Features of a Drill / Driver

Posted by on January 25, 2006

Drills can do more than just spin. At least they can if they’re a hammer drill or a drill / driver. But what is it that makes a drill a drill / driver?

Screwdriving
In case you hadn’t alraedy figured it out, the driver part refers to driving screws. This doesn’t just mean that you can put a phillips bit into the chuck and use it. This means it is truly designed for driving screws. But what is it that makes it designed for driving screws?

Adjustable Clutch Mechanism
The feature that makes a drill / driver really suitable for driving screws is the adjustable clutch. By setting the clutch to a lower setting, it’ll stop when the screw just starts to get snug. By adjusting it the other way, it’ll get much tighter. The idea is that you can drive a screw and not have to worry about stripping out the material by over-tightening. That’s such a timesaver if you get it set right. Just start low and adjust it until it gets to the right setting.

Still works like a standard drill
As the fact that it is a drill / driver implies, it also works as a drill. There is a mode that turns off the clutch completely so it functions as a drill. The dual modes make the tool much more useful than just having a drilling mode.

More useful, so look for the driver mode
Even more useful is the drill / driver / hammerdrill, but many people won’t ever need the hammerdrill capabilities. I’d personally recommend at least looking for a drill / driver, as I know that my in-laws, my father and I personally use our cordless models for driving screws quite often. Making holes is only so useful. Screwdriving expands the uses for a drill many times over and means it’ll get a lot more use. Being able to use it more makes it a better value.

One Response to Features of a Drill / Driver

  1. Anonymous

    This post was of great value to me in shopping for a household drill. I’m a single woman with a house, and I like to do as much household maintenance myself as possible. Plus I just like to build things. Right now, I’m building a composter for my yard, which involves drilling holes in a plastic garbage can. I know I’ll need a drill for a lot more than that, but I know very little about them. I went online and started looking at them. I noticed right away they were listed as drills, drill/drivers, and drill/driver/hammerdrills. I had an idea that the various names meant more features/power/flexibility, but I needed more info. I found this post and it’s exactly what I needed to know. Excellent post, I look forward to checking out the rest of the site.