Vessel Ball JIS Screwdriver


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Vessel Ball JIS Screwdriver

Post by WingAdmin » Thu Aug 30, 2018 5:11 pm



If you do any work at all on Honda motorcycles, you really need a set of JIS screwdrivers.

JIS - or Japanese Industry Standard - is a Pacific Rim standard used for "Philips" (cross) type screwdrivers. Most people, professional mechanics included, don't even know that such a thing exists. But every "Philips" screw on a Japanese vehicle is not a Philips screw at all, but a JIS screw. They can be identified with a small dot on the top of the screw:

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Philips screwdrivers don't fit JIS screws, at least not properly. Because they don't fit all the way into the screw, you tend to mangle the screw when attempting to tighten it, or loosen a tight one. If you have any "Philips" screws on your Goldwing that are stripped or mangled, this is what has happened. The solution? A set of JIS screwdrivers.

The first time you use a JIS screwdriver, you'll realize what you've been missing. It fits solidly into the screw, and turns it securely, without "camming out" like a Philips driver does. No mangling of the screw, no difficulty loosening or tightening fasteners. Philips screwdrivers were actually designed to cam out of the screw, to prevent over tightening. On soft JIS screws, this just destroys the screw head.

I started out with a set of Hozan JIS screwdrivers, and upgraded a few years back to Vessel screwdrivers which I reviewed here. Vessel really makes premium, luxury screwdrivers - they are of very high quality, fit your hand well, and work great. But the full-size screwdrivers aren't great for your roadside repair kit. So when I saw this ball screwdriver appear for sale, for only $15 no less, I snapped one up:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00E5 ... ge_o03_s00

It arrived in a neat little plastic package, with the ball handle and three double-ended bits:

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As is the case with most JIS screwdrivers, they are made (and packaged for) the Japanese market. Therefore, all of the instructions are in Japanese. No worries, I'm pretty sure I can figure out how to work it:

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Out of the package, the driver handle is a nice, solid rubber piece, with lots of grip that fits readily in your hand. The bits included are:

#1 JIS
#2 JIS
#3 JIS
#2 Pozidriv
#3 Posidriv
#6 flat blade

The Pozidriv is a European standard, also an alternative to Philips, and also with the same aim as the JIS: to avoid camming out of the screw and stripping it.

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The bits slip right into the handle with a solid click - there is nothing to tighten, once it goes in, it will take a good pull to remove it. The bits are also quite magnetic - they will stick to one another, as well as any screw fastener. The bits are made of a very high quality steel (as expected from Vessel) and are coated to prevent corrosion.

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Overall, I'm very happy with this small purchase. I'll likely throw the Posidriv bit in a drawer somewhere, and will put the other bits and the handle in my bike's tool kit. Hopefully I won't ever need it - but if I do, this is an excellent tool that will get the job done.



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Re: Vessel Ball JIS Screwdriver

Post by AZgl1800 » Thu Aug 30, 2018 5:41 pm

thanks for bringing this up,
I just ordered one for me too.

that is half price almost compared to the vendor

https://www.vesseltools.com/handtools/s ... w-3-detail
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Re: Vessel Ball JIS Screwdriver

Post by themainviking » Fri Aug 31, 2018 7:29 am

I also appreciate it when you find and review good stuff, Scott. I too have ordered a set. They will ride in my side bag with the rest of my tool kit and the long ones can go back into the tool box.
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Re: Vessel Ball JIS Screwdriver

Post by Mh434 » Fri Aug 31, 2018 11:34 am

I just received my set (the one reviewed above by WA). I have to say I'm impressed with the quality, and the value, of this particular set. It also arrived surprisingly quickly, considering it shipped from Tokyo.

Although I don't like doing repair/maintenance work, I'm looking forward to using this set when I'm next forced to do so. Having the right tool for the job is ALWAYS better than "making do"!

Of course, it's more expensive for Canadian buyers but, surprisingly, not that much more. I think I paid somewhere around $23.00 CDN (Amazon.ca Prime) for the set - still a great value, IMHO!

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Re: Vessel Ball JIS Screwdriver

Post by Rednaxs60 » Fri Aug 31, 2018 2:29 pm

A great Xmas gift as well. Sent amazon link to my sister as a suggestion.
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Re: Vessel Ball JIS Screwdriver

Post by BadMonk » Sat Sep 01, 2018 7:02 am

Been in my tool chest for years. Second favorite JIS driver that I own.

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Re: Vessel Ball JIS Screwdriver

Post by tamathumper » Sat Sep 01, 2018 7:38 am

Is the cheapo screwdriver in the OEM toolkit a JIS? I'm only assuming the tiny black plastic handle and the chrome bit are OEM, I've never bought a new 'Wing or owned one other than this one, so I don't know for certain.

