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One of the first tools I ever saved up my money to buy a LONG time ago was a Yankee Screwdriver. I think I was 10 or 11, and was facinated by how the screwdrivers worked.

That screwdriver was in my toolbox for quite a while, and well used. Over the years and many moves my family made, that screwdriver was lost a long time ago. I recently found a craftsman Yankee at a woodworking show, and bought it for my girls, telling them it's their first cordless screwdriver.

I had an auction a week or so ago, and bought a lot of box lots of tools. Things weren't selling very well, so the auctioneers were putting 2 or 3 lots of tools together to get someone to bid $5. I ended up buying a truckbed full of boxes of things I didn't look at before the sale.

This week I have been sifting through them, finding out what I had, what stays and what gets trashed. There must have been 7 different Yankee screwdrivers in this pile, a couple were too far gone, but there are a handful of good ones.

Three of the better ones are shown in the picture, along with the brand new one I bought my kids. The biggest one shown is just over 25 inches long without a bit, I never knew they came that long. The middle sized one has already seen action around the house, and I like the long handle.

It's fun to play with these tools and remember how excited I was with my first 'power tool' 30 some odd years ago. It's great to have a power screwdriver who's battery is always charged....
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Boy, Doug... talk about a "low gear" (plunge distance per revolution) on the long one...

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They are fun, aren't they!

If any are the Stanley brand, you may be able to find NEW driver bits from Stanleys replacement parts web page (the link escapes me but Google can find it). If they are Miller's Falls brand, I don't think the bits fit.

Somewhere I have a M.F. #10 with the little insert that lets it also use drill bits. That is pretty fun. Wonder what I've done with it...
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I remember those, it has been a while ago!!

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I still have my Dad's Yankee drill and screwdriver, I haven't used either one in a long time but on the wall when I need them.

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I remember them (but i am old.......)

I did not know you could still buy them.

I don't think we called them yankee screwdirvers (ratchet screwdriver?????)

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Doug,
I still have one of my Dad's and one I bought 30+ years BC (before cordless). I also have one of their drills with most of the bits. It's still my tool of choice for small pilot holes.
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Here is a shot of my Stanley Yankee driver made in Sheffield England and bought for me by my then young wife in about 1960. Alas, I haven't used it for some time but it saw lots of action in it's day.
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Hi Guys

It's not called a Yankee screw driver it's called a screw head stripper, they came with the standard strait slot bit as a default driver, but you can get a drill bits for them or a Phil.drive bit now days but they still will strip out the screw heads very easy

I think I still have one of the plastic handle type some where in the tool box with the funny drill bit on it but all the others have now gone to the garage sale items.....

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it's called a screw head stripper...
Bob,

I have actually had decent luck with them. With the force being applied straight into the fastener, they don't seem to cam-out as easy for me.

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