The PowerDriver is one of a number of interesting new tools Black & Decker’s scheduled for release this October, and though we haven’t seen an actual unit yet, we wanted to pass on what we already know from the early press release.
Think of the PowerDriver as a small, cordless-screwdriver-shaped impact driver. It uses the same kind of hammering mechanism you’d find in a standard impact driver, but it’s much smaller. While you might get something like 700+ in-lbs of torque from, say, a 12V impact driver, the PowerDriver delivers 315. But remember, it’s shaped (and priced) more like a cordless screwdriver.
It represents an interesting combination of existing technologies. This sort of reminds us of the concept of convergence devices in the tech world. Is it a camera-phone or a phone-camera? Which is more useful? Black & Decker seems to be thinking that the homeowner and DIY crowd will be more interested in a cordless-screwdriver-driver than a driver-screwdriver. And, at a street price under $50, we’d tend to agree.
We’ll pass on more information about the PowerDriver as it arrives. We’ll likely have a hands-on test for you sometime before its release date.