So what is a cordless screwdriver, anyways?
Well, a cordless screwdriver is a much-improved version of the old-school “screwdriver”, since it is powered like a cordless drill. Years ago, the first cordless drills on the market weren’t all that helpful to the average homeowner or hobbyist. They were really bulky, lacked rechargeable batteries, and didn’t fit into small spaces.
Today’s cordless screwdrivers are incredible, making around-the-home repairs and upgrades fast and easy. However, it’s really important to note a few things that make cordless screwdrivers different from drills.
Cordless Screwdrivers are:
Cordless Screwdrivers are NOT:
Cordless screwdrivers are really great for basic, around the house tasks like installing outlet covers, changing cabinet handles/hardware, assembling Swedish furniture, or repairing appliances. They have great clutches that are easy on sensitive equipment, so you don’t strip out the threads on plastic or aluminum projects.
If you use your drill a lot, think about how many tasks you use it for that are really easy on it. Then, consider picking up a cordless driver to do those tasks and prolong the life of your expensive drill battery.
Cordless screwdrivers are also awesome because they are so lightweight. If you’re used to using your drill for furniture assembly and some of the other tasks listed above, you will love a cordless screwdriver both for its weight and it’s ability to fit into really tight spaces.
But wait! There’s more! Some newer cordless drivers feature a internal gyroscope, allowing the driver to be turned on/off and in reverse by just a slight move of your wrist. No longer do you even have to press a button to get a screw driven. We are truly living in the 21st century!