Irrespective of whether a contractor works in the home construction industry or is hired to repair your broken cabinet, the cordless screwdriver constitutes an item that’s never missing from this professional’s arsenal. It’s no wonder, considering the numerous advantages such a tool brings along and the fact that the advancements in the field over the past decades have made it considerably more powerful, reliable and versatile.
The capabilities of a manually operated screwdriver are infinitely higher and working with one extends the duration of the project, downgrades the security of the fastening and raises potential risks of damage to the screws and the assembly. Let’s find out exactly why professional contractors never leave home without a cordless screwdriver.
- Higher torque means a safer, more secure insertion
In order to ensure that two components are safely tightened together with the screw, it must be able to protrude both surfaces and act as an anchor. While certain materials are not very challenging, others show high durability that makes them very difficult to penetrate utilizing a standard, manual screwdriver. Therefore, not utilizing a cordless screwdriver means either that it requires a high amount of force – leading to less precision, damage to the screw or the risk of injury – or results in shabby fastening.
- The ability to remove a stubborn screw from an assembly
You have probably been, at one point or another, faced the challenge of a stubborn screw that – try as you might – refused to come out of the surface with conventional means. The good news is that the higher torque mentioned in the previous section also accounts for the ability to extract such obstinate fasteners, quickly and easily.
- Less chances of stripping the head of the screw
Because you cannot apply the same torque utilizing a manual screwdriver, it is highly probable that you’ll strip the head of the Phillips round wood screw, rendering it unusable and/or difficult to remove. On the other hand, the chances of stripping the head of the screw with a cordless motorized screwdriver are very low.
- Versatility for tighter workspaces
While there are certain situations when a person could apply a sufficient amount of torque in tightening the screw to secure a tight fitting of the assembly, tighter work spaces limit the movement capabilities and therefore, the strength that can be exercised in the process. A cordless screwdriver does not require any physical force on the part of the user, which means that you can achieve optimal results irrespective of where you need to utilize it.
- Accumulators of newer models have superior longevity
When these tools originally hit the market, the lifespan of the accumulator was limited, which inevitably made these screwdrivers less feasible compared to the corded counterparts. However, modern day batteries and accumulators provide a lot more ‘juice’ and that boosts their reliability for extensive construction and repair projects. Furthermore, certain models come with a set of two accumulators, which entails that you can continue working uninterrupted while one of them is in the charger.
Started my career in the fastener world in 1969 at, Parker Kalon Corp. a NJ based screw manufacturer located in Clifton, NJ working in inventory control, scheduling secondary production and concluding there in purchasing. In 1971 I accepted a sales position at Star Stainless Screw Co., Totowa, NJ working in inside sales and later as an outside salesman, having a successful career at Star I had the desire with a friend to start our own fastener distribution company in 1980 named: Divspec, Kenilworth, NJ. This was a successful adventure but ended in 1985 with me starting Melfast in August 1985 and have stayed competitive and successful to date. Melfast serves the OEM market with approximately 400 accounts nationally.