Types of Screwdrivers

Types of Screwdrivers

Purchasing a screwdriver is likely something everyone will do in their life as they are must-haves around the home. Screwdrivers will always be used for a variety of tasks, such as installing things around the house, or building things such as furniture. With so many types of screwdrivers, you need to learn what you can buy so you can make an informed purchase decision.

Different Types of Screwdrivers

Today we will be going through the various types of screwdrivers and what you can purchase these days.

Manual screwdrivers

To make an informed decision when purchasing a new screwdriver, you need to understand the various types being offered and what makes them unique. This is going to ensure that you get one that is going to work the best for you, and also make sure that you avoid any disappointments once you start using it. The first thing to note is that there are different screwdrivers that you can use. We are going to go through each one and explain what they are usually meant for.

The slotted screwdriver

This is the most commonly known type of screwdriver, and probably the one that you will use the most for any DIY projects or other installations around the house. These slotted screwdrivers are also called a flat screwdriver or a flared screwdriver, meaning that bits can fit easily in the top of the screw. You can get slotted screwdrivers in all shapes and sizes; some are for more compact jobs, while other are large and can be used for heavy-duty jobs. The most common types of sizes of the slotted screwdriver measure around 6 mm to around 8mm wide.

The one thing that you have to watch when using a slotted screwdriver is slipping as this can destroy the screw and the screwdriver itself. You have to apply enough pressure on the driver, while pressing against the screw as you want to prevent as much slipping as possible. This increases safety and also increases the longevity of your product as well.

These screwdrivers are very affordably priced. One thing to note about slotted screws is that they are usually not made for power or electric screwdrivers and you can easily break them. They are usually meant for more detailed jobs by hand, maybe even tightening up screws after you’ve using an electric driver, just to give them that one last tightening. 

The flared slotted screwdriver

This type of screwdriver has an incredibly flat tip, ensuring that the edge is wider than the shaft of the screwdriver. This is used for a variety of jobs and is more of a specially made screwdriver.

The parallel screwdriver

The cousin of the flared slotted screwdriver.On these screwdrivers, there is an edge that is the same width as the shaft. They are used primarily for tightening or loosening screws that are in a hole that has already been made.

The Philips screwdriver

You have likelyseen this type of screwdriver, mainly because is it the one with the cross symbol. Remember how we said the type of screw you use reflects the type of screwdriver you use? This is the case in point—all of these manual screwdrivers basically do the same thing, but they each have a different head to use for different screws.

Angled screwdrivers

These screwdrivers have been made to get in the most difficult of places, to be used on a variety of various angles. These are must haves just to have something on hand to get into these types of places. They also come with bit holders.

The electric screwdriver

Basically, the same thing as a drill, these electric screwdrivers are the way of the future, mainly because they come with various bits (each with a different screwhead on them) so they are extremely versatile and can be used with a variety of screws; they can do the job much more quickly and efficiently. This is why we recommend getting an electric screwdriver when you compare the features and ease of use to many others on the market right now.