Electric screwdrivers or powered screwdrivers offer the user the ability to quickly and efficiently complete screw tightening or loosening tasks without much manual input. Most electric screwdrivers will have torque settings, which can be used to prevent damage to the screw or object/material that it's being inserted into. Damage can often occur by over-tightening, but electric screwdrivers can be used to prevent this from happening.
Cordless screwdrivers can also benefit from other additional features, such as LED lights to guide your work in enclosed or low-light areas. Cordless screwdrivers typically have li-ion batteries, which are lightweight, quick to recharge and have no memory effect, meaning you can keep working for longer.
Whether you need corded or cordless, or prefer a brushed motor over a brushless motor, RS has a large range for you to choose from. Our selection of products has been curated to cover a wide range of requirements and includes tools from some of the industry's leading brands, such as Bosch, DeWalt, Makita and our own brand, RS PRO. Please see our cordless screwdriver guide to learn more.
Why should I use an electric screwdriver?
Powered electric screwdrivers take the hard work out of screwing and unscrewing, saving time and reducing user fatigue. As the tool itself rotates, it removes the need for manual twisting and therefore eliminates the risk of user injury from friction or exertion. There are also options for straight or angled handles to best suit your requirements and personal comfort. With compact models that allow almost as much manoeuvrability as a typical handheld screwdriver, a cordless screwdriver can save you time and effort and still allow you to get into those tight spaces like drawers and cupboards.
Cordless electric screwdrivers accommodate a variety of different chucks and driver bits to suit your needs. In the same way that manual screwdrivers can have interchangeable screw bits, powered screwdrivers can also have their screw bits changed to suit the screws you are working on. So, no matter whether you need a Phillips, a flathead or a Torx bit, a powered screwdriver is just as adaptable as their manual counterparts, with the bits typically made from chromium-vanadium steel. Electric screwdrivers can even be used on tamper-resistant screws!
By choosing to use a powered tool, you can ensure a quick, tight and secure finish that you may not be able to achieve with manual screwdrivers.
Typical electric screwdriver applications
Electric screwdrivers are appropriate for use on wood, metal, and plastic applications when driving screws and drilling holes. They are ideal for household tasks and medium to light construction, such as home DIY and assembling flatpack furniture, and are typically used by:
- Car Mechanics
- DIY enthusiasts
Featuring a range of drilling speeds and an ergonomic grip, our electric screwdrivers are an ideal companion for everyone, from electricians to maintenance engineers.