Do you have Craftsman tools or Xcelite tools? Xcelite is not a type
of plastic, it's a brand name. While Xcelite screwdriver handles do
not have any inherent odor, that I recall, some of their containers
definitely did. Casein plastic is often made from organic proteins
and often stinks like sour milk. Xcelite interchangeable
screw/nut/allen driver sets used to come in casein plastic boxes.
Ooo-eee! Definitely stinky. ;)
It's not the driver handles, it's the case they came in. And this was
only one type of case. It was the single handle w/ changable drivers
in a 2 part top/bottom case, the bottom being black plastic and the
top being tranparent casein plastic. The top came off and the black
bottom held the handle/drivers vertically. These were later replaced
with clamshell style cases made of polystyrene (I think). The casein
cased drivers stank cuz they were in the case all the time. Removing
the drivers from the case would allow the smell to eventually fade
from the handles.
Looking at their catalog, I see none of these driver sets offered in
the older casein plastic set boxes. I guess customers made a big
enough stink (pun intended) to get them changed.
I never thought of it as a puke smell, jes a sour milk smell, as milk
is often the protein used to make casein plastic. It's rare to even run
across casein plastic, anymore, but you'll know it when you do! ;)
I ordered these things by the hundreds for our manufacturing dept and
the boxes typically got tossed. No stink. Years later, I have two
sets in my roll away, minus the boxes. No stink. Believe what you like.
You have a long history here of believing what you want rather than the facts
of the case. Xcelite screwdrivers used handles made of cellulose butyrate,
which is the source of the rancid puke smell. It's *NOT* the box, though the
box may keep them from "airing out". Try a Google search if you need more
convincing. You won't do it, but...
Show me one fact.
The web has only anecdotal evidence, which I can provide plenty of.
My primary evidence is, neither my Xcelite screw/allen driver handles
nor my Craftsmen nutdriver handles have any detectable odor,
Perhaps if you quit shoving yer screwdrivers up yer ass....
...and *YOUR* anecdotal evidence beats the statements of fact! (composition
of the handles).
...and you don't like anecdotal evidence! What a moron.
Perhaps you could learn how to do a Google search and filter out the raw
opinion? Nah, I shuda known that would be beyond your capabilities.
These are most likely mid 80s, early 90s Excelite screwdrivers
(Exsmellite as we called them) .
I bet they were also the vendor for Craftsman for that time.
Nothing seems to make that smell go away.
There products before and after that era seem OK.
Maybe. Leave them outside in the sun for a while. Repeat as necessary.
Drill vent holes in the box.
SnapOn, Matco and Mac tools. I've used, and still have dozens of
various types used in 40 years of DIY, auto wrenching, et al. Never,
ever had an odor problem. You get what you pay for in any pro tool
At the other end of the spectrum,
Two screw drivers for a dollar, one a standard the other No2
Phillips. For when ur neighbor wants to borrow a screw driver......
and works for 95% of what you need when you need screw driver.
For the trophy tool dudes and those that make their living with hand
and if the smell really bothers ya,
maybe a box of Arm and Hammer in the old tool box ....
On Mon, 6 Jun 2011 12:53:47 -0700 (PDT), beecrofter
Only time I recall that stink was back in the '80's with Craftsman
screwdrivers kept in a closed toobox.
Screwdrivers were pretty new.
Only noticed it if they sat a while in the closed box.
Still got some of them and they don't stink.
Handles have hardened up.
And I have newer Craftsman screwdrivers that never stunk, but I've
taken to keeping my screwdrivers on a rack, so they never sit in a
toolbox for long.
Never noticed the stink getting on my hands, but I usually wash my
hands after doing some work.
Don't usually sniff my fingers after grabbing a screwdriver.
Those were the only screwdrivers that caused my toolbox to stink,
and somebody here said they went to a different plastic.
So probably no screwdrivers stink nowadays.
I always look at the tip quality and shank length and don't pay
much attention to the handles anyway, as long as they aren't some
not true the smell of paint may stink to some.
just lay your screwdrivers in the sun for a week, and use them enough
so the box is generally open. wiping down with fantastic or formula
409 may help too. and dont be a wimp, workers using tools shouldnt be
bothered by off odors
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