Introduction To DeWalt Motion Activated Screwdrivers
What is a Motion Activated Screwdriver?
A motion activated, or gyro, screwdriver is a relatively new battery-powered tool that is designed to react to the movement of your wrist and allow you to use it intuitively, becoming in effect an extension of your body.
The tool works by using gyroscopic technology to sense your hand motion, giving precise control over speed and direction.
What is a Motion Activated Screwdriver used for?
This type of driver is ideal for speeding up light-duty tasks that would normally be carried out with a manual screwdriver. The tool is aimed chiefly at professionals who undertake repetitive work at close quarters, although home owners will also find it useful for DIY. Typical users include:
Computer and Telephone Engineers
Heating and Air Conditioning Engineers
What to look for in a Motion Activated Screwdriver?
Consider the following features when buying a gyroscopic screwdriver:
Small and lightweight design
Fast bit change
LED work lights
Battery fuel gauge
To set the screwdriver going, you have to activate the gyroscopic sensors inside the tool by pressing the trigger. The sensors will then track your wrist movements to determine the speed and direction of drive – right to insert screws, left to remove them.
The faster you turn your hand, the faster the screwdriver will rotate. To slow it down, simply twist your hand in the other direction. The sensors are extremely sensitive; only slight movements are needed to produce change, resulting in a high level of precision and control.
Being able to change the way you hold your screwdriver can be very useful. The DeWalt motion activated driver has a versatile design that lets you hold it either in a pistol grip or an in-line position.
Changing grip will help prevent fatigue and wrist strain when working on repetitive tasks, and can sometimes enable you to get into awkward spaces by changing the angle of approach. You only need to press a button on the side of the tool and swivel the handle round to alter the setting.
Small and Lightweight Design
Measuring only 16.5cm high and 13.5cm long (in the pistol grip position), the screwdriver is compact enough to use in many tight spaces where a full size tool wouldn’t be practical.
The driver is designed to run all day, but as it weighs only half a kilo even with the battery fitted, it won’t tire out your arm in a hurry. Moreover, the handle features a rubber contoured grip for extra comfort.
More control gives better results. The DeWalt motion activated screwdriver includes a 16-position torque adjustment collar, which enables you to alter the amount of torque (turning force) being delivered.
This lets you fine-tune the setting and drive screws to the right depth every time, giving consistent results and avoiding over-tightening.
Lock-On and Off Switch
Located just beneath the trigger, the lock-off switch will prevent the screwdriver from being accidentally switched on when you’re changing bits or transporting it in a tool bag.
It will also allow you to use the tool as a manual driver for precise final tightening if required.
Fast Bit Change
With single-handed keyless chuck loading, you can change bits quickly and easily by simply pushing in the bit without even having to rotate the chuck sleeve.
The bit-holder accepts ¼ inch (6.35mm) bits, which are an ideal length for reaching into small spaces.
Two bright LED lights situated on either side of the chuck provide excellent illumination – ideal for using under kitchen worktops, in attics, cupboards or any other poorly lit areas.
A delay mechanism ensures that the lights will remain on for around 20 seconds after you have released the trigger switch, so you won’t be suddenly plunged into darkness.
Battery Fuel Gauge
To give you peace of mind, there is a gauge on top of the tool showing how much life is left in the battery.
The DeWalt DCF680 driver comes with a lightweight 1Ah Lithium-Ion battery, and should be able to drive around 120-130 drywall screws from a single charge. The battery takes an hour to recharge.