Megapro Screwdriver Comparison Guide

Megapro® Drivers are an innovative, high-quality line of screwdrivers that feature a clever built-in storage system. Every driver comes with a set of bits that are actually stored inside the driver’s handle so that you’ll never have to lose another bit! The variety of bits supplied allows you to save space in your toolbox by essentially combining several driver types into one. And these drivers are built to last! Equiparts carries a variety of Megapro® Drivers for both general and specialty use.

There are several features that all Megapro® Drivers have in common. The shaft of each driver can be used as a 1/4″ Hex Nut Driver. They also all have a patented Palm Saver Cap™, which does not turn as the users turns the driver. Another feature these drivers (except the Ratcheting Driver) share is the patented EZ Guide Collar™, which provides the user with better control and maintains consistent contact between the driver bit and the screw. This allows the screw to be driven with much more ease. The drivers each have a retractable bit cartridge located at the top of the driver. This allows for easy storage and organization of bits, making any job that much easier.

What makes each driver different?

The Original

Equiparts Part #37696 

This is the most popular of the Megapro drivers. It features fourteen of the most common bits for driving screws. The shaft can be used as a 1/4″ Hex Nut Driver, making it 15-in-1. Each of the seven bits included are double-ended professional quality bits. The bits included with The Original are: Phillips Bits 0, 1, 2, and 3, Square Bits 0, 1, 2, and 3, Slotted (Flat) Bit 4 and 6, and Torx Bits 10, 15, 20, and 25. Megapro model number 151NAS.


The Tamperproof

Equiparts Part #37697
This driver is a must have for tradesmen in commercial and industrial fields. It is ideal for locksmiths, electricians, and any maintenance personnel. The driver comes with fourteen double-ended security bits, including Spanners 6, 8, 10, and 12, Hex Pins 1/8, 9/64, 5/32, and 3/16,  Torx Pin Bits 10, 15, 20, 25, 27 and 30. The Megapro model number is 151TP.


The ShaftLOK

Equiparts Part #37698
The ShaftLOK driver features an innovative grooved bit design which prevents the bits from falling out of the driver. No more lost bits when they get stuck in the fastener. The driver includes fourteen double-ended bits. The bits included with the ShaftLOK are: Phillips Bits 0, 1, 2, and 3,  Square Bits 0, 1, 2, and 3, Slotted (Flat) Bits 4 and 6, and Torx Bits 10, 15, 20, and 25. Megapro model number 151SL44.


Ratcheting

Equiparts Part #37702
The Ratcheting screwdriver features patent pending ZAD 8 Zinc Alloy SOLID-CORE ratchet which delivers over 225 inch pounds of torque strength. Driving fasteners is easier and faster with the Precision 28 tooth ratchet design and rubberized cushion grip handle. The driver comes with six double-ended professional quality bits. The bits included are: Phillips Bits 0, 1, 2, and 3, Square Bits 1 and 2, Slotted (Flat) Bits 4 and 6, and Torx Bits 10, 15, 20, and 25. Megapro model number 211R2C36RD.

The HVAC

Equiparts Part #37710
This screwdriver is a must-have for any HVAC technician. It is a high quality tool that also saves space. This driver features 6 double-ended bits which include:Phillips Bits 0, 1, 2, and 3, Phillips DoubleLok Bit 2, Slotted (Flat) Bits 3, 4, 5, and 6, as well as 5.5 and valve stem bits. The driver also comes with a Square Awl Reamer bit which is great for piercing through sheet metal. Megapro model number 141HVAC-U.

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The Outdoor

Equiparts Part #38187
This driver is specifically for rugged outdoor use. It can be used on ATVs, snowmobiles, and more! The handle is made with a multi-resin molding process which makes it nearly indestructible and great for outdoor use. The driver is great for in the field situations like emergency repairs or maintenance. Included with the driver are six double ended bits plus a round awl to undo soaked or over tightened rope knots. Just like the drivers listed above, the shaft of this driver can be used as a 1/4″ Hex Driver. The bits included with this rugged driver are: Phillips Bits 0, 1, 2, and 3, Square Bits 1 and 2, Torx Bits 10, 15, 20, and 25, and Flat Bits 4 and 6. Megapro model 151OUTDOOR.

Add Ons that help make your job easier

High Intensity Work Light

Equiparts Part #37680
This compact, high-intensity LED work light produces a powerful floodlight to make your everything in your work space easier to see. The housing of the work light is rugged and water resistant, which makes it last longer. It has a quality on and off push button, and a molded clip allows the work light to be secured in your pocket. This work light also has a magnetic swivel base, allowing it to cling to metal surfaces, and turn in any direction. It uses three AAA batteries to power the six super-bright light emitting diodes. Megapro model #6WORKLIGHT.


Locking Extensions

Equiparts Part #37700 (6″ Extension Pictured) | Equiparts Part #37699 (10″ Extension)
These locking extensions are great for getting into those hard to reach places. The 6 inch and 10 inch extensions both lock into the ShaftLOK screwdriver shaft with a 0.375 inch minimum clearance. For getting into those extremely hard to reach places, you can link multiple extensions together for a longer reach. Megapro model 6EXT-SL6-C for the 6 inch Extension and 6EXT-SL10-C for the 10 inch extension.

