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As fixtures and fittings have evolved far beyond the basic flat and cross head screws, the screwdriver has evolved as well. There are adaptations of the screwdriver for hard to access areas, and ratchet versions for increased speed. Also, to save on cost and space, manufacturers have developed "all in one", or multi-headed screwdrivers that can use small bits to cover all the different sizes and systems.

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Bahco ERGO 13 pcs Screwdriver Set

£58.56 £132.17

Bahco ERGO 14 Piece Insulated Screwdriver Set

£85.70 £165.91

Bahco ERGO 15 Piece Screwdriver Set

£60.72 £154.66

Bahco ERGO 6 Pieces Screwdriver Set

£39.95 £64.64

Bahco ERGO 6 Pcs Stainless Steel Screwdriver Set

£39.95 £67.46

Bahco BahcoFit 5 pcs Insulated Screwdriver Set

£21.60 £39.23

Bahco 1000V 6 Piece Ratcheting Screwdriver With Interchangeable Blades

£69.95 £122.39

Draper 82399 Security Screwdriver Bit and Driver Set (45 piece)

£8.95 £25.15

Teng TT917N 7 Piece Screwdriver Set

£24.95 £53.88

Bosch 2 607 019 510 10-piece Pocket screwdriver bit set

£8.34 £18.00

Bosch 46 piece screwdriver set

£14.95 £18.55

Draper 43916 Chubby Ratchet Screwdriver and Bit Set (11 Piece)

£9.95 £14.90

Hitachi 402521 Soft Grip Ratchet Screwdriver with 10x Quality Bits

£9.99 £15.99

Draper 69211 Expert 2.5mm x 75 mm Fully Insulated Plain Slot Screwdriver

£2.20 £5.74

Draper 56784 31 Piece Socket and Bit Set with Flexible Shaft Driver

£10.39 £26.57

Draper 40003 Expert 20 Piece General Purpose Screwdriver Set

£34.96 £92.66

Rolson 30pc Screwdriver Set


Rolson 21pc Stubby Ratchet Screwdriver


Wera Kraftform Kompakt RA Pistol Grip Ratchet Screwdriver

£39.95 £67.76

Wera Kraftform Kompakt Zyklop 8 Piece Metal / Speed Set - 1/4 Inch Drive

£79.96 £140.20

Draper 46541 Set Of 12 Insulated Screwdrivers

£22.96 £61.18

Draper 81762 Expert Ergo Plus 19 Piece Interchangeable VDE Torque Screwdriver Set

£105.00 £167.98

Draper 64694 7PC Ergo Plus VDE Screw Driver Set

£19.96 £52.78

Bahco Ergo BE-8820 Pozidriv® Screwdriver PZ2 100mm

£2.95 £11.77

Draper 24639 Expert 3mm x 100mm Fully Insulated Plain Slot Screwdriver. (Display Packed)

£3.95 £4.51

Draper 64696 Expert Ergo Plus 4 Piece VDE Screwdriver Set

£12.95 £28.79

Draper 40005 980/6 Expert 6 Piece 'Pound Thru' Screwdriver Set

£29.99 £45.36

Draper 48933 8 Piece Soft Grip Screwdriver Set

£20.22 £22.00

Teng 7 Piece 1000V Insulated Screwdriver Set

£25.96 £43.08

Teng TTD914N 14 Piece Screwdriver Set Tool control system

£44.95 £86.28

Ox P360207 Pro 7 Piece Screwdriver Set In Case

£24.60 £39.12

Draper 05776 Expert 18 Piece VDE Approved Fully Insulated Interchangeable Blade Screwdriver Set

£29.95 £85.08

Draper 05721 Expert 10 Piece VDE Approved Fully Insulated Interchangeable Blade Screwdriver Set

£37.18 £50.38

Draper 65372 Expert Ergo Plus® 9 Piece Interchangeable VDE Torque Screwdriver Set

£62.00 £119.98

Draper 75170 Expert Torque Screwdriver Kit (1-5NM)

£46.50 £95.98

Draper 56772 Expert 8 Piece Engineers or Mechanics Screwdriver Set

£22.50 £25.99

Rolson 12 in 1 Ratchet Screwdriver & Bit Set


Draper 43371 Expert 16 Piece Engineers Screwdriver Set

£31.95 £82.20

Rolson 9 in 1 Precision Screwdriver

£2.26 £2.60

Wera Wera Kraftform 367 TX Torx Screwdriver TX5

£4.00 £5.00

Wera Wera Kraftform 367 TX Torx Screwdriver TX8


Wera Wera Kraftform 367 TX Torx Screwdriver TX27


Draper 44 piece Screwdriver and Hex Ket Set

£21.98 £29.95

Wera 135909 Kraftform Kompakt Christmas Screwdriver & Bit Set With Bottle Opener

£27.98 £39.95

Silverline Jewellers Screwdriver Set 11pce


Ox Pro Multibit Ratchet Screwdriver

£13.93 £19.55

Silverline 8-in-1 Precision Screwdriver Set


Wera 334/350/355/7 Red Bull Racing screwdriver set

£29.94 £44.32

Basic screwdrivers

The first screwdrivers had a long metal shaft and flat head fitted to a wooden handle. This basic tool came in a range of sizes to suit the screws of the day. To overcome the problem of damaged screw heads the cross head screw was developed , and then evolved into a deeper version requiring a new type of screwdriver. The Phillips type screw then evolved into a more advanced type known as the Pozidriv system. Pozidriv is similar to Phillips but does not come out as easily so is better for power tools. Sadly Phillips and Posidriv are not totally compatible and using the wrong driver can damage the screw and make it very difficult to remove.

For screws that can take a lot of torque or will be removed frequently, the Hex screw drive is another system and commonly known as Allen drive. The 6 sided hexagon heads are used more on machinery and in engineering than Philips or Pozidriv screws which are more useful in woodwork and building.

If this was not complicated enough yet another type of screw fixing system has become popular and also uses a 6 sided design, this time a star. The Torx fitting was developed to reduce tampering by users of equipment and is frequently found in electronics and in domestic goods.

So to fully equip a workshop will require four or five sets of screwdrivers. As well as the type of screwdriver it is also useful to have shorter shafted screwdrivers known as stubbys.

Stanley are the most well known maker of screwdrivers and developed the excellent pump action screwdriver that was very popular before the invention of the cordless drill driver.


Multi headed, "all in one" screwdrivers

With so many systems of screw fitting it would seem that having one driver handle and shaft that can use a multitude of small heads from all the systems is a great idea.

Whilst they sound like a good idea they do have drawbacks. Most all in one screwdrivers use standard bits but to enable them to be held on the tool the shaft has to be thicker than that of a standard screwdriver. This can be a problem when working with restricted access.


Ratchet screwdrivers

To speed up screwing action a ratchet mechanism can be used and is available on conventional and multi headed screw drivers. Ratchet screwdrivers more susceptible to failure so the cheaper versions may not be suitable for use where high torque is required.


Knock through screwdrivers

It is common for screws of all types to corrode and refuse to move. A solution to this is to tap the handle of the screwdriver to nudge the screw loose. Most screwdrivers are not designed to be hit with a hammers so may break during this process. A knock through or strengthened screwdriver has metal caps and hardened tips to cope with this problem

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