How Do I Choose the Best Long Screwdriver?

K. K. Lowen

There are a variety of factors to consider before purchasing a long screwdriver. A primary consideration is how long you require the screwdriver to be because long screwdrivers are available in a variety of lengths and sizes. Thinking about the projects for which you intend to use the tool may help you determine the appropriate length and size. Many people choose to purchase long screwdriver sets to increase the likelihood of having the correct size for any type of project.

Screwdrivers should fit snugly into the screw, without wiggle room or slippage while turned.
Screwdrivers should fit snugly into the screw, without wiggle room or slippage while turned.

The length of a long screwdriver can be very important. Manufacturers produce many long screwdrivers in standard lengths, and these may suit your needs. Some people, however, may require a screwdriver that is longer than the industry standard. Normal stores may carry exceptionally long tools, but you may have to visit a specialty vendor or conduct an online search to find an extra-long screwdriver that meets your requirements.

Screwdrivers are available in a variety of sizes, from very thin to extremely wide in diameter. Depending on the type of screws used, different sizes of screwdriver may be needed to complete a project. A narrow screwdriver may not be wide enough for use on large screws, and a wide screwdriver may be too large to be of use on small screws or in narrow areas. Before purchasing a long screwdriver, it may be a good idea to identify how big the screws are and how wide the screwdriver can be without interfering with the success of your project.

The material used to manufacture a long screwdriver can be an important factor. If you engage in heavy-duty projects, you may want to use long screwdrivers made from steel. For those working on gentler projects, any material may be suitable. Many people desire a chrome finish on their tool to prevent rusting and increase the service life of the object.

You also may want to think about extra features that could be beneficial. One of the most common screwdriver features is a magnetic tip. The use of magnets can be especially helpful on a long screwdriver because it is often necessary to use the tool in awkward or hard to reach places. A magnetic tip may prevent you from losing screws.

Purchasing a long screwdriver set can often be advantageous. One reason for this is that there are different types of screwdriver heads, and most common are flathead and Phillips. Obtaining a set of long screwdrivers also can be helpful if you do not know exactly what length or size you will need. Additionally, you would have the tools for future projects that could require tools ranging in lengths and sizes.

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