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SKIL 4V Rechargeable Cordless Circuit Sensor Screwdriver EXPIRED

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Lowe's has SKIL 4-Volt 1/4" Cordless Screwdriver (SD561201) on sale for $17.98. Choose free store pickup where stock permits.
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Features:
  • Patented technology safely detects electrical current in outlets, switches, and fixtures up to 1-inch away
  • Change to forward or reverse with a turn of the collar
  • A rechargeable lithium ion battery keeps this tool charged over an extended period of time
  • Power up your cordless screwdriver anywhere with the micro USB charging cable
  • The LED work light makes it easy to see when working in dimly lit areas
  • Includes:
    • 4-volt screwdriver
    • USB cable
    • 8x 1" bits
    • 1x 3/32" drill bit
    • 1x 3" magnetic bit holder

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Lowe's has SKIL 4-Volt USB rechargeable 1/4-in Cordless Screwdriver with electrical detection for $17.98. Shipping to store is free.

Packaging includes:
  • 4-volt screwdriver,
  • USB cable, (8) 1-in bits,
  • (1) 3/32-in drill bit,
  • and (1) 3-in magnetic bit holder
  • Patented technology safely detects electrical current in outlets, switches, and fixtures up to 1-inch away
  • Change to forward or reverse with a turn of the collar
  • A rechargeable lithium ion battery keeps this tool charged over an extended period of time
  • Power up your cordless screwdriver anywhere with the micro USB charging cable
  • The LED work light makes it easy to see when working in dimly lit areas

https://www.lowes.com/pd/SKIL-4-V...river_FW13
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This thing is fantastic. I've had this one for a few years and love it. It makes long screws so much easier since you don't have to keep twisting the screwdriver over and over; sure, it's not like that's difficult to do manually, but it's definitely annoying.

I think my favorite thing about this is that it doesn't have a ridiculous amount of torque so you're not going to over-tighten screws or strip them. And it's not too little torque, either, it's just right; the screws are snug and secure. If you do need a lot of torque for something it works perfectly as a manual screwdriver; just don't engage the electric motor and it's a normal screwdriver.

The LED, which turns on automatically when you use the screwdriver, is really handy. It could definitely be improved but 9 times out of 10 it's enough, and it's usually nice to have it integrated into the screwdriver since it's always pointed at what you're trying to screw in (unless you use some sort of angled adapter, obviously).

It can do light duty as a drill, thought TBH I very rarely use it that way.

If you're doing any electrical work, the integrated non-contact voltage tester is extremely handy.

The charge lasts a long time, and it takes a USB Micro B (old Android style) cable so you can charge it conveniently anywhere.

Unlike a lot of other electric screwdrivers I've used, there is a locking mechanism for bit retention so your bits aren't constantly falling out.

One thing I would suggest to anyone buying this thing is a double-ended bit which works with the bit retention mechanism on this. The only one I'm aware of is Irwin part number 1899978 (most of the others are intended for screwdrivers with magnetic retention mechanisms and won't lock into tools like this or impact drivers). A two pack is under $10 on Amazon which, yes, is expensive for bits, but they last forever it's really convenient if you regularly have to work with slotted screws in addition to philips.

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Good deal, thanks OP!
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Grabbed one to throw in my work bag. Great for server/rack maintenance.
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How long does this thing hold a charge?
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Thanks! Got it, pending in store pick up.
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How long does this thing hold a charge?
Really depends on how long you use it..... Decent amount of time. Without use, they last months.
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How long does this thing hold a charge?
Of course it'll depend on what you're using it for, but I've never felt it needed to be charged too frequently. I'd say it's just about right for the size and weight. I have a few of the previous Hammerhead labeled ones and the Skil (the parent company of which bought out Hammerhead).

I keep one in my electrical tools bag for changing outlets, etc (has a non-contact voltage sensor), one in my lutherie / amp repair tool cabinet, and one in the shop with a 6mm/ 1/4" bit on it for raising and lowering the router in my router table (Jess-Em lift).
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That's pretty neat. You always want one of these when you don't have it.
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Recommended for assembling furniture?
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This thing is fantastic. I've had this one for a few years and love it. It makes long screws so much easier since you don't have to keep twisting the screwdriver over and over; sure, it's not like that's difficult to do manually, but it's definitely annoying.

I think my favorite thing about this is that it doesn't have a ridiculous amount of torque so you're not going to over-tighten screws or strip them. And it's not too little torque, either, it's just right; the screws are snug and secure. If you do need a lot of torque for something it works perfectly as a manual screwdriver; just don't engage the electric motor and it's a normal screwdriver.

The LED, which turns on automatically when you use the screwdriver, is really handy. It could definitely be improved but 9 times out of 10 it's enough, and it's usually nice to have it integrated into the screwdriver since it's always pointed at what you're trying to screw in (unless you use some sort of angled adapter, obviously).

It can do light duty as a drill, thought TBH I very rarely use it that way.

If you're doing any electrical work, the integrated non-contact voltage tester is extremely handy.

The charge lasts a long time, and it takes a USB Micro B (old Android style) cable so you can charge it conveniently anywhere.

Unlike a lot of other electric screwdrivers I've used, there is a locking mechanism for bit retention so your bits aren't constantly falling out.

One thing I would suggest to anyone buying this thing is a double-ended bit which works with the bit retention mechanism on this. The only one I'm aware of is Irwin part number 1899978 (most of the others are intended for screwdrivers with magnetic retention mechanisms and won't lock into tools like this or impact drivers). A two pack is under $10 on Amazon which, yes, is expensive for bits, but they last forever it's really convenient if you regularly have to work with slotted screws in addition to philips.
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Recommended for assembling furniture?
Absolutely. I recently moved and did a lot of this (plus disassembling furniture), and this thing did great.
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Thanks OP. $17 after military discount and tax.
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Quote from jdoubleh :
Of course it'll depend on what you're using it for, but I've never felt it needed to be charged too frequently. I'd say it's just about right for the size and weight. I have a few of the previous Hammerhead labeled ones and the Skil (the parent company of which bought out Hammerhead).

I keep one in my electrical tools bag for changing outlets, etc (has a non-contact voltage sensor), one in my lutherie / amp repair tool cabinet, and one in the shop with a 6mm/ 1/4" bit on it for raising and lowering the router in my router table (Jess-Em lift).
I'm guessing you got in on the past deal like I did. https://slickdeals.net/e/12012163-hammerhead-4v-lithium-rechargeable-screwdriver-with-patented-circuit-sensor-technology-and-9-piece-bit-kit-w-power-adapter-3-74-ymmv?src=SiteSearchV2Algo1 A lot of people got screwdrivers for Christmas that year. :-)

I've been actively using mine since September of 2018 and none of them have failed me since I use them within reason by understanding their limitations. They are great for IKEA and similar style furniture as well as opening up battery compartment on kids toys. The project farm guy tested the Skil branded one and posted it a week ago, it's a good watch.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ealubZGT8ec
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I bought another electric screwdriver recently (Nocry on Amazon) and was disappointed to find it has a proprietary charger. That thing is going to get lost within the year, and the whole thing will be useless.

At least this has a standard charger. I might need one.
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