An excellent cordless screwdriver recommendation

drlegendre . drlegendre at
Fri Nov 21 23:37:17 CST 2014

Decided to share this little bit of Good Info with the list.

If you're like me, you probably turn away from most of those small, in-line
cordless screwdrivers. Well, here's one to keep an eye out for, when you're
browsing the garage sales, flea markets or thrift stores.. it's the best of
the best ever made.

The Black & Decker 9038 (Image attached)

This particular model was good enough for Snap-On to re-badge (and re-color
it, red & black) as a Blue Point Cordless Screwdriver - which they sold for
silly $$$. Do NOT confuse it with ANY of the similar appearing models, no
matter how close they may seem. Only the 9038 will do!

They were only sold during the 1989-1992 era; later discontinued. The
battery packs are no longer available, but can easily be re-built with
generic NiCd cells. I've done at least two of them, this way, and they run
quite a bit longer & stronger with modern NiCd cells.

With its dual-planetary gear sets, this unit makes enough torque to break
small screws or damage your wrist.. and it locks-up solid any time you're
not running the motor - no need to 'shift gears' to reverse or lock the
shaft. Reversing is simply a matter of moving the switch one way or the

Find one, rebuild the battery, and put it in your kit. You'll love it.. one
of the only electric tools I've used for 20+ years.

Hope you find this useful.

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