TYPES AND USES
Screwdrivers are available in many different shapes,
sizes, and materials. Screwdrivers are used for driving
or removing screws or bolts with slotted, recessed, or
Some common screwdrivers have a screw-holding
feature. These are used for working in close quarters,
overhead, and hard to reach places. The two most
common types are the clip (1) and sliding collar (2). After
the screw has been firmly started, switch to a conven-
tional screwdriver to complete the job.
Do not use sliding-cover, split-type
screwdrivers for final tightening of screws.
Close quarter or stubby common screwdrivers are used
for working in close quarters where conventional screw-
drivers will not fit.
The common screwdriver has a round steel blade with a
wood or plastic handle, usually fluted for a good grip.
Integral blade screwdrivers are used for heavy-duty
Common cabinet screwdrivers have a thin, round blade
and are used to reach and drive or remove screws in
deep, counterbored holes.
Other common heavy-duty screwdrivers have square
blades so a wrench can be used to turn them.