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Old 02-15-2009, 09:15 AM   #1
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Can anyone recommend a decent cordless screwdriver? I've always been happy with DeWalt and Bosch tools but have always avoided cordless tools for various reasons.

That being said, a battery operated screwdriver would be handy. Do any have enough torque to not require predrilling?

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me, i never found any i liked, too slow, no torque, clumsy, etc.....i just pop a bit in my cordless drill and go.

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That's kind of what I thought. I've been doing a lot of work in my crawlspace lately and both carrying two drills (one with a drillbit and the other w/a screwdriver) is a real pain and swapping out bits (drill/screwdriver) for a single drill is even worse.

I live in an old house and the joists might as well be made out of concrete because the wood is so hard.
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get yourself a quickchange bit and a hard-drive magnet to glue (PL works great, but ya gotta wait...a day) to the side of your drill to hold driver bits/screws/drill bits like i do and it won't be a hassle any more! Po)
(i glued one on the side of my corded hilti too. LOVE them magnets!)

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oh, and you must have hardwood beams like my buddy's place.... some solid stuff, huh? lol
his still has bark and they're only flat on one side......

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I think you're right with your suggestion. It seems like the simplest and most efficient option.

Yeah, it's all hardwood in my house. It's remarkable what kind of boards were available back then. When you look up in the attic, the typical board is about 14" wide and some are even wider. The same goes with the subfloor when you look up in the crawlspace. I've never measured it but the main support beam for the house is at the very least, 12" x 8".

And it's all rock solid. I don't know how in the world we'll ever put a new roof on as it's nearly impossible to drive nails into it.
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I have an 18V dewalt cordless hammer drill that has enough torque to knock me off my ladder (whoops!).

I highly recommend it for working with old, dense wood. The joists in my house are chestnut (and 200 years old). With a corded drill and a good drill bit it would take me 14 minutes to drill a 1 inch diameter hole through the 8-10 inch beams. My standard Dewalt 18V screwdriver took slightly longer.

The cordless hammer drill chews through them in less than 7 minutes.

IMO, buy at least one extra battery and charger. I have three.

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