WORX Switch Driver Review: Pros, Cons & Verdict

Review of WORX 2-in-1 Switchdriver

Editor Rating: 4.9/5

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Review Summary

The WORX 2-in-1 Switchdriver is a fantastic invention. With its rotating head, it gives you two chucks, each always ready to go. With a drill bit in one and a screwdriver in the other, you can switch back and forth between tasks in a matter of seconds and at the flip of a button.

Although professionals may not be ready to accept this kind of progress (yet), the DIY crowd has embraced this technology without hesitation. We don’t usually love tools that try to do multiple things because they often wind up falling short on all of them, but this Switchdriver is an exception.

It’s also backed up with two long-lasting batteries. Short battery life is a frequent complaint of cordless tools, but this one goes longer than anyone expects. Another common worry with battery power is sheer weakness – they often feel underpowered. Again, this tool is the exception, with plenty of fans using it for all but the most industrial jobs.

This tool has us wondering if it’s the DIY crowd who will set the trend as early adopters of a new tool technology – and it will be the pros who wind up being late to the party.

WORX Switch Driver – A Quick Look

Pros
  • 2-in-1 drill and driver
  • Cordless
  • 180-degree rotating dual chucks for fast switch from drilling to driving
  • 2 speeds
  • Includes 2 shareable batteries and charger
  • Trigger-activated light
  • Electronic torque control with 12 settings
  • Spring-loaded bit clamps
Cons
  • ONLY takes ¼” HEX bits

Specifications

Power input: 20V/1500W

No-load speed: 0-400rpms/min and 0-1500rpms/max

Min chuck capacity: 1/4″ HEX

Max torque: 265 In-lbs.

Max drilling capacity: 3/8″ steel and 1-3/16″ wood

Weight: 3.1 lbs. (with battery installed)

Dimensions: 8.5”x3”x9”

Tool warranty: 2-year/30-day money back guarantee/3rd year optional

Battery warranty:  1 year

Battery charge time: 3-5 hours

Includes: Tool, 2 batteries, charger, 3 bits

WORX 2-in-1 Switchdriver switching drill

Ingenious 2-in-1

By far the most exciting feature about this tool is that it’s both a drill and a driver. In seconds, you can seamlessly switch from one tool to the other. It’s so easy, WORX even suggests you can rotate the head with your knee. For anyone who has ever had to make do with one drill, forced to switch back and forth between a drill bit and a screwdriver bit, this is a gift from heaven. For anyone who has wanted two drills – one to hold each bit – this is the solution. And it is so well-executed that you will walk around looking for projects to use it on.

Battery life

Many battery-powered tools generate piles of reviews in which users complain about short battery life. Not this tool. This tool and battery combination goes the distance. WORX includes a second battery, but most people talk about the initial battery lasting so much longer than they expected that they don’t really need the second one.

Unexpectedly powerful

Although professionals would probably describe this tool as underpowered, regular Joes are out there installing wood fence lines, adding decks, and building community housing with it. Yes, plenty of people are using it to hang curtains, but plenty more are using it for serious driving and drilling. Long screws, short screws, fence posts, all kinds of lumber – this tool is being put to the test in backyards and holding its own, despite being battery powered.

WORX 2-in-1 Switchdriver used on door

FAQ

What kind of bits does it use?
The WORX Switchdriver will ONLY take ¼” hex bits.

Does it come in a carrying case or bag?
You can buy this tool as part of a larger kit that includes a carrying case as well as a few dozen bits and related accessories. Or, for less money, you can buy it without the case and bits.

Are the batteries compatible with other WORX tools?
Yes, this 20V battery is part of the WORX family of shareable batteries. If you have other 20V WORX tools, you can put those batteries in this drill/driver, or you can use the batteries that come with this in your existing 20V WORX tools.

WORX 2-in-1 Switchdriver drilling wooden floor

What the Users Say

This tool has some happy fans. It’s lightweight and easy to use and maneuver, even in tight spots. It’s got the little spotlight that comes on as soon as you touch the trigger and even before the spinning begins, so you can see exactly what you’re doing. And as mentioned above, the battery life is surprisingly good.

Of course, no one can stop raving about what a miraculous invention this is – it’s almost like switching from a horse-drawn carriage to a car. Project times are being slashed as users quickly and easily switch from drill to driver and back again in only seconds – and people are ecstatic about it. Jobs are not only getting done faster, they’re getting done better because now there’s no excuse for not drilling pilot holes.

Another good sign of how much DIYers love this tool – they are all giving it as a gift. There may not be any fathers or husbands left who have not been given this tool, and their children and wives are raving about all the projects that are now getting done around the house. A few people just keep buying them because they haven’t been able to help themselves from just handing theirs over to a grateful friend.

Is there anyone who doesn’t own or want one? Pros seem less enthusiastic than homeowners, although that’s not uncommon with battery-powered tools. Some have wondered aloud if the torque control dial actually does anything since it doesn’t seem to have much impact.

The only truly loud complaint is about the bits it takes. It only accepts ¼” hexagonal bits. This is stated clearly in the tool’s description, but there are quite a few users who are disappointed when they figure out that few or none of their existing drill bits will work with this machine and thus it requires additional purchases.

Conclusion

This is a tool every homeowner should already own (and a no-brainer for what to give your dad or husband for Christmas next year).  Between its capability, versatility, and included batteries and charger, it’s a serious bargain.  Professionals may look down their noses at this and think it’s a bit gimmicky, but if you’re a DIYer, entry-level or experienced, this is a tool you need.  The WORX Switchdriver is a tool that has the owners wandering around their homes looking for ways to use it.  What are you waiting for?

About the Author Adam Harris

Hi there! My name is Adam and I write for HealthyHandyman. I have a great passion for writing about everything related to tools, home improvement, and DIY. In my spare time, I'm either fishing, playing the guitar, or spending quality time with my beloved wife. You'll also often find me in my workshop working on some new project!