Cordless Screwgun Head to Head

Cordless Screw Guns – Big Changes For An Old Profession

Anyone working in the construction industry can attest to the fact that very little has changed in the drywall / plaster industry since the introduction of drywall screws. Drywall installers take over the job-site with a crazy twisted web of extension cords powering their high pitched screw guns as they install thousands of screws on a daily basis.

Between the dangerous noise levels and trip hazards associated with the spaghetti of cords the onslaught of drywall installation crews is always a good time to avoid the job-site! Well I’m happy to say those days are short lived as a new category of power tool is already making our job sites quieter and safer. Cordless screw guns are taking over job sites and clearly spelling the demise of the corded relics of the past.

Cordless Screw Gun Head 2 Head

Our latest head to head compared several leading cordless screw guns on the market today. Our team of professional contractors spent the day driving hundreds of fasteners using the top cordless screw guns from Bosch, DEWALT, HILTI, Makita, and SENCO. We tested these tools on a 1,000 square foot addition just prior to board and plaster.

Head 2 Head Testing Cordless Screw Guns

Our team walked away with winners in several categories including; ergonomics, productivity, overhead use, value, and the coveted best in class overall. To find out who we named our winners read more on the next page(s).

Cordless Screw Gun Evaluation

About the author

Todd Fratzel

Todd Fratzel is the Editor of Tool Box Buzz and the President of Front Steps Media, LLC, a web based media company focused on the Home Improvement and Construction Industry.

He is also the Principal Engineer for United Construction Corp., located in Newport, NH. In his capacity at United he oversees the Residential and Commercial Building Division along with all Design-Build projects.

He is also the editor of several other sites including:
Home Construction & Improvement and
Today’s Green Construction

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  1. Mike Cormier

    Do the Dewalt and Bosch collated attachments accept various lengths of screws? The Hilti attachment you tested only accepts 1-1/4″screws but their other attachment accepts screws from 1″-2″ in similar strips like those used in the Dewalt, Bosch and Senco. It also can be bought with smaller batteries that would reduce weight.

    Side note: Makita sells a collated only gun like the Senco and they also sell smaller batteries to reduce weight.

    In the end, I agree with your choice of Dewalt based on the entire series including their Rotozip. It will be a big deal when they package the gun with the collated attachment and the Rotozip in one bag.

    1. Todd Fratzel

      The Bosch attachment will accept screw lengths from 1″ to 2-5/8″ long. The DEWALT accepts 1″ to 2″ in length. DEWALT does sell a combo kit with the screw gun, cutout tool, in a bag with two 2.0 Ah battery packs for $279. It’s model DCK263D2.

  2. Martijn Dingjan

    @ Mike Cormier: Rotozip is a part of Bosch and shares the battery platform, in Europe they changed it to a Bosch tool:
    Bosch also has 6Ah batteries and even 2Ah wireless chargeable batteries.
    I guess the battery platform already owned will determine which one would go for.

  3. Carl

    Hilti smd 50 attachment uses senco strips.

  4. Sean

    Makita has a cutout tool too. For drywall

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