Yankee Screwdrivers are the “semi-automatics” of the screw-driving world. You might have seen these growing up in your dad’s shop, but in an ironic twist the Yankee drivers are only available through Stanley in the UK.
Once in normal driving position, you push straight down on the handle that turns the chuck and bit on the end, which in turn drives the screw. The amount of “twist” is determined by the length of the barrel on the driver. The longer the barrel, the more rotation you receive on the other end.
All the drivers have a 3-position selector: locked, spiral-in, and spiral-out and range in sizes from small 11″ fully extended, medium 17″ and large which comes in at 25″ fully extended.
It’s an elegantly simple machine that has been around for decades, and though it may not be as fast as a newer electric driver, it does provide an old world craftsmanship “hands-on feel” that many woodworkers crave.
Street pricing starts at $49 plus shipping — which might be significant since they’ll be travelling overseas to many of you. The next time we talk to Stanley we’ll beg ’em to bring ’em over to the States.