When it comes to your toolkit, a screwdriver is a pretty essential component. Studies show that in the UK, over 40% of its participants deem it to be a useful tool that gets used often. On top of this, lockdowns during the pandemic prompted more and more people to embark on DIY projects, utilising newfound spare time. Even if you only use it a handful of times throughout the year, they come in extremely handy in the moment, whether you’re dismantling a desk or prising something open.
Some households favour an electric screwdriver over a manual one, making the most of further advantages you simply can’t get with a manual tool.
How do electric screwdrivers work?
If you were to dissect an electric screwdriver, you’d find batteries, a gear system and a motor inside, plus additional features such as the switch. Considering the components inside them, they’re surprisingly compact. Everything is combined with pins and held together in a case.
In a nutshell, the wires deliver electricity from the batteries, while the gear system carries the motion from the motor to the actual screwdriver end. The switch simply allows you to turn it on and off.
Why you should choose electric screwdriver over a manual one
While there are perks to both manual and electric screwdrivers, the latter offers more versatility in several ways.
With the added battery power behind it, electric screwdrivers are far more powerful and have better torque than a manual one. This relieves the strain you would otherwise put on your hands and joints, making it a more accessible tool for your DIY kit if you struggle to operate a manual screwdriver. If you have conditions that affect your hands or grip, this may be particularly handy.
Not only will this save you physical hassle, but it will also save you time too. If you’re undergoing a particularly large property project, an electric screwdriver will help you breeze through. Being able to quickly secure several screws will mean you can crack on without getting increasingly frustrated at having to manually secure them yourself, giving you more valuable DIY time.
On top of this, you can get an electric screwdriver in a range of sizes and shapes, so you can pick the one that suits you best. They’re designed to be easily held, making life far easier for you. With this, you’re more likely to get the screw in more accurately and neatly too, thanks to the simpler process of guiding the screw as opposed to doing this simultaneously while twisting. Variable speeds and sometimes, reverse action, allow for a much less strenuous DIY process on top of this.
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