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I recently tested four modern cordless screwdrivers for Wired, and I’m happy to report that (as many Toolmongers have discovered) these once-wimpy tools have finally exited the dark ages.  Three of the four screwdrivers tested were quite usable, and two of them were obviously pro-level tools that I’d be proud to own.

I’ve linked to the individual reviews below, but if you get the chance, check out the full test coverage on page 108 of the current (June, 15.08) issue.

The Bosch PS10 I-Driver [Wired.com]
The Hitachi DB3DL [Wired.com]
The Black & Decker 3.6V Firestorm [Wired.com]
The Craftsman 4.0V [Wired.com]


2 Responses to Cordless Screwdrivers, Tested

  1. James says:

    A little while ago, I got a Craftsman 4.8v impact screwdriver. I didn’t actually want it, but it was bundled with a belt sander I wanted that was on sale.

    Much to my surprise, it’s quite powerful. I tried it out on a small task that I thought was perfect for it, but the single speed and the impact really surprised me. I haven’t driven many wood screws with it, since I have a 14.4V impact gun and a nice 10.8V Li-Ion drill that are both better suited to the task. I’m sure it would fare much better than the Craftsman 4.0V reviewed.

    I have found a use for it, though. We have 7 telco racks filled with gear at work that we put together with my 14.4V impact gun. Occasionally, we have to move things around or add/replace gear, and we do it by hand, since I’d rather not lug my impact gun to work every day. It’s time-consuming and hard on the hands, especially since most of the machine screws were driven by the impact gun and some of the gear is pretty heavy. I brought the Craftsman in to see how it would do, and it’s worked brilliantly so far.

  2. Brau says:

    Comparing these tools when the first two are substantially more expensive than the B&D or Craftsman is a bit dishonest I feel. I have the Craftsman and have found it very very useful despite thinking it was a toy when I received it, but then again I don’t have any illusions of using it as a medium to torque wood screws into place; I have a 19.2V drill that will do that kind of stuff for hours. If mine were to die, I would certainly buy another one for the measly $30 it costs.

    It has been very helpful at getting into small spaces and spinning out long screws, especially where those things are often difficult with other hand tools. The torque setting is really nice too for snugging up hose-clamps without pinching the rubber. The light has been welcome too, but I must admit I have no idea why they didn’t use an LED instead.

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