For jobs that call for a lot of driving or removing screws, an electric screwdriver can come in handy. Ace Hardware carries a large inventory of power screwdrivers from top-rated brands like DEWALT, Milwaukee and Skil. Explore the differences between corded, cordless and drywall screwdrivers to choose the best option for your project.
Three Main Types of Power Screwdrivers
Whether you're a pro or a frequent DIYer, an electric screwdriver can help get the job done with more efficiency. Compact and lightweight, an automatic screwdriver outputs just the right amount of torque to drive screws all day long and many models are designed with maximum portability in mind. Electric screwdrivers are tuned for general purpose of driving screws, which means less of a chance of overtightening or stripping screws. There are three main types of electric screwdrivers, each explained below.
Corded screwdrivers deliver reliable consistency in torque for jobs that call for more power. The driving force in a corded screwdriver is optimally delivered by a constant flow of electricity, so there are no interruptions or voltage limitations. Many professional contractors and carpenters prefer using a corded screwdriver since they regularly perform more detailed work that requires greater power, durability, and long-term use. Unlike battery powered screwdrivers that require recharging from time to time, corded models never run out of juice, as long as you have access to an electrical source. They're also well-suited for boring holes into harder materials like concrete.
Cordless screw guns, or battery powered screwdrivers, rely solely on batteries for their power source. Cordless power screwdrivers are great options for projects that require moving from location to location, where access to electrical outlets may not be present. These electric screwdrivers are built for greater convenience and ease of portability, while corded screwdrivers are built for greater power.
Battery powered screwdrivers are easy to use in tight, confined places and unrestricted by dangling cords. Many cordless screw guns have some of the same features of corded models, such as multiple speed options and magnetized bits.
At first glance, a drywall screwdriver closely resembles a regular power screwdriver. However, drywall screwdrivers are specifically designed for installing drywall. These automatic screwdrivers use special bits that drive drywall screws without damaging the material's surface. Like other types of electric screwdrivers, drywall screwdrivers are available in corded and cordless models.
The main purpose of a drywall screwdriver is to rotate a drywall bit at an ideal speed for driving the screw through the material and into the stud. A regular power screwdriver can be used for the same task, but its operating speed must be carefully monitored, or the screws may be driven too deep.
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can be useful for handling basic projects but electric screwdrivers provide greater convenience when driving screws for an extended period of time. Find great deals on corded and cordless screwdrivers online or in-store at Ace Hardware today.