First off…. We want to thank the community for the amazing launch of the LTT screwdriver. Finally! lttstore engineering has released a product. But what is a product if not just a vehicle to deliver magnets to the world?
Some people have asked why we needed to include a broach magnet... and well, the simplest answer is just that Linus wanted one. The end!
My more serious answer is that - for the expected use case of a lot of our buyers - a broach magnet in the shaft of your daily screwdriver is almost a necessity. If you're fiddling with computers, or working in small spaces, a magnetised bit can be an absolute life saver. Just look at how many screws this thing can pick up.
As with all design decisions, there are pros and cons to this implementation. One con is that including a broach magnet means that you basically give up on double-ended bits. We didn't consider that to be much of a sacrifice in our primary industry, but it is still a trade-off. The biggest pro is obviously that sweet, sweet grabbing force. Drop a screw in a case behind a PSU shroud or under a bunch of annoyingly placed cables? Just feel too lazy to grab it by hand? We got you covered. It may seem like a small thing if you've never used one, but we think the convenience will surprise you.
Picking the right magnet was also an important factor in development... the main contributors to magnet force are fairly simple - size and quality. We use N52 neodymium, so the quality is there. With size, we did the best we could with what we had available. Our 9.44mm diameter shaft is a restriction on magnet size, but we were still able to fit a 6mm diameter cylindrical ring, which is also 6mm long - while still maintaining enough wall thickness in the shaft to support as much torque as anyone should be able to put through it with their bare hands with normal use. It's not quite as powerful as what you'll find in the PB Swiss (pictured below in Project Farm's awesome comparison video!), but we find our thinner shaft to be much more usable in an environment like a PC case.
Project Farm created an awesome head to head showdown of a bunch of ratcheting drivers back in early September. If you haven't checked out that video, we highly recommend that you do!https://youtu.be/845HUaWYSQA
And of course, if for whatever reason our broach magnet isn't sufficient for your needs, we do include our 6x6 "Screw Retriever" magnet bit for more direct access to that magnetism. I originally fought Linus pretty hard on this one - he thought it was a necessity, and I felt like it was a waste of 1/12th of your bit storage when you already have a broach magnet. I hate to say it, but this was a massive L for me. This thing is AWESOME, and I find myself reaching for it for way more than I ever imagined I would. Heck, it even holds up the whole screwdriver as a fun party trick.
So, if you're asking "why on earth did they include a magent in this thing..." all I can say is, give it a try for yourself and we're sure you'll understand.
Speaking of trying it for yourself, we do have some good news. LTT Screwdrivers have started shipping a little early, so some wave 1 & 2 buyers should have them in hand soon!
We've also got a ton of Fall/Winter clothing available, from hoodies, swacket, beanies, and more on lttstore right now, so be sure to check those out if you haven't already.