a number of other uses too. Examples may be holding sewing machine needles to the side of a sewing machine, using them to hold keys on a key ring, holding nuts and washers, the list could be endless really.

The Hold-Its themselves measure roughly 2 1/2" long by 1" wide. You can purchase them with either a matt blue plastic cover, or with a cool changing American flag cover (for the patriotic). They are made in the USA. The Hold-Its sell for US$7.99 each (including free shipping within the USA) and this price is on par with other magnetic wrist bands and the like currently on the market (many of these made in China).

In conclusion, the Hold-Its do everything they say they will do. They do have limitations because of their size, i.e. you can't hold a set of turning tools off these smaller magnets, but then again, you can't attach one of those larger magnetic strips to a cordless drill either! The bottom line is that the Hold-It is a very handy accessory indeed to attach to many of your workshop tools - handheld and stationary. I find them extremely useful and they save time not having to fiddle about finding or grabbing all the smaller accessories for your power tools. Plus, your purchase supports a one-man operation trying to bring new and handy tool accessories to the market, and that should be supported to ensure the "big" manufacturers are kept in line!

The Hold-It magnetic holders are available exclusively from www.bit-grip.com
 

The Hold-It provides that extra hand in drilling applications and can hold a wide variety of bits and pieces. They are equally useful on other tools, here they are holding some commonly used drill bits on the drill press.

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The Hold-It in its shipped packaging.


The "Patriotic" Hold-It.


Standard blue Hold-It with adhesive backed velcro strip.


The Hold-It's magnet attracts and retains a bunch of fasteners.
 

 

 

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