Apex u-Guard Door Handle Installation Accessory Reviews

Apex u-Guard Review – Put an End to Common Callbacks!

Apex u-Guard Steps in to Save You Time and Money on Finish Work

Apex u-Guard driver bits, sockets, and extensions are a finish crew’s new best friend. We know you take pride in your work, and leaving your client with the best result you can offer is a big deal. But all too often, the guys on your crew are rushing to get to 5:00 and call it a day.


When you’re wrapping up finish work like door hardware on a remodel or putting those last bolts in place on a show Harley, any little rub against material mars an otherwise perfect finish. Maybe your guys get away with it and you never know. Your discerning clients are going to call you back. It costs more than just time, the replacement parts also come off of your profit margin.

That where Apex u-Guard accessories come into play. They start with a quality bit and wrap a thermo-plastic urethane cover around it. It’s not just a no-mar coating, though. The cover still allows your bit to spin freely inside. When it comes into contact with other material, it provides a soft, rubberized cushion that prevents damage while letting the bit continue working.

Apex u-Guard Accessories

Since the cover rests against the material without moving, it gets more wear rolling around in your toolbox than it does in use. For the 1/4″ hex bits, there’s a good chance you’ll wear out the shank or tip long before you wear through the cover.

Apex u-Guard Door Handle Installation

u-Guard Options

There’s a wide array of Apex u-guard accessories to choose from. Here’s a quick smattering of what’s available:

Apex u-Guard Sockets (magnetic and non-magnetic, SAE and metric)

  • Apex u-Guard Accessories1/4″ square drive
  • 1/2″ square drive
  • 3/8″ square drive
  • 3/4″ square drive
  • Socket extensions
  • Socket adapters

Apex u-Guard 1/4″ Hex Shank Bits

  • 2″ – 14″ bit holders
  • Square drive and hex adapters
  • Nut drivers
  • Phillips bits
  • Torx bits


While this is what you can find with a little online searching, it’s not the end of the story. Apex can actually add u-Guard covers to most all of their tools, sockets, extensions, and bit holders. You just need to check with your Apex rep to work out the right solution for your specific needs.


Final Thoughts

For the construction applications we’re focusing on, Apex u-Guard bits do a fantastic job of helping us install hardware on finished material and surfaces with less risk of damage. They help even the greenest apprentice finish installs with high-quality results.

There are a ton of trades and applications for these accessories. Anytime you’re working against material that’s going to require more work if the bit shaft or side contacts nearby parts, u-Guard is the right choice.

Apex focuses on the industrial side of things, so you won’t find these bits hanging in your local big box store. Check with your local supply store or distributor to see what’s available and get price quotes. And don’t forget to ask about custom covers for any accessories that aren’t currently on the list. Most likely, Apex can make it happen for you.

Check out more information on Apex Tools’ website.

Buy them from Fastenal here or NAPA here.

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