“There’s shift to Li-ion across the board because a Li-ion battery can provide almost four times more energy than a NiCd battery of the same weight and volume. By combining the lighter weight with longer run time, it’s a perfect application for these tools,” says David Boone, a battery engineer for Milwaukee Electric Tool.
For many jobs at home, all you need is a power screwdriver and a drill. The following article lists the best power screwdrivers out there for you to buy.
10. Skil Power Screw Driver ($49.99)
This is a 12-bit interchangeable power screwdriver with the fully integrated bit management system. This unit supports universal charging with cellphones, car chargers, for incredible ease of use. It features a 4-Volt Li-ion 1.5Ah cell for longer runtime. The unit also illuminates the working area and a battery level indicator shows the remaining charge.
“This is one powerful little device. The one pictured is not the one I received. I got the one w/o the enclosed bits. I disassembled a full library’s worth of bookcases and drawers. The professional who I employed to reassemble it laughed at it until he had to use it to get to a hard to reach screw. It held a charge and did the entire job without recharging. It’s convenient, and my only complaint is that the switch between forward and backwards is easily bumped. It happened numerous times. Since moving, I’ve had some instances to use it and being lithium I don’t have to worry about it be drained.” – Amazon’s Customer Review.
9. Worx Power Screw Driver ($29.99)
This is Worx WX225L SD semi-automatic power screwdriver with a holder. The screw holder attachment holds the screw for one-handed operations and also catches screws when they are removed. You can change the bit using the rapid slide-action and has 6 bits stored on board. The unit comes with a battery charger, and a LED illuminating light lightens up the dark areas. It also has an inbuilt flashlight and a great product to keep for everyday tasks.
“Very handy product. Having all of the bits incorporated in the product is very useful. The lack of variable speed has proven to be more of an issue than I thought other than that it would get a 5-star rating” – Amazon’s Customer Review.
8. Black & Decker Power Screw Driver ($17.99)
This is Black & Decker’s 4-Volt Li-ion cordless rechargeable screwdriver. The unit has an RPM of 180 and 35 in-lbs of torque. The inline gripper provides extreme comfort and control over the device and is made compact to fit in most of the places. This is a long-lasting unit and has a sturdy construction. The Fed/rev switch may be difficult to use with one hand. A little con: It does not have a charging indicator and comes with only two drill bits. This unit works perfectly for assembling the furniture and doing other lighter tasks. A good drill for an extremely low price.
“This is a great little screw gun. I bought it for my mum who has arthritis in her hands. She can’t use a screwdriver as it causes a lot of pain. This little guy suits her needs and performs as expected. It’s not overly robust and vigorous enough to get the little around the house jobs done.” – Amazon’s Customer Review.
7. Speedhex Power Screw Driver ($40.82)
This is a speedhex flip out rechargeable power screwdriver with an incredibly innovative design which makes it perfect for accessing nooks and crannies. It features a maximum 8-Volt, LED work light and a charger. It can also rotate 360 degrees but can be used well for low torque applications. Well built and powerful, a great tool and charges quickly.
“It is a nice handy tool to have around but I usually go for my portable drill/screwdriver first, and the fit can’t get in the space then this is a fantastic backup.” – Amazon’s Customer Review.
6. Hammerhead Power Screw Driver ($27.95)
This is a 4-Volt lithium rechargeable screwdriver with patented circuit sensor technology. This unit can detect current from 1-inches away and communicates via a sound and a red light. It comes with 2 LEDs for low light areas and an integrated rechargeable battery (USB interfaced.) The bit-holder is magnetic and can hold up to nine screws. The unit is solid and not too heavy and can hold fairly good torque as well as charges quickly.
“I use this for working on my radio controlled cars, to save some time manually inserting and removing hex screws. It’s been a perfect option for me because it’s relatively compact and lightweight compared with heavier duty screwdrivers and drills, and it’s powerful enough without having so much torque that I would worry about stripping screws. Charges quickly and I can use it daily for a couple of weeks between charges. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever actually drained the battery. For this price, I would happily buy one again.” – Amazon’s Customer Review.
5. Hitachi Power Screw Driver ($53.99)
This is Hitachi’s 3.6V li-ion dual position cordless screwdriver. The dual position driver converts from straight to pistol-shaped for maximum flexibility. It has an integrated easy to use forward and reverse switch to change directions. The built-in LED illuminates the working surface. It has 21 clutch settings and one drill setting for precision and control. The clutch works perfectly and its very sensitive.
