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I would like a lightweight electric implement for undoing and doing up screws on sockets, switches etc. It's really just for when I am doing EICR's as you take off quite a few faceplates. There are so many options out there that i'm getting a bit snowed under trying to narrow down my search. It's really if any of you use something like this and are happy with it.

Ideally i'd like it to have a degree of speed control on it, although I guess if it is pretty slow anyway then maybe not. Anything from some kind of pencil screwdriver to one that looks like a drill, as long as it's light.

Cheers :)
 
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How much do you want to spend?
 

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How much do you want to spend?
I don't really mind Pete. I like to buy quality so it can be a bit pricey (let's say max £150), although if there's something cheaper that does the job then that's fine.
 

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I have one that I got in the states. Best way to describe it would be like a tiny wheel brace with a 4mm flat end and a handle that spins. Maybe some of our members from that side of the pond will know it’s correct name. What I do know is that it is a doddle for socket screws.
 

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I don't really mind Pete. I like to buy quality so it can be a bit pricey (let's say max £150), although if there's something cheaper that does the job then that's fine.
The WIHA one is nice but above the price range you quoted about 260 scrots
 

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Bosch go. Mine was £30. Brilliant
I looked closely at that one but was really put off by the fact that you have to push the screwdriver forwards to make it work, rather than a button.
 

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The WIHA one is nice but above the price range you quoted about 260 scrots
The wiha certainly does look good Pete. I know I said price doesn't really matter but that is perhaps a little too much :)
 

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go for the ryobi. £20. it's a no brainer. had mine 4 years. was £30 when i bought it.
 

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I'm really looking at the wiha. It does look really nice!
 

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Nope.. decided against the Wiha, it's just too expensive. It also may have a design flaw in the o ring that holds the bit in place, plus Wiha customer service sounds poor, so not worth the £200.
 

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I have had a Bosch ixo for years and find it quite versatile once you get used to knowing when to let go of the trigger, the one annoying thing is the bits don't lock in.
I bought a 20 quid MCallister one in b&q the other week that has lock in hex and some torque settings, and it's not bad for £20, a bit flimsy but other than that I can't grumble!
 

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The wiha certainly does look good Pete. I know I said price doesn't really matter but that is perhaps a little too much :)
Nice though is it not eh.
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The wiha certainly does look good Pete. I know I said price doesn't really matter but that is perhaps a little too much :)
Saw one Hilt I think, a tenner in the Orange Shed
 
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I have the wiha one nice bit of kit
How long have you had it? Any problems so far?
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Thanks as usual for the input guys.... however i have ignored you all and gone for something else! No offence:D.

I would have bought the Wiha speedE as even with that price tag it looks as though within a month or 2 it could have paid for itself. However, amazon has 3 reviews on it and 2 of them are very poor. I believe one of the reviews is by @NDG Elecs . I'd be interested to hear if you ever got your Wiha back NDG, and if so are you happy with it now, any more problems, do you use it lots?

I have gone for cheap and cheerful this time TACKLIFE Electric Screwdriver, 3.6V Screwdriver Drill Set 2000mAh Li-on 3 Flexible Positions and 6 Torque Setting with 31pcs Bonus Bits, Front and Rear Lam in a Storage Box -SDH13DC: Amazon.co.uk: DIY & Tools - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cordless-Screwdriver-Tacklife-Lithium-Ion-Positions/dp/B01N0ZGIG0
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How long have you had it? Any problems so far?
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Thanks as usual for the input guys.... however i have ignored you all and gone for something else! No offence:D.

I would have bought the Wiha speedE as even with that price tag it looks as though within a month or 2 it could have paid for itself. However, amazon has 3 reviews on it and 2 of them are very poor. I believe one of the reviews is by @NDG Elecs . I'd be interested to hear if you ever got your Wiha back NDG, and if so are you happy with it now, any more problems, do you use it lots?

I have gone for cheap and cheerful this time TACKLIFE Electric Screwdriver, 3.6V Screwdriver Drill Set 2000mAh Li-on 3 Flexible Positions and 6 Torque Setting with 31pcs Bonus Bits, Front and Rear Lam in a Storage Box -SDH13DC: Amazon.co.uk: DIY & Tools - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cordless-Screwdriver-Tacklife-Lithium-Ion-Positions/dp/B01N0ZGIG0
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I have it back now yes. Took around 6-8wks to do so though. I use it not daily but a few times a week.. Useful in tight spots. I rarely change the bit on it as by the time you have done I would have finished the job with another driver.
I wouldn't say it was any faster than if you were for instance putting a 3.5mm screw in with both hands (twisting handle with one hand and drivers shaft with the other) - you know the technique!! It is useful as I say in tight spots when it is hard to get your hand(s) in the right place..
TBH it is a bit of a lambo of a tool when a nice BMW would do instead!
I use it more when second fixing rewires.
 

