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Choosing Between Torque Screwdrivers

Choosing Between Torque Screwdrivers!

Choosing between electric and air Torque Screwdrivers is a question we are often asked, here is what to consider.   If your company has 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 or if you want the lowest upfront tool cost, electric drivers would be your best choice.  If your assembly applications require extra functionality (for example, slow start, signal controller, ESD safe housing or screw counting) then electric screwdrivers are the best way to go since air screwdrivers do not support these extras.  If your assembly application requires torque tracking at the fastener/part level or advance capabilities around torque control, turn control, time delays, data capturing or integration with a robot then our torque readout systems or transducer screwdrivers are your best options.  Lastly, there are cordless or battery screwdrivers that allow the operator the freedom to move around the assembly part freely and require less setup since no air hose or electric line needs to be connected to the tool during operation.  We offer air, electric and battery screwdrivers to meet any of your assembly needs!

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 andTypes of torque screwdrivers 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. We have air, electric and battery screwdrivers with inline, pistol grip or angle grip configurations.

What type of clutch?

How to choose a torque screwdriver clutch type, our screwdrivers have three types of clutches. The best one for you depends upon your assembly application.  The slip clutch, alsoTypes of torque screwdriver known as the cushion clutch, is a great fit for applications that are removing screws or applications where exact torque is not as important. 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 applications requiring exact repeatable torque.   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.   Lastly, our transducer screwdrivers use our proprietary transducers integrated with our screwdrivers resulting in a very configurable and accurate fastening operations.  The transducer along with a microprocessor are used to stop the screwdriver once the desired torque is reached, resulting in very accurate torque and allows for complete data capturing during the fastening process. 

What model?

Our electric pneumatic and transducer torque screwdrivers come in a wide variety of torque and price ranges. When choosing Between Torque Screwdrivers 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.