Screwdrivers

A screwdriver for every construction project

Screwdrivers amplify the turning motion produced by your hand, and they use a custom tip to fit a screw and loosen it out of or tighten it into a designated spot in all kinds of material, ranging from wood to plastic to stone. Because there are many different types of screws, there are many different types of screwdrivers, but the two that remain most popular are standard screwdrivers—designated by a flat and straight head and a lined screw—and the Phillips design, which features an X-shaped head. Screwdrivers also vary beyond being one type or the other, so when shopping for a home or construction project, consumers should look for a style that feels comfortable and natural, and that will make work as easy as possible.

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Screwdriver Handle Design

It's important that a screwdriver feels comfortable in your hand. Many screwdriver handles are made of plastic. Typically, plastic handles are found on the cheapest screwdrivers, and they're a bit more prone to slipping out of your hand while you're using them. Comfortable alternatives include rubber or wood, both of which can fit the hand more snugly; however, the increased comfort usually comes with an increased price. The screwdriver handle's material is an important component you'll want to consider depending on how often you expect to use the tool.

Screwdriver Styles

Besides the old-fashioned flat and newer Phillips-head designs of single screwdrivers, there are also screwdriver sets that offer interchangeable screwdriver bits capable of fitting just about any screw imaginable—several bits that twist onto or magnetically attach to the same base and handle.

A torque screwdriver is designed to engage and disengage at present torque limits. And if power tools are more your preference, there's also the electric screwdriver, which can quickly and easily pull screws out of place or drive them in. If you're thinking a project might include turning hundreds of screws, this might be your best option to save time and effort.

As with other hand tools, like hammers and wrenches, it's important that you choose the right tool for you and for the job at hand in order to keep yourself injury-free.