Can A Hammer Drill Be Used As a Screwdriver?

Hammer drills are considered a power tool used mainly for drilling tasks in dense materials. They perform best, particularly in driving holes into these hard materials before driving a screw. The hammering motion of these tools enhances their usability in drilling holes. Sometimes you may try to drive screws using a hammer drill. So let’s take a look Can we use a hammer drill as a screwdriver?

Normally, a regular hammer drill can be used as a screwdriver after switching off the hammering action and using circular sectional driver bits. This is a better solution for small and medium size screws. But it is not a highly recommended way because the chuck and driver bit can be slipped easily due to high torque.

However, you can not use them to drive screws in every situation. Keep on reading to understand some of the fundamental facts you should know about using hammer drills as a screwdriver

How Does A Screwdriver Work?

An electric screwdriver is a compact electric tool that enables users to screw and unscrew easily. The handle and the shaft of the driver enable it to be placed and aided and apply torque when it is rotating.  Further, a screw head with a contour applicable for screwdriver tips provides adequate torque to the screwdriver making the screw rotate with the force of one hand.

The power is connected to the battery voltage in cordless screwdrivers. The voltage of a screwdriver ranges from 3.6 V to 18V. Mainly, electric screwdriver batteries are available for less than 1.5Ah, between 1.5 and 2Ah, and over 2Ah. This makes it quite less effective than a hammer drill.

Even though screwdrivers have sufficient power to drive a screw-on soft material,  they do not perform well on dense materials such as concrete and hardwood. 

Screwdrivers can drive faster through predrilled holes. If your task demands you to work all day, you may need a corded screwdriver. For tasks that require  2 – 3 working hours a day, cordless screwdrivers will be an ideal choice.  

How to Use Screw Bits on Hammer Drill?

You have to use screwdriver bits in the drill when transforming a cordless drill into a screwdriver. Screwdriver bits are available with Nut driver-shaped heads, Flat blade heads and Phillips heads.

It is important to match these bits with the screw type and the size. If you choose a bit that does not fit your screw, it might slip, damaging the material.

  • Before using screw bits on a hammer drill, first, you had better read and choose the right drill bit guide.. We can see regular hammer drill, SDS, SDS plus, and SDS max hammer drill. There is a different hammering action SDS drill Vs Hammer drills. Regular drills have lower power hammer action and SDS max has maximum.
  • When we use a screwdriver in a hammer drill, we should turn off the hammering action. If not, it will automatically activate and damage the tool as well as the user. I do not recommend any serious SDS hammer drill for this. Because they required specially designed bits with rails. So, circular bits are not able to fit inside.
  • Then you need to use circular cross-sectional driver bits as the screw-driving bits. Regular driving bits are not able to use in hammer drills because of their hex shape.
  • But it is not highly recommended for such usage. Because driving screws need higher torque. Normally, hammer drills are not designed for higher torque. There is a higher RPM. When driving higher size diameter screw will gain more trouble such as slipping, chipping, etc.
  • For the drills with chuck keys, use the key to fasten the bit into place to avoid slipping bits when driving the screws. Make sure that you have tightened the bit properly.
screwdriver bits for hammer drill
Circular Sectioned Screw Driver Bits

So let’s see in depth, all in detail, about can a hammer drill be used as a screwdriver. Below is the completely explained guide, and I hope that will really help you. So please keep reading on.

Is It Worth Using A Hammer Drill as a Screwdriver?

Hammer Drill As A Screwdriver
Hammer Drill As A Screwdriver

You can drive in screws with the drive function of hammer drills. The hammering motion makes hammer drills ideal for drilling holes, particularly into tough materials. Still, the heaviness of hammer drills is disadvantageous when driving screws, and they cannot easily unscrew. 

More importantly, do not choose hammer drills to drive screws if the drive function is not available as it is not safe enough. Hammer drills are incredibly pricey due to the power required to pierce into concrete or brick.

Overall, hammer drills are heavy-duty tools that are both heftier and more costly than a screwdriver. So, it is not worth using a hammer drill as a screwdriver. You can buy a better screwdriver

Tom Mackency

Tom Mackency

Hi, I am Tom Mackency. It has been 10 years that I have been working as a professional woodworker since 2013. I am really enjoying my carrier by creating many kinds of projects in my workshop. But mostly I like for home improvement projects. Home improvement and DIY projects are the most interesting things for me. More than that, the coolest things are power tools. Those are very precious and efficient than a decade ago. So I try to introduce so many things about power tools, woodworking, DIY projects, home improvement and many more interesting topics here.

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