I own a decent, powerful corded drill, but I've always been somewhat hesitant about cordless tools due to the potential lifespan of the batteries, and maybe also the bulkiness. (Case study: for our old Makita drill, a trustworthy replacement battery would have cost almost the price of a new tool.)
However, I need to screw thin floor boards (15 mm thickness, or 5/8") on a chipboard subfloor. The area is about 19 m2, or 200 square feet. I'll be using 3.9 mm x 42 mm screws. What's the absolute minimum of a tool that you would use for this kind of flooring job?
I am definitely going to drill pilot holes in the boards (this is fine, and a definite safety measure, since the boards are so thin). This is no issue with even a hand drill.
That laste one, by Black&Decker, appears to be a contemporary version of the AS6NG, which I found to be praised on Youtube.
I often prefer silence over power, so I would probably also test out something like an oldschool ratcheting screwdriver, but these appear to be impossible to find in my country.
There's also the Stanley Fatmax Speed Drive.
I wonder if, in practice, I should actually ditch the idea of flooring with these low-powered tools in the first place? Maybe I'll just end up burning the engines, so I would need to buy something like a 10.8V (or more) battery tool anyhow.
so, I guess, the more general point of discussion for the Stackexchange database is something like -- can you actually do serious repetitive work (like flooring) with something like a 4-8V battery screwdriver, or even with manual tools? Maybe this is just nostalgia, but I often think whether we are actually overusing power (especially battery powered) tools in our times.
Thanks for any thoughts and suggestions!