The reason I ask is that my bike got stuck in reverse yesterday, several hours from home on the side of a busy Main Street in Lake Placid. As part of my troubleshooting I checked all the fuses, and thought I should also disconnect the previous owner's wiring from the AUX terminals. Although I got both of them out, the bottom one cammed out a lot and ended up stripped pretty well. It didn't seem as though the bit fit very well, but the screw might have already been damaged by Phillip's bits and I just finished the job!
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Re: Vessel Ball JIS Screwdriver

Post by aperry » Sat Sep 01, 2018 10:19 am

Thanks for posting this. I thought all my screwdrivers were just getting worn out. Placed an order.

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Re: Vessel Ball JIS Screwdriver

Post by pddmcclu » Sat Sep 01, 2018 10:43 am

Excellent article and information.
I'm ordering one today.

Thank you.
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Re: Vessel Ball JIS Screwdriver

Post by smack67 » Sat Sep 01, 2018 1:00 pm

Thanks for the review, I ordered a set today. I have a bit of an addiction to screwdrivers anyway. I think it relates back to childhood.

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Post by mweddy@gmail.com » Sun Sep 02, 2018 10:06 am

Ordered it last night from Amazon. $13.88 and free shipping.

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Post by tamathumper » Sun Sep 02, 2018 12:22 pm

Yep, I did the same thing.
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Re: Vessel Ball JIS Screwdriver

Post by newday777 » Tue Sep 04, 2018 6:14 am

smack67 wrote:
Sat Sep 01, 2018 1:00 pm
Thanks for the review, I ordered a set today. I have a bit of an addiction to screwdrivers anyway. I think it relates back to childhood.
Hmmmmm a bit.... :roll:
This comes with 6 bits......gotta feed them addictions
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Post by newday777 » Tue Sep 04, 2018 6:16 am

Yes I'm feeding my bit addictions too.

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Re: Vessel Ball JIS Screwdriver

Post by aperry » Tue Sep 04, 2018 6:25 pm

I followed the original link to Amazon and ordered the bits. Yesterday I got a message that the order was cancelled due to being out of stock from that seller. I have ordered from another seller and am waiting on shipping. I guess others may have a similar experience.

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Post by gypsy traveler » Tue Oct 02, 2018 2:42 am

It will become part of my ''on bike'' kit!...always wondered why my sae phillips never fit correctly on my bikes!

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Post by juliandavies » Thu Oct 04, 2018 4:24 am

I've just purchased a set of these. Thanks for the recommendation!

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Re: Vessel Ball JIS Screwdriver

Post by Corkster52 » Thu Oct 04, 2018 6:24 am

Great review! Just ordered a set! I have had the standard JIS bit inserts for a few years now, but I can't always keep them separated from my other Phillips bits, and the ""Vessel" stamped on the side of each of them is getting more an more difficult to see as I get older :shock: I do have the handled version in all 3 sizes too and can tell at a glance, by their unique color, which ones are which.

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Re: Vessel Ball JIS Screwdriver

Post by aperry » Thu Oct 04, 2018 1:17 pm

I am still waiting on mine. Sent by post from Japan. If they get here by 10/9 like they said, it will have taken over a month to get them.

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Re: Vessel Ball JIS Screwdriver

Post by newday777 » Thu Oct 04, 2018 5:47 pm

I ordered on 9/4, it was supposed to be here by today at the latest....but no bits yet. ...

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Post by Corkster52 » Thu Oct 04, 2018 8:09 pm

I ordered mine yesterday and it's supposed to be here on Saturday.

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Post by Corkster52 » Sun Oct 07, 2018 11:31 am

Received mine on Saturday. A shame you other guys are having to wait so long for yours.

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Re: Vessel Ball JIS Screwdriver

Post by newday777 » Sun Oct 07, 2018 12:49 pm

Corkster52 wrote:
Sun Oct 07, 2018 11:31 am
Received mine on Saturday. A shame you other guys are having to wait so long for yours.
How long was your delivery?

I sent an email and they responded, " can't you wait another week?" I'm getting on the road to San Diego about then for the winter.

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Post by Corkster52 » Sun Oct 07, 2018 4:20 pm

Ordered on Thursday and received on Saturday.

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Re: Vessel Ball JIS Screwdriver

Post by newday777 » Sun Oct 07, 2018 4:32 pm

Corkster52 wrote:
Sun Oct 07, 2018 4:20 pm
Ordered on Thursday and received on Saturday.
The Amazon link above from China?



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