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#1 posted 04-23-2014 11:14 AM

MrRon: ”...There are some hand tools that I would consider totally obsolete in that I would never use it because there are better ways available today. One tool that immediately comes to mind is the “Yankee spiral screwdriver”. ...”

Too bad for you IMO. I find my Yankee screwdrivers continue to get very high usage in my shop. Power drivers have a much greater propensity to strip either the screw hole or the head of the screw. Sure, some power drivers have an adjustable clutch, IF you know exactly where to set it for the particular wood/application/screw every time. And that even applies on the very same project when wood density changes.

What I truly like about the Yankee is that you have immediate tactile feedback to help you to NOT over-tighten and/or strip your project or screw.

And one last important point is that it is very important to have quality bits for your Yankee (see Lee Valley). If you are still using the ~+50yr old OEM bit, then no wonder that one would have issues using the tool. Same goes for quality power driver bits.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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