Electric screwdriver vs. drill

Updated February 21, 2017

Electric screwdrivers and drills essentially do the same job--driving screws into different materials. However, there are some fundamental differences a consumer must understand when determining whether an electric drill or screwdriver is the proper tool for a job. Electric drills are more versatile while electric screwdrivers are lightweight and inexpensive.


Electric screwdrivers are very light. They have small motors that don't take up much space. Drills are bigger machines with larger motors. They can feel heavy after using them for half an hour or longer.


Electric screwdrivers are small and fit into tight areas, such as inside storage cabinets. Drills are larger. This bulkiness makes them difficult to use in small areas.


Drills are powerful and can drive through even the toughest wood. Electric screwdrivers work better with lighter woods. You'll have a hard time using a screwdriver to drive a 3-inch screw through a piece of hardwood. Using a drill makes this task much easier.


Drills can use different add-ons, such as hole saw and right-angled attachments. Cordless screwdrivers take only normal bits and lack the ability and power to use attachments.


Drills can cost hundreds of dollars. Electric screwdrivers, however, cost between £13 and £32. Screwdrivers are for consumers who need a tool for minor projects, requiring only a few screws. A drill is a better tool for consumers who need a versatile tool that can be used every day.

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Steven Diggs, Jr. has been writing professionally since 2008. His work can be seen published all over the Web, including on the Appalachian Independent website. He holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and history from Frostburg State University.