Types of screwdrivers & their uses

Written by rebecca tait
  • Share
  • Tweet
  • Share
  • Pin
  • Email
Types of screwdrivers & their uses
There are many types of screwdrivers (Martin Poole/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

There are many types of screwdrivers. Choosing the right one leads to the successful completion of projects and eliminates problems such as stripped screws. Most types of screwdrivers are designed for use with specific screws that match the shape of the screwdriver's tip. Other screwdrivers are designed for use in small spaces or for precision work.

Other People Are Reading


Screwdrivers are identified by the shape of their tip. Each of the following types of screwdrivers are used for tightening and loosening screws that match their tip: Phillips, Flat Head, Cabinet, Robertson, Star, Hex, Clutch Head and Nut Driver.

Interchangeable bits

The Yankee Screwdriver and the Ratcheting Screwdriver both have interchangeable bits of different shapes and sizes. These screwdrivers increase the speed of driving screws, and the tools' ability to rotate makes it easier to tighten and loosen screws.

Jeweller Screwdriver

A Jeweller's Screwdriver is tiny and designed for precision work, such as fixing glasses. It comes in sizes ranging from 0.5 mm (0.025 inches) and 2.5 mm (0.10 inches).


This type of screwdriver is designed for use in small spaces. It is shaped like a letter "z" and has a variety of different tips.


An Awl has a pointed tip and is used for poking small holes or scraping surfaces. It is often used by shoemakers to punch holes in leather.

Tack Claw

A Tack Claw is a type of screwdriver that has two curved tips in the shape of a claw. It is used for removing small nails or tacks.

Don't Miss

  • All types
  • Articles
  • Slideshows
  • Videos
  • Most relevant
  • Most popular
  • Most recent

No articles available

No slideshows available

No videos available

By using the eHow.co.uk site, you consent to the use of cookies. For more information, please see our Cookie policy.