We can do it: a woman's guide to using ratchet screwdrivers Women have the right to do simple DIY and we don't need any mansplaining. In this part of the series, learn everything there is to know about the ratchet screwdriver!

As an empowered women's business owner, it is important to have the right tools on hand to complete any task efficiently and effectively. One of these tools that every business should have in its toolkit is the humble ratchet screwdriver set.

It's not as scary as it sounds! A ratchet screwdriver is actually a friendly, versatile tool that allows you to easily and quickly tighten or loosen screws in tight or hard-to-reach spaces. Here is everything you need to know about using these magic devices.

The different types of ratchet screwdrivers

A typical ratchet screwdriver set comes with many "scary" bits. There is no reason to be afraid.

Before delving into the specifics of using a ratchet screwdriver, it's important to understand the available types. Ratchet screwdrivers come in two main types: manual and power-assisted. However, you may also come across multi-bit ratchet screwdrivers.

  • Manual/handheld ratchet screwdrivers are the most common type, relying on the user to provide the turning force. They are typically less expensive than power-assisted screwdrivers and are suitable for small to medium-sized screws. They consist of a handle with a removable bit that can be changed to fit different screws.
  • Power-assisted ratchet screwdrivers use a motor to provide the turning force. These screwdrivers are more expensive and are typically reserved for heavy-duty tasks or for professionals who use them frequently.
  • Multi-bit ratchet screwdrivers are handheld screwdrivers with multiple bits that can be stored in the handle for easy access. This is a convenient option for businesses that need to work with different screw types and sizes.

How to use a manual ratchet screwdriver

Using a manual ratchet screwdriver is relatively simple. Here's a step-by-step guide:

  • Step 1: Select the appropriate bit for the screw you are working on. Ratchet screwdrivers come with a variety of bits that are designed to fit different types of screws.
  • Step 2: Position the screwdriver bit on the screw. The bit should fit snugly into the screw head with no play.
  • Step 3: Turn the screwdriver handle clockwise to tighten the screw or counterclockwise to loosen it. The ratcheting mechanism will engage as you turn the handle, allowing you to turn the screw with minimal effort.
  • Step 4: When the screw is tightened or loosened to the desired level, stop turning the handle and remove the screwdriver bit from the screw.

How to use a power-assisted ratchet screwdriver

Power-assisted ratchet screwdrivers are similar to manual ones, but they have the added benefit of a motor to provide extra turning force. Here's how to use one:

  • Step 1: Select the appropriate bit for the screw you are working on. Power-assisted screwdrivers typically come with a variety of bits that are designed to fit different types of screws.
  • Step 2: Position the screwdriver bit on the screw. The bit should fit snugly into the screw head with no play.
  • Step 3: Turn on the screwdriver by pressing the power button.
  • Step 4: Turn the screwdriver handle clockwise to tighten the screw or counterclockwise to loosen it. The motor will provide additional turning force, making it easier to turn the screw.
  • Step 5: When the screw is tightened or loosened to the desired level, stop turning the handle and turn off the screwdriver by pressing the power button again. Remove the screwdriver bit from the screw.

Benefits of investing in a ratchet screwdriver set

Ratchet screwdriver sets typically include a variety of screwdriver bits, allowing you to tackle a wide range of screws without having to purchase separate bits.

Screwdriver sets also often come with a storage case or organiser, which makes it easy to keep your screwdriver bits organised and easy to access. This can save you time and frustration when you are in the middle of a project and need to switch out bits.

Another benefit of a ratchet screwdriver set is the cost savings. Purchasing a set of screwdriver bits individually can be more expensive than buying them as part of a set.

A ratchet screwdriver is a valuable tool that can save you time and effort when tightening or loosening screws. Whether you choose a manual or power-assisted screwdriver, the basic steps for use are pretty much similar.

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