Screwing is Easy with my Black and Decker Pivot
My Pivot Cordless Screwdriver is like a trusted old employee that's been working with me for 7 years of work in my art studio. It makes driving screws, and drilling pilot holes, a breeze. I replaced my stick model electric screwdriver with the Pivot and never glanced back.
It's easier on my arthritic joints to grasp the Pivot. But the main thing I noticed first is how easy it is to maintain the grasp in my hand. It doesn't slip and there's no need to get my wrists into uncomfortable positions for some of my projects, like often happened with the stick model.
It works in either hand because of the silicone grip pads on all sides of the grip. I like the textured thumb pads that help stabilize my hold on the driver, because at times my arm is not perpendicular to the screwhead without twisting a bit. Having that comfortable and slip-proof feature assures that the Pivot remains in my hand doing its job.
The quick release collar is a big plus for inserting and removing bits. You're definitely not screwing around with a drill key that can get lost, and requires careful adjustments. Just pull back on the collar and insert or remove a bit, let go - and it is securely mounted. This feature alone saves a good 50% of my time in assembly.
It comes with a drill bit that rides in one of the bit-grips on either side of the nose, so I can keep my bit handy when my project entails first drilling pilot holes. I'll insert the drill bit and do the whole series of holes prior to switching to a screwdriver bit and finishing the job. It's easy even with an arthritic grip.
I normally use it in the fully pivoted position. I like this because I can stabilize the driver (I have a tremor) with my left hand on top. It's another feature that helps prevent irritation to carpal tunnel - an additional bonus. For dark tight places there's an LED light directed right where its needed.
The 6Volt battery means my Pivot is ready to go with just a monthly (sometimes 90 day) charging schedule. When I'm heavy into use during l larger picture framing assembly session I'll just keep the charger plugged in on my workbench, but mostly it's ready for use in my tool drawer, and sometimes hangs around the pantry or the kitchen for a few days at a time.
I like the torque guide on the ring above the collar that shows screw sizes and a drill icon, as an aid in selecting the right force setting. My index finger rests over the forward on-button, while my middle finger sits over the reverse button, making it a simply matter of switching pressure from one finger to the other, to go from screwing or drilling to removal.
For the price and all the features that suit this artist's life, the Black & Decker PD600 Pivot Plus 6-Volt Nicad Cordless Screwdriver is one big bargain that's used nearly everyday.
The Photo of the Tool Drawer, below, is my photograph of my workbench drawer.
This is one of the drill bit kits I have. I like the extension feature too, for times when I'm reaching far back into a closet or down under a piece of furniture.
The magnetic feature means I've always got a grip on my bits. It's like having a bunch of party favors and getting to play with all of them at one time. I like this set.
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