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I have it back now yes. Took around 6-8wks to do so though. I use it not daily but a few times a week.. Useful in tight spots. I rarely change the bit on it as by the time you have done I would have finished the job with another driver.
I wouldn't say it was any faster than if you were for instance putting a 3.5mm screw in with both hands (twisting handle with one hand and drivers shaft with the other) - you know the technique!! It is useful as I say in tight spots when it is hard to get your hand(s) in the right place..
TBH it is a bit of a lambo of a tool when a nice BMW would do instead!
I use it more when second fixing rewires.
Thanks for that NDG, good analogy with the cars! :)
What I'll probably do is use the cheapy tacklife one i've bought and then over the next few weeks convince myself that I need the Wiha as well:D
I wonder why we love tools so much. I'm not fussed about clothes, cars, TV's, anything material really, but I do like buying tools. Perhaps books, I do like books as well.
 

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I use a Worx electric screw driver when I get bored with extra long faceplate screws. £30
Going to see what ELEX has to offer this Month may treat myself, shhhh do' t tell HIDs
 
I'm sure there was a thread on here recently which heartily endorsed the use of an impact driver for those delicate screws...NOT!

I really like this, though...
 

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I'm sure there was a thread on here recently which heartily endorsed the use of an impact driver for those delicate screws...NOT!

I really like this, though...
Looks NICE was it ? or what
 
Sorry, Pete999, I don't have one! i just like the concept of variable speed and gyroscopic control. Indeed, I couldn't find any for sale from the usual outlets last time i looked.
 

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gyroscopic?????, pirate you've not yet sussed out how to use your ship's compass. :p:p:p.
 

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Sorry, Pete999, I don't have one! i just like the concept of variable speed and gyroscopic control. Indeed, I couldn't find any for sale from the usual outlets last time i looked.
Take a trip to the big O shed or Lidl:innocent:
they sometimes some decent cheap stuff on offer
 

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i find the aldi tools are better than lidl's. my workzone sds 18v or 20v, can't rem.) will do most drilling for rawlplugs and at £50 it's not a suicide job if i drop it off a ladder.
 

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gyroscopic?????, pirate you've not yet sussed out how to use your ship's compass. :p:p:p.
He aint worked ot howto use a screwdriver yet Tel give the Lad a chance, rush rush all the time chill out Liverpool weren't built in a day, might look like it though sorry mate
 

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He aint workek out howto use a screwdriver yet Tel give the Lad a chance, rush rush all the time chill out Liverpool weren't built in a day, might look like it though sorry mate
it's easy enough. the pointy end goes in the screw
 

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talking about screwdriver ends. phillips, pozi, torx, i,ve been using the square head ( commonly called robertson) for some time. i'll be laffing from my grave when some of these young sprogs come across them in the future and can't get them out. :p:p:p.
 
Tel, for your information, my ship's autopilot works on a gyroscope! And the yardarm works on the principle that if it ain't sunny, then the sun must be over it, so drinks all round!
Also, I had a boat once where Robertson screws were used everywhere...it was built in teak, beautiful varnished teak...and I actually still have a couple of the screwdrivers!
One advantage is that with square-headed screws, it is easier to align them!
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Just to save you all any bother:
 

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i find the aldi tools are better than lidl's. my workzone sds 18v or 20v, can't rem.) will do most drilling for rawlplugs and at £50 it's not a suicide job if i drop it off a ladder.
I dropped the Wiha approx 4 inches onto soft carpet when it stopped working !!! o_O:eek::eek:
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Thanks for that NDG, good analogy with the cars! :)
What I'll probably do is use the cheapy tacklife one i've bought and then over the next few weeks convince myself that I need the Wiha as well:D
I wonder why we love tools so much. I'm not fussed about clothes, cars, TV's, anything material really, but I do like buying tools. Perhaps books, I do like books as well.
I guess it's the little things that make our job easier. Makes sense to invest sometimes. I'm liking the look of that £30 Bosch jobby I must say !!
 
me personally i love Milwaukee electric screwdriver; i have two with me so i can quickly adjust and i did not pay $160+ for each but only $45 for each on ebay. these are really good, very lightweight and have multiple speeds.
one i have is model 6546-1 which is older model, newer model 2102-20 is slightly heavier and slightly larger (looks same), but more powerful.
i am not into spending allot of money on expensive tools to show off but in this i looked around was patient and was able to get a good deal. i had probably half-of dozen of other screwdrivers (ryoby and bosch included) but all of them were either too bulky, too large or not maneuverable.

6546-1.jpg
 

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I’ve a Bosch IXO. Must be 10 years old now and perfect for the job. It’s not automatic with pressure, just a variable speed trigger. Lidl/Aldi do something similar.
 

