I think you found the easiest answer yourself, turn down the torque. I only use a faceplate with green wood (because I can’t afford dry store-bought wood). I have used the same screws many many times and have not had one break….but I do only snug them up. I do flatten the area to receive the faceplate before installing.
My 18V Dewalt has enough torque that it feels like it will break my arm if I happen to get a bit caught in ¼” thick steel.. and there is no way to keep the drill in your hand.
If I were screwing into dry wood then I would pre-drill and maybe use wax.
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