13 years ago, my parents took me and my sister to open up our first checking accounts as we headed off to college. As a bonus for opening up new accounts we each received a freebie – a Black & Decker cordless screwdriver. This was my first cordless power tool, and I still keep it in one of my tool bags.
The exact model I have is a little different than this one – mine has a slightly different grip and a rounded battery compartment cap with no hole.
This AS6NG cordless screwdriver is powered by 4 ordinary AA alkaline batteries. That’s right, there’s no special battery pack to charge. You simply load it up with AA batteries.
As you can imagine, this simple cordless driver isn’t very strong. And it’s not very fast either. But, it does come in handy for quick and easy repetitive tasks. Black & Decker rates the screwdriver as being able to deliver up to 20 in-lbs of torque, and it drives screws at 130 RPM.
The driver can drive fasteners in forward and reverse directions, and it can also be turned as a manual driver in case you need a little hand power to finish a task.
I kept my B&D screwdriver, my sister gave hers to our father. I believe he’s used it a couple of times over the years, as I have. I definitely got my money’s worth out of this driver over the years, and I’m not just saying that because it was free. This was my only powered screwdriver for a couple of years, and it came in handy. Not for high strength applications, but ones where I prefered to not have to drive or remove many long fasteners.
The newest version of this driver retails for just under $13. There’s also a slightly more powerful pistol-grip version available for around $18.