The Basics: How to Choose a Torque Screwdriver

What type of screwdriver?

If your company has the compressed air infrastructure, air screwdrivers are probably your best option. Air, or pneumatic, screwdrivers typically require less maintenance, have a longer life span and are lighter than electric options. If your company is not set up for air screwdrivers or if you want the lowest upfront tool cost, electric drivers would be your best choice.

What style of screwdriver?

There are three ergonomically designed styles of screwdrivers that are each made for different assembly applications.  If the fasteners are being inserted vertically (straight up and down) inline grip screwdrivers are the best choice.  Inline grip screwdrivers insure that the operator’s wrist remains in an ergonomically correct position when fastening vertically.  When fasteners are being inserted horizontally (straight out from the body) pistol grip screwdrivers are the best choice.  Pistol grip screwdrivers insure that the operators wrist remains in an ergonomically correct position when fastening horizontally.  The angle head style screwdriver is a great fit for confined areas.  Due to its low profile it allows the operator to reach areas that traditional inline grip and pistol grip screwdrivers cannot access.  

What type of clutch?

Our screwdrivers have two types of clutches. The best one for you depends upon your assembly application.  The slip clutch, also known as the cushion clutch, is a great fit for hard joint applications.  These clutches slip once they come up to torque until the operator releases the activation lever.   The second type of clutch is the auto-shutoff clutch, which is ideal for soft joint applications.  These clutches turn the screwdriver completely off once the desired torque setting is reached, assuring that no damage is done to the fastener or the joint. 

What model?

Our electric and pneumatic torque screwdrivers come in a wide variety of torque and price ranges. Please visit the following Buying Guides to choose the tool that is best for you:

How to Choose an Electric Screwdriver

How to Choose an Air Screwdriver 

Still not sure of the best screwdriver for your job?  Give us a call at (866)863-2302 and our experts will help you select the perfect tool.


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