“This is my 2nd Hitachi power driver….same one. I had my 1st one for over three years, which I totally rely on for work as a PC tech. The forward/reverse switch started getting sticky. I will be sending it in under its lifetime warranty for repair (a big plus). The new model apparently is a little thicker with a grip and almost an inch longer, the switch feels better, comes with a brighter LED light and overall it’s quieter / smoother. There’s a lot of torque, too much even @ the lowest setting (1) for my personal use most of the time. I also use it for personal home jobs which have the potential for heavy-duty functions. The battery life is good and uses the same type. It only takes 30 minutes for a full charge. Great tool!” – Amazon’s Customer Review.
4. Black & Decker Power Screw Driver ($25.99)
This is Black & Decker’s 6V, Nicad, cordless and rechargeable screwdriver with an articulating head. You can pivot handle locks in three different positions for a versatile range of operating conditions. It has an integrated LED light provides visibility in dark areas, and the 23-position clutch helps prevent stripping. The quick release collar helps you to pop in a screw bit quickly, and the torque controller is easy to adjust, and visual icons make it easy to figure out which one is best depending on whether you’re using a screw or drill bit. It is light in weight and has a built-in removable light tape measure and bit holder.
“Purchased this as a Christmas present for my wife and have been installing blinds ever since. While it’s not intended to take the place of an 18-volt drill, it does a great job screwing and unscrewing. The forward, reverse rocker switch is more convenient than others that we have used, and the angles are handy. I would not recommend it as a replacement for the DeWalt heavy duty cordless screwdriver (my favourite), but it’s lighter and 1/3 the price. Well worth the money.” – Amazon’s Customer Review.
3. Black & Decker Power Screw Driver ($18.57)
This is Black&Decker’s 3.6V 3-position rechargeable screwdriver with Li-ion battery which can hold a charge for up to 18 months. The three position handle lets you work in tight spaces. The spindle lock allows manual screw driving and greater control. You can easily use the forward and reverse switch for easy screw driving and screw removal. The screwdriver handle has 3-positions: straight, about 45 degrees and somewhere in between straight and 45 degrees. It’s a handy little screwdriver with some room for improvement but for the price, it’s adequate.
“I replaced a Craftsman 3.6 volt unit with this Black & Decker version. So far, very pleased. Has excellent torque and is easy to handle. Great for smalls jobs, such as disassembly where a cordless drill is an overkill.” – Amazon’s Customer Review.
2. Dewalt Power Screw Driver ($74.99)
This is Dewalt’s 0.25 inches cordless 2-position screwdriver kit. The unit provides 80 in-lbs of torque, and the adjustable handle allows for in-line as well as a pistol grip. The variable speed and reversing trigger switch provides 0-500 RPM for fastening and pre-drilling and the industrial quick-release hex-shank chuck allows for quick screwdriver bit change as well as prevents the bit run out. The unit with 7.2-volt battery pack provides longer run-time and charges in one hour.
“This is simply the best cordless screwdriver around. With a drill, you either have too much torque, speed and size. Having a power screwdriver is a necessary piece of equipment for any homeowner. I had always suffered from stripped screw heads or insufficient torque. No more – not with this baby. Balance is perfect; controls are terrific. I was really (pleasantly) surprised to find the Chuck is a rapid load self-ejecting chuck. This is a necessity in a screwdriver (and probably in drills too – DeWalt hope you are reading this….).
The torque adjustment is great. Adjustment steps are very nicely spaced throughout the torque range. i.e. you don’t have to worry about one setting being too much and the next being too little. You get an excellent range throughout 15 settings. I have used this for light jobs like wall switch trim plates with no problem where I used to crack them with other drivers routinely. Also with severe driving into thick oak etc.. with no problem and no stripping. My only complaint is that the battery shape makes the tools somewhat awkward to use in the straight position. However, this is the only problem and nothing that I believe detracts from the device overall.” – Amazon’s Customer Review.
1. Black & Decker Power Screw Driver ($9.73)
This is Black&Decker’s alkaline cordless screwdriver with the ability to quickly switch to a manual screwdriver for greater control. It has an onboard pegboard and comes with 4AA batteries. Strong and works perfectly for light torque jobs.
“I have found this tool to be well constructed and of high quality, especially considering the price. (I bought mine at Walmart for $8.88.) It comes with two bits (slot and Phillips). The head can be locked, allowing the tool to be used as an ordinary screwdriver. This is handy if the batteries die or the motor doesn’t have enough torque for the job at hand. Because it uses alkaline batteries, you can leave it in the drawer for months without worrying about the batteries discharging, as rechargeables often do. I occasionally need to unscrew 1.5″ deck screws to remove a plywood lid from plywood boxes. I then replace the screws. Recently I was able to remove and replace 34 of these screws on one set of AA alkaline batteries. That gives a feel for how long the batteries last. For smaller screws or softer material, I imagine the batteries would last much longer.” – Amazon’s Customer Review.
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