 

Other Specialized Drivers

Listed below are a collection of unique drivers that are specialized for different situations or professions. If you would like to order any of these drivers or any other that Megapro carries, please give us a call at 800-442-6622 M-F 730AM-5PM.

Automotive Ratcheting

Equiparts Part #37721 
This 13-in-1 ratcheting screwdriver is a must-have for professional auto mechanics, or anyone who regularly works on cars. The magnetic shaft is constructed from 303 stainless steel. The 28-tooth ratchet design allows you to drive with speed and ease. The handle has a rubberized cushion grip for comfort.  Like the drivers above, the shaft can be used as a 1/4″ Hex Driver. The driver includes 12 one-inch bits made of S2 industrial grade steel which are ideal for use on automotive screws.The bits included with this driver are: Phillips Bits 1, 2, and 3, Square Bit 2, Slotted (Flat) Bits 4 and 6, and Torx Bits 10, 15, 20, 25, 27, and 30. Megapro model 211R1C36RD.

Electronic

Equiparts Part #37727
This unique screwdriver is built specifically for service technicians in the electronics field. It comes with seven double ended professional bits, making it fourteen bits in total! The shaft of the driver can be used as a 1/4″ Hex Driver. The bits included with this driver are: Square Bits 1 and 2, Torx Pin Bits 10 and 15, Spanner Bits 6, 8, 10, and 12, Phillips Bits 0, 1, 2, and 3, and Slotted (Flat) Bits 4 and 6. Megapro model 151ELEC.

 

The Elevator

This screwdriver is designed exclusively for elevator service technicians. The bit cartridge contains a mix of tamperproof and standard bits. The handle is specially made to be durable and drop resistant. The seven double-ended professional bits included with this driver are: Torx Pin Bits 10, 15, 20, and 25, Spanner Bits 6, 8, 10, 12, Phillips Bits 0, 1, 2, and 3, and Flat Bits 4 and 6. The shaft of this driver, like the others listed above, can also be used as a 1/4″ Hex Driver. Megapro model 151ELEV.


The Jobsite

Equiparts Part #38189
This driver is designed for use while on the job. It has a yellow handle which helps it to stick out in a toolbox or on a tool belt. This 15 in 1 driver includes the following bits: Phillips Bits 0, 1, 2, and 3, Hex Bits 1/8, 9/64, 5/32, and 3/16, Torx Bits 10, 15, 20, and 25, and Flat Bits 4 and 6. When there is no bit in the shaft, the shaft itself can be used as a 1/4″ Hex Driver. The combination of different bits included with this driver gives it the ability to fix pneumatic power tools while on the job. Megapro model 151JOBSITE.

MegaproDisplay1Megapro Information

Megapro officially started in 1994, driven by inventor Hermann Fruhm’s concept of creating a better storage solution for screwdriver bits by placing them inside the driver handle. This was an innovative idea, and would help solve the problem of missing bits while on the job. After numerous prototypes and sketches, the first Megapro screwdriver was created in the early 1990s. Its patented features quickly gained market success, and many users saw and appreciated the quality of the screwdriver as well as how easy it was to use. There are over twenty different variations of the screwdriver, each one designed specifically for a different type of job. Today, Megapro continues to grow domestically, and their international reach is also expanding.

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Commercial Faucet Aerator Guide

If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to cut down on water usage, adding water-saving aerators to your faucets is an excellent way to do just that. Consider that home and business owners pay for water three times: once to bring it into the building, once to heat it, and once to dispose of it. Think about the number of customers at your restaurant, guests at your hotel, or students at your school, and you’ll realize how expensive water usage can be. Swapping water-saving aerators into your faucets is a simple way to save a lot of money on your utility bills.

cache aerator on faucet with keyHow Do Aerators Work?

Aerators work by mixing air into the water stream, thus breaking one large stream of water into multitudes of tiny streams. This means less water coming out of the faucet without sacrificing water pressure.

Why Install Aerators in Your Facility’s Faucets?

Aerators reduce the amount of water coming out of your faucets, and so your water bills will be lower. Along with being cost-effective, installing water-saving aerators is one of the easiest things you can do to make your home, office, or commercial building more efficient. They can be installed and ready for use in seconds! Adding air into the water stream also helps reduce splashing, and will cut down on wet restroom floors. This can help prevent slip and fall accidents, and make your facility more appealing. Skip to the Aerator Digital PDF to see what aerators we carry.

 

 

Faucet Aerators Q&A

How Do I Choose an Aerator for my Faucet?sloan-faucet-aerator

There are several things to consider when selecting an aerator. GPM (gallons per minute), thread type, thread size, flow type, and style are the main factors. Different flow types include aerated, laminar, and spray. Laminar flow is recommended in hospitals and other health care facilities, and spray is used mainly in kitchen faucets. There are also vandal resistant styles available.

