Do power tools and RC mix? If you’ve been keeping up with Dremel’s latest and greatest, the answer is a resounding yes. Their latest model electric screwdriver is just the tool that can help you disassemble your RC vehicle for your next kit build or repair job.
In the past, it’s been advised not to use powered screwdrivers on the delicate screws that you may find on radio-controlled vehicles. There’s good reason for this since most electric screwdrivers are geared more for home improvement and general repairs over hobby use. They’re too powerful and can easily strip any small screw. At best these types of drivers were used soley for screw removal, not installation. Dremel recognized this and came out with a hobby friendly driver that can be adjusted between six precise power settings.
The screwdriver is activated via a power button on its side or turned on by pressing its tip onto the screw that you’re driving. A slider switch allows you to select between drive, reverse and manual modes. Once activated, you do not need to fear stripping screws. The driver features
“Smart-Stop Technology” that prevents screw heads from becoming damaged by automatically stopping when tool is misaligned. When set to its lowest torque setting, the driver automatically stops from over driving small screws as well.
The rechargeable screwdriver features a 1/4-inch hex chuck that can take common bits. It even comes with a set of seven useful bits and a bit extender. Its lithium-ion battery charges in only two hours with its included USB charger and charging cable. So back to the question at hand, do power tools and RC mix? With this screwdriver, we were able to disassemble and reassemble RC vehicles without issue. We still urge caution using it, but we do like that Dremel is listening to the needs of RC enthusiasts.