One must have good tools to do a good job. A screwdriver is a commonly used tool, and while it might seem simple, there's a lot to consider. Wondering how to choose the best screwdriver to ensure you're getting the perfect one for the job? Here's a quick rundown of various screwdrivers and accessories. Spend just three minutes going through this, and you'll be on your way to becoming a screwdriver pro.
Types and Sizes of Screwdriver Heads
First things first – the size and type of the screwdriver head should be your top consideration. It needs to match the screw you're dealing with. The most common types include:
Slotted: Ideal for flat screws, it's one of the most basic types.
Phillips: Commonly used for furniture and appliances, offering better grip and reducing the chance of slipping.
Hex: Used for hexagonal nuts, like in furniture assembly or bike repairs.
There are also various specialty heads designed to prevent casual disassembly by consumers. As a professional tool brand, Pro's Kit offers a range of screwdrivers for various uses. Check the symbols on the website or packaging when making your selection.
Size and Material of the Shaft
For those hard-to-reach screws in deep holes or narrow spaces, you need shafts of different lengths and thicknesses. The shaft material is typically high-strength, wear-resistant chromium-vanadium steel (Cr-V) with heat treatment. Higher-grade options may use chromium-molybdenum steel or (S2) for increased durability. For example: SD-081H Electronic Repair Set.
Pro's Kit provides screwdrivers in various lengths and materials for you to choose from.
The principle of magnetization involves aligning the magnetic domains of a magnetic material in the same direction, resulting in a magnetic effect (physical magnetization). In simple terms, most electrician or mechanic screwdrivers can attract screw nails due to magnetization.
However, precision screwdrivers used in electronic products are often non-magnetic to avoid interference with internal components. Pro's Kit precision screwdrivers come non-magnetic by default. If you need magnetism, you can opt for Pro's Kit's recommended 8PK-220 Magnetizer Demagnetizer, putting the decision in the user's hands for more professional flexibility.
Handle Design and Material
Is the screwdriver handle just for looks? Definitely not! Many details can enhance the professional user experience
Comfortable Grip: When tightening regular screws, it's recommended to use handles with a PP+TPR dual-material design. PP is lightweight with high mechanical strength, while TPR is a soft, anti-slip material offering greater torque resistance and a comfortable grip. Check out the SD-2301 6 Pcs Pro-Soft Screwdriver (SL- &PH) for both style and functionality.
High-Voltage Insulation: For regular work on 110V~220V or higher voltage AC equipment, choose screwdrivers with high-voltage insulation certified by Germany's VDE and GS. The insulating handle should withstand 10,000 volts of high-voltage electricity in water without breakdown to receive the 1,000-volt insulation certification. The SD-V861 and SD-810 series are examples of VDE and GS dual-certified screwdrivers.
Rotating End Cap: When disassembling small precision screws, precise control of torque is crucial. The SD-081 Electronic Repair Set features a thoughtful rotating end cap design for quick and efficient operation. Combined with the handle's body size, you can choose a gripping position according to different usage scenarios, allowing for more precise work.
Anti-Static: If disassembling components with specific requirements for electrostatic protection, the SD-083 series with ESD anti-static handles is a great choice. These are the go-to ESD anti-static screwdrivers loved by engineers in well-known tech companies for their functionality.
Flexible Articulating Hose
Ever had a screw in a tight spot where even a precision screwdriver couldn't reach? The 1PK-201 Flexible Ratchet Driver Set (10 in 1) with a flexible articulating hose can bend into narrow gaps and operate in both forward and reverse rotations. With interchangeable heads, it can easily handle screws of different types.
Bidirectional Quick-Release Ratchet
Imagine riding a bike and constantly pedaling. As you pedal, the wheels turn, right? Now, if you don't want to keep pedaling but want to keep the wheels turning in the same direction, that's where a ratchet device comes in. Screwdrivers with a ratchet device allow you to tighten screws without needing to release your grip on the handle to turn it back. This clever design makes tightening screws faster and easier. Bidirectional quick-release ratchets are widely used in many screwdriver sets, such as the SD-9820 10 in 1 Ratchet Screwdriver Kit.
A torque screwdriver allows you to adjust the maximum torque output, ensuring screws are tightened just right. This helps prevent stress damage to screw nails caused by excessive force. Although they may be pricier, they effectively eliminate safety hazards and are commonly used in the installation of components in public transportation and aerospace industries. For example: SD-T635-16 Adjustable Torque Screwdriver.
Feeling a bit overwhelmed by all this information? No worries! Just remember, when it comes to professional screwdrivers, you can't go wrong with Pro's Kit!