How Do I Determine Whether I Need a Male or Female Aerator?sloan-faucet-aerator

When you see the threads on the outside of the faucet, you have a male faucet and therefore need a female aerator. If the threads are located inside of the faucet, then you need a male aerator.

How to Determine Correct Aerator Size

There is an easy trick to determining which aerator size is needed to fit your faucet, and it just involves some spare basys-faucet-aeratorchange. A dime has a diameter of .705 inches and will fit on the threads of 13/16 size aerators, which have a diameter of .8125 inches. A nickel has a diameter of .835 inches. A nickel will fit on the threads of a 15/16 size aerator, which has a diameter of .9375 inches.

Is There a Universal Aerator?

There is a dual aerator that has threads on both the outside and inside of the aerator. This enables the spout to fit both male and female threaded faucets.  Dual thread aerators come in a variety of flow rates, from 0.35 to 2.2 GPM in 15/16” size only.

How Do I Install a Faucet Aerator?

Most aerators come ready to install, but some do not. For example, when using the female threads of dual aerators, you will need to remove one of the inside washers to expose the internal threading.

When Should I Replace My Aerator?

If the flow from your faucet is trickling out or only coming out of one side of the spout, then your aerator is likely clogged and needs to be either cleaned or replaced. The length of time your aerator lasts is determined by the quality of your water, how often the faucet is used, and other situational factors.

How Do I Remove an Aerator?

Unscrew male and female threaded aerators by turning the aerator counter clockwise. In most cases, when the aerator is not vandal resistant, you should be able to remove it with your hands. Tools will not be needed. However, if an aerator is very tight, you may need to use a non-marking wrench to remove the aerator. We recommend using a non-marking wrench because a regular wrench might mar the faucet or aerator. If the aerator spins and does not become loose when turned, then the aerator is likely vandal-resistant and requires a key for removal. If you look at the face of the aerator and you see two slots on opposite sides of the aerator, it is most likely a vandal-resistant type. The slots are where a special key is inserted in order to remove the aerator. Cache aerators also require a key for removal.

How Do I Figure Out Which Aerator to Get if My Faucet Doesn’t Have One?

If you are missing the aerator for your faucet, then determining the correct replacement aerator for that unit can be difficult. You can try searching with the manufacturer number of your faucet, or you can reach out to us at Equiparts to help you figure out which aerator likely fits your faucet.

How Do I Unclog an Aerator?

To unclog an aerator, you can soak it in vinegar and water or CLR (calcium lime remover) to remove any dirt, particles, calcium, or lime build-up.

How to Reduce Splash from My Faucet Stream?

Splash from your faucet can occur for a variety of reasons. Shallow or beveled basins, as well as angled faucet spouts can make splashing from the faucet stream more likely. One way to reduce or stop splash from happening is by decreasing the faucet’s flow rate. This can be done by installing an aerator with a lower GPM.

General Rules of Thumb

  • • Most kitchen faucets will require a 15/16 male thread aerator cache-aerator-faucetwith 2.2 GPM.
  • • Most commercial faucets will fit 13/16 or 15/16 sized aerators. They will likely use vandal proof style aerators that can only be removed with a key.
  • • Most residential faucets will use 13/16 sized aerators or smaller.
  • • Laminar flow aerators are used primarily in hospitals because they do not mix air in with the water.
  • • Cache Aerators, which are hidden within the head of faucets, are new style aerators that only fit in newer model faucets due to the different thread diameter they have. View Cache aerators or get help deciding which Cache aerators to purchase with this Cache Aerator and Kit GPM Diagram.

Where to Buy Commercial Faucet Aerators

Commercial aerators cannot be purchased at big-box stores. Vandal-resistant aerators, specialty thread aerators, and manufacturer-specific aerators are also usually not found in home improvement stores since they are designed for commercial applications. In some instances, faucets require an aerator designed specifically for that faucet or manufacturer. For example, gooseneck Chicago Faucets have a special thread that requires a specific Chicago aerator. This is also the case with Symmons and Speakman commercial faucets and aerators as well. Some Kohler faucets require a specialized ⅜ IPS thread.

Aerators at Equiparts

You can find any commercial (and residential) aerator you need at Equiparts. We carry all of the most popular sizes and commercial brands, including Chicago, Sloan, Central Brass, Symmons, Moen, as well as residential faucet manufacturers like Kohler and Delta. We also have a variety of specialized aerators in stock, and we ship nationwide. Take a look at the Aerator Digital PDF below to see the aerators we have in our catalog. If you hover over a art number and it turns blue, then that means it is also listed on our website. Click on part numbers to view those aerators on our website and learn more or add them to your cart and request a quote. 

In addition to water-saving aerators, Equiparts carries many other products that are designed to reduce water consumption and make your facility more energy efficient. Order your water-saving products today by requesting a quote on our website, or by calling us to place an order toll-free at 800-442-6622 Monday-Friday, 7:30AM-5:00PM EST.

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