I spend a lot of time wrenching. There are kits to assemble, project vehicles to build and a lot of maintenance that needs to be done in order to make the magazine and what we do online happen every day. Back in the early days of being in the hobby I tried a few different cordless electric screwdrivers and quickly gave up on them. Every time I went to use them the battery was dead and it would take longer to charge thank it would to do what I had to do on my car. So during many of my years at the magazine I spent a lot of time with a wrench in my hand. A few years ago I was given a Makita Drill/Driver to review and my wrenching life has never been the same. Every time I go to use this tool it’s always ready to go and when the battery finally dies I have a second battery to throw in. I can honestly say that in the few years that I have had this screwdriver I have only had it on the charger a few times. I have used this screwdriver to build everything from a basic Tamiya kit to a Losi 5IVE-T. Some features of this drill/driver are an adjustable clutch, 1/4-inch drive, two-speeds and a 7.2v Li-Ion battery. The good thing is that there are plenty of 1/4-inch drive accessories that are perfect for working on RC cars. Team Associated has several 1/4-inch drive tools to choose from and that I what I use in my screwdriver. I still keep hand tools by my side for those hard to reach areas but I only use them about a third of the time now. There are a few power screwdrivers out there to choose from and they aren’t cheap but it is totally worth the money if you are a hard core RC guy like me.
Here’s my Makita driver/drill. This tool is always ready to go and I use it every day. The clutch setup on it is pretty awesome. I use the number 1 and 2 setting for most stuff and unlike other power screwdrivers this one completely stops when the screw bottoms out. Others keep going and click until you let off the power.
These are just a few of the 1/4-inch drive tools from Team Associated that I use for building. The screwdriver and 5.5 nut driver tools are new and I am looking forward to trying them out on my Tamiya Freightliner build.