Cordless screwdriver recommendation.


Any recommendations an a good general use battery operated screwdriver? Something to use around the house with plenty of power.
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Frankly, I think they are more trouble than they are worth. If you have one that rests in a cradle between uses, so it's charged up, OK. Frankly, I like the "six way" screwdrivers that have 4 bits (2 flat, 2 Phillips) and 2 small sockets on them. CHeap enough that you can saturate the house with them. Black and Decker seems to make a good one. I had one at one time, and the battery wouldn't hold a charge after about a year. PITA.
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professorpaul wrote:

I find them indispensable, with the combined Phillip's / straight tip, it is the first thing I pick up for small jobs. For tear down on something with lots of screws it can't be beat, I love it for switch plates and door knobs. I buzzed a refrigerator apart the other day to get to a top compressor defrost thermostat in less that 15 minutes. As to brand I like Skill the best because of the rocker switch, but Black & Decker is ok as well. Added perks; with the bit out it fits the hex screws in most computer cases, carburetor repair becomes easier without having to manually remove a dozen or so long fine thread screws.
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I saw a review in Wood Magazine Nov06 issue about 3 new Lithium-ion powered cordless screwdrivers,that retain a charge for a year without topping of. 2 were $40,and just simple palm drivers(Skil iXO and B&D Li3000),and the 3rd (Bosch PS-20)was similar to a cordless drill and had interchangable battery packs,so you have a spare.That one had more torque,was faster,and could also drill screwholes. It costs as much as a regular cordless drill/driver,though,$130.
I suspect eventually,the manufacturers will make replacement Li-ion packs and chargers for their newer NiCd and NiMH drills.
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Because everyone wants "plenty of power" the battery screwdrivers of the 1980s have been mostly superseded by (variable speed) cordless drills.
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Don,
I would say there are more rechargeable screwdrivers on the market today than back in the eighties. At least now some of them are worth owning/using.
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I find that an apple and oranges statement. I have 2 Dewalt 18v cordless drills and a couple of old Makitas, and as great as they are, they are clumsy at what the electric screw driver does best. I wouldn't be without one. If for some reason I had to choose the drill would win, but then I'd end up doing the tasks that it does so well with a plain old screw driver, and my arm would get tired.
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You bet. Dewalt makes one that is terrific. 7.2 volt with plenty of torque and a quick change chuck. You don't normmaly find it at the stores but i got mine from Amazon. 'bout $100.00

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Craven,
Dont drop your Dewalt 7.2 or it will break in half at the hinge like mine did.
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Craven Morehead wrote:

I got mine at Home Depot for about the same. I gave my old Black & Decker cordless screwdriver to my father and frankly, I wish I'd hung onto it. While the Dewalt is much more potent, the B&D was adequate for most jobs and handier for all of them. The one I had used the versapak 3.6 volt batteries that slid into the base. It came with two and a charger so there was always at least one ready to go at all times.
I do the same thing with the Dewalt but it is the clumsier of the two tools. I don't think B&D makes the one I had any more. Pity.
I've also got a 18 volt Milwaukee hammer drill/driver and a Makita 9.6 volt drill/driver as well. I don't get them out unless there's a good reason.
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I have heard the "Versapak" tools are being discontinued. I have a "Scumbuster" and some emergency flashlights that just became obsolete. Thanks B&D.
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How about a small cordless drill? To use as a screwdriver, you need only a 9.6 or 12 volt and it will be light and have more power than a plain battery screwdriver.
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Mel,
We use a Bosch rechargable screwdriver. They are $129.00 at Lowes or HD. They are rated for 100 3" screws per charge. Comes with a spare battery, light weight, and a little led light turns on to light up the screw you are driving when you pull the trigger.
I previously owned the Dewalt screwdriver. $99.00 at HD or Lowes. It worked really well but the first time I dropped it, it broke in half and dropping is not covered under the warranty.
The Rigid by HD was rated very well in a recent magazine review. It is over $100
We use this type of tool almost every day, sometimes driving several hundred screws per day.
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Mel wrote:

I've been using De Walt one. Never had trouble yet.
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Mel wrote:

batteries which also fit my B&D Dust Buster and my B&D Emergency light/flashlights. So I get some use out of them (batteries) and they seem to last quite some time. Multi use is good for batteries and my pocket book. I bring the dustbuster with me in the MH along with one of the emergency light/flashlight when we hit the road.
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Mel wrote:

Also the batteries can be used in the larger B&D drill so I get plenty of use out of the batteries and have some to spare. Plus on some they give you a charger along with the product.
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I have used this drill/screwdriver for several years. Probably not for pros but works like a charm for general household use. Can't beat the price. Most batteries are more than that.
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber440
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Sears has one that is a great value at 29.99, and even less when on sale. It bends in the middle, has a clutch, and reversable action. It also has a tiny light that shines at your work. I can't imagine that an average homowner would need more than this, unless you are into some more heavy duty stuff.
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Get a battery drill, and a set of screw driver tips. Think Makita.
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