Stubby screwdriver is tool used to facilitate access to screws located in areas that cannot be reached easily by regular screwdriver.
With stubby screwdriver, it is possible to reach screws that are obstructed in some way because they are shorter than most screwdrivers.
Another purpose of this type of screwdriver is ease of storage and transport. By design, stubby screwdrivers are much smaller than normal screwdrivers. Some people use them as emergency screwdrivers because the small item may be placed in variety of spaces without taking up much room. Car glove boxes or other compartments in vehicles, purses, small tool boxes, and household drawers are all common places in which people may keep stubby screwdriver.
As there are several different types of regular screwdrivers, different styles of stubby screwdrivers are also available. Some stubby screwdrivers do not have dedicated rod extending from the handle. Instead, they have port that can hold different kinds of bits. Often the bit holders are magnetic so the bit will not fall out during use. Some stubby screwdrivers also may have ratchet handle to facilitate ease of use.
Stubby screwdrivers are manufactured with variety of features, sizes, and shapes. If screwdriver is very diminutive in size, it is generally referred to as mini screwdriver instead of stubby one. Screwdrivers that are stubby are also made with different types of heads to accommodate different types of screws. Additionally, they are available in various lengths and with different sized and shaped handles. Some handles are made from plastic, whereas other handles may be coated or have rubber grips.
A stubby screwdriver can be obtained by itself, but it is also possible to buy one as part of set. Stubby screwdriver sets contain several small screwdrivers of various lengths, diameters, or with different features. Regular screwdriver sets often include stubby screwdriver within group of larger screwdrivers, providing range of options.