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Just as long as all you Formula 1 tyre changers know,i'll be getting EICR money,for repairing all those sheared screws and stripped threads... ;)
 
How long have you had it? Any problems so far?
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Thanks as usual for the input guys.... however i have ignored you all and gone for something else! No offence:D.

I would have bought the Wiha speedE as even with that price tag it looks as though within a month or 2 it could have paid for itself. However, amazon has 3 reviews on it and 2 of them are very poor. I believe one of the reviews is by @NDG Elecs . I'd be interested to hear if you ever got your Wiha back NDG, and if so are you happy with it now, any more problems, do you use it lots?

I have gone for cheap and cheerful this time TACKLIFE Electric Screwdriver, 3.6V Screwdriver Drill Set 2000mAh Li-on 3 Flexible Positions and 6 Torque Setting with 31pcs Bonus Bits, Front and Rear Lam in a Storage Box -SDH13DC: Amazon.co.uk: DIY & Tools - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cordless-Screwdriver-Tacklife-Lithium-Ion-Positions/dp/B01N0ZGIG0
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Exactly the one I use mate, its a good little thing :)
 

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I'm sure there was a thread on here recently which heartily endorsed the use of an impact driver for those delicate screws...NOT!

I really like this, though...
I'm looking at this one now and liking it. Are there any that are made for the UK as they all seem to have 110v chargers?
 

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I'm sure there was a thread on here recently which heartily endorsed the use of an impact driver for those delicate screws...NOT!

I really like this, though...
I like it too. Indeed, I like it so much that I want one myself!

So I decided to do a bit of digging to find out more about the product. Here's what I found:

The product used in the video is the DCF682N1. This model appears to have been manufactured for the US market hence its scarcity this side of the pond. However, it's available on eBay and can be imported for a total outlay of around £74.00. If you prefer to buy from a UK-based seller, you'll need to shell-out just under £110.00. But that shouldn't be a problem considering the amount of treasure that you will have accumulated from your plundering expeditions.:)

The UK version of the tool is the DCF682G1. It can be purchased from eBay for £114.95.

Then there's the DCF680G2. Mister Worker have them in stock. £96.99 plus £4.60 postage.


I particularly like the feature that allows the screwdriver to morph into a drill! Neat!!
 
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I like it too. Indeed, I like it so much that I want one myself!

So I decided to do a bit of digging to find out more about the product. Here's what I found:

The product used in the video is the DCF682N1. This model appears to have been manufactured for the US market hence its scarcity this side of the pond. However, it's available on eBay and can be imported for a total outlay of around £74.00. If you prefer to buy from a UK-based seller, you'll need to shell-out just under £110.00. But that shouldn't be a problem considering the amount of treasure that you will have accumulated from your plundering expeditions.:)

The UK version of the tool is the DCF682G1. It can be purchased from eBay for £114.95.

Then there's the DCF680G2. Mister Worker have them in stock. £96.99 plus £4.60 postage.


I particularly like the feature that allows the screwdriver to morph into a drill! Neat!!
That's some good digging.

They all seem to have the same European charger though, i.e. 2 prongs rather than 3. I guess this Isn't a problem as you just use a UK plug converter but I am not sure having never used one.

Just as a bit extra.. the last 2 digits/letters of the model number relate to the number of batteries you get with it and if it is the 7.2v or 8v model.

n1 = 8v with 1 battery
g1 = 7.2v with 1 batteries
n2 = 8v with 2 batteries
g2 = 7.2v with 2 batteries.

The 680 looks slightly better than the 682 model having a brighter LED and being able to make it into a pistol grip, but they both look good.

My only question is, does dewalt do a UK charger that would charge the batteries that come with this item?
 
I have got a green 7.2 volt bosch superb had for over 8 years still going strong variable torque. also purchased the little blue bosch above good but you have to get used to the (push on screw activates the electric) still ok when you get used to it.
try cheapo ones first is best.
 
Just got myself one of these, got mine for £200 delivered!



Works really well for the purpose designed for. backbox screws and terminal screws are a revelation as the motor winds the screw in, they you just give it the final tug to your desired tightness. Removal the the same, give it a tug, then the motor takes over.

Not cheap the worth it :)
 

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Just got myself one of these, got mine for £200 delivered!



Works really well for the purpose designed for. backbox screws and terminal screws are a revelation as the motor winds the screw in, they you just give it the final tug to your desired tightness. Removal the the same, give it a tug, then the motor takes over.

Not cheap the worth it :)
that's some serious piece of kit.
PSSST. don't let pete999 see this. he's due to go to elex (closely followed by the divorce court if he buys one).:(:(:(
 

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this is the one i use, v happy with it
I have just bought this one. I obviously can't vouche for its longevity but It certainly does the job.

It has 2 buttons, one for clockwise one for anti clockwise. It has a light and it is more of a screwdriver size and shape compared to the others. It is simple which is perfect.

I really don't think the Wiha is worth the additional £200 compared to this one.
 

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