Everyone will need to use a screwdriver at some point, no matter what line of work you’re in. These tools are essential in woodwork, metalwork and electrical work— just to name a few. There’s a type of screwdriver to fit every screw, and there are a lot of screws out there. Using the wrong tool can damage several components and just won’t get the job done. Learn all about the different types of screwdrivers to find the right one for your task:
The power screwdriver is the most heavy-duty of tools available. It gets jobs done easier and faster and is also the most versatile. A power drill screwdriver has the torque that is much stronger than an ordinary battery-powered electric screwdriver. Typically run on batteries, this type of screwdriver makes removing screws quicker. Power screwdrivers come with bits that can be changed when necessary, so you can use this tool for a multitude of jobs. Note: Not all screwdriver bits are interchangeable. Be sure to check the length, point size and diameter to ensure compatibility for your project.
Like power screwdrivers, these types of screwdrivers have removable heads to quickly and easily swap, depending on your project. An interchangeable screwdriver is a great addition to your toolbox, eliminating the need for more tools. All you have to do is buy the right bits or driver heads. Some models even have an added accessory that organizes and stores the bits so that you don’t lose the small pieces.
This is the most common type of screwdriver on the market. Like its name states, it has a flat head and a straight blade that fits into various slotted screw heads. The flat blade can differ in thickness and comes in a variety of sizes and shapes. It’s best to get this screwdriver in many different sizes for your toolbox to ensure you can match the blade width with its corresponding screw head slot size.
A Phillips screwdriver has a head with pointed edges in the shape of a cross, which fit neatly into the cross slots of a Phillips screw. Phillips screwdrivers are available in five different sizes, ranging from zero(smallest) to four (largest).
Allen Key Screwdriver
The Allen key screwdriver is an L-shaped tool with a hexagonal cross section. Think: the little tool that’s used to assemble an entire piece of furniture. It’s used with screws that have the hexagonal indent which can be used for a variety of applications—big or small. Having a couple of these around your business will come in handy.
No toolbox is complete without a variety of screwdrivers. Find the right type of screwdriver to make your task easier and the process more streamlined.