You might have seen this before – it’s a General Tools cordless precision screwdriver. Or rather, I should say it’s a cordless powered screwdriver. Because aren’t all screwdrivers cordless?
This mini precision driver has a quick-change chuck that works with 1/8″ hex precision screwdriver bits, and it drives fasteners at “100+” RPM. You can change the motor direction with an easy-toggle sliding switch selector. The driver is powered by AAA batteries and lasts a little over 10 hours per set.
The screwdriver comes with Phillips #0, #1, slotted 1/16-inch, 1/8-inch, and Torx T5, T6 bits.
Price: $10 (on sale), $20 (regularly)
It looks like the normal price is $20, but Amazon and Lowes have it on sale for $10 for the holidays.
With this cordless powered precision screwdriver being priced at $10, is there any reason to buy manual precision screwdrivers? Well of course! As you can tell from my best precision screwdrivers roundup, I am very particular about precision drivers. I would still prefer manual drivers, as I am sure they allow for better feel and better control.
There’s probably little risk of stripping fastener heads with this tool. In using this tool, I would be more concerned over bit selection. For instance, McMaster Carr carries 55 different 4mm micro screwdriver bits, and exactly zero 1/8″ precision bits.
If I had to install or remove a couple of dozen small screws each day, my feelings about this powered driver might change. Then again, there are a number of reviews complaining about the screwdriver’s build quality and reliability. For everyday use, I would probably buy something like Wiha’s powered micro bit set instead ($98 via Amazon).
If you have used this General Tools screwdriver before, do you like it? Would you use something like this?