How to Choose the Right Drill for Driving Screws
By: Danny Lipford
A screwdriver works fine for driving a few screws; but for larger projects, a drill makes the work go much faster. When choosing a drill for driving screws, choose a cordless drill that has high and low or variable speeds and an adjustable clutch.
An impact driver is the best choice for longer screws, since it combines increased torque with a hammering action to get the job done easier.
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Driving screws is a chore than can be done with a variety of tools, so it’s important to match the right tool with the job at hand.
A traditional screwdriver is fine for light assembly work or attaching switch plates. And to speed things up a little, you can use one of the models with the ratcheting action.
A cordless drill driver is the next step, but you want to match the tool’s available power with the work being done. The tool’s voltage will determine the power output, so use lower voltage tools for less demanding jobs and higher voltage models for bigger chores.
The bigger cordless drills will have two speeds—the lower one for more torque and the higher for more speed. They will also have a multi-position clutch adjustment to help you avoid over-driving screws.
If the job you’re doing requires lots of torque, then you’ll want to consider an impact driver. In addition to the spinning action of a drill, the impact driver provides a hammering action to add additional power when more torque is needed. If you’re driving lots of long screws or working with very hard materials, this is the tool for you.