Cordless Screwgun Head to Head

Cordless Screw Guns We Tested

Before we get into the winners of each category, let’s check out the competition! In alphabetical order we’ll give you a quick run-down of each tool including the unique features and specifications that make them stand-out from the rest of the field.

Bosch SGH182 18V EC Brushless Screw Gun

  • Bosch SGH182Bosch EC Brushless motor technology for long lifetime
  • Compact design and light weight for fatigue-free work – 2.2 lb
  • Long runtime for continuous work (up to 3,400 screws per battery charge with 4.0 Ah)
  • Lock-on button for continuous and fatigue-free work
  • Integrated LED light for illuminating the work area, even in dark places
  • Belt clip for practical temporary storage
  • Bosch Electronic Cell Protection (ECP) protects the battery against overload, overheating, and deep discharge
  • Adjustable depth stop for precise screw depth setting
  • Compatible with optional MA55 Screwgun auto-feed attachment for driving collated screw strips
  • Direction control is designed to prevent unintended reversing of tool
  • Electronic Motor Protection (EMP) protects the motor against overload and ensures a long lifetime
  • Bosch FatPack Batteries feature the CoolPack™ Design with a special heat-conductive housing and ribbing that cools them by drawing out heat out, providing battery life of up to 100% over lithium-ion batteries without CoolPack design
  • Battery Chemistry: Lithium Ion
  • Battery Voltage: 18
  • Case Type: Canvas Bag
  • Charger: Fast Charger
  • No Load RPM: 0-4,200

DEWALT DCF620M2 20-Volt Max XR Brushless Screw Gun

  • DEWALT DCF620Up to 4,400 rpm provides greater speed than DW272 corded screw gun
  • DEWALT-built brushless motor delivers maximum runtime
  • Balanced and ergonomic
  • Nosecone locks on securely and is easily removed while maintaining consistent screw depth
  • Optional collated magazine attachment (DCF6201)
  • LED light
  • Voltage: 20V
  • No Load Speed:  0 – 4,400 rpm
  • Drive: 1/4″ Hex
  • Tool Length: 8.75″
  • Tool Weight: 3.3 lbs

HILTI SD 4500-A18 Cordless Drywall Screwdriver

  • Hilti SD 4500-A184500 rpm for the performance of a corded tool
  • For use with the 18V/5.2 Ah Li-ion battery for the ultimate in running time
  • Innovative directional venting helps prevent drywall dust blowing into the operator’s face
  • No load speed – range:     0 – 4500 rpm
  • Max. torque:        4.8 ft-lbs
  • Dimensions (LxWxH):       11.4 x 2.7 x 10.7 in
  • Weight: 5.3 lb.
  • Screw drive/recess type: 1/4 in
  • Battery type:      Li-Ion
  • Control switch lock:   Yes
  • Reversing switch:   Yes
  • Variable speed switch:  Yes
  • Chuck type:   1/4 in hexagon socket

Makita XSF03M LXT Brushless Cordless Screwdriver

  • Makita XSF03MBL™ Motor delivers 0-4,000 RPM to handle a variety of drywall and framing applications
  • Push Drive™ Technology – in lock-on mode the motor starts only when the fastener is engaged for a quieter work environment and to save battery power
  • The BL™ Brushless Motor eliminates carbon brushes, enabling the BL™ Motor to run cooler and more efficiently for longer life
  • Efficient BL™ Brushless motor is electronically controlled to optimize battery energy use for up to 50% longer run time per charge
  • The electronically-controlled BL™ Brushless Motor efficiently uses energy to match torque and RPM to the changing demands of the application
  • Ergonomically designed rubberized pistol grip with large 2-finger trigger for increased comfort
  • Adjustable nose piece delivers consistent screw depth
  • Lock-on button for continuous use
  • Compact and ergonomic design at only 9-7/8″ long
  • 3-stage L.E.D. gauge indicates battery charge level
  • Weighs only 3.8 lbs. with battery for reduced operator fatigue
  • Built-in L.E.D. light illuminates the work area
  • All metal gears and gear housing for maximum job site durability
  • Dual belt hook for user convenience and increased versatility
  • Features Extreme Protection Technology (XPT™) which is engineered to provide increased dust and water resistance in harsh job site conditions
  • 18V LXT® Lithium-Ion 4.0Ah battery BL1840 provides up to 35% more run time per charge*
  • 18V LXT® Lithium-Ion 4.0Ah battery BL1840 reaches a full charge in 40 minutes or less
  • Equipped with Star Protection Computer Controls™ to protect against overloading, over-discharging and over-heating
  • Rapid Optimum Charger communicates with the battery’s built-in chip throughout the charging process to
  • Hex Shank:   1/4″
  • No Load Speed (2 spd):   0/4,000 RPM
  • Battery:   18V LXT® Lithium-Ion 4.0 Ah

SENCO DS215 Cordless Autofeed Screwdriver

  • Senco DS215-18V18v Li-ion technology (Includes 2 batteries) 5000 RPM high-speed motor
  • Tool-free screw length adjustment and Precise depth-of-drive adjustment with depth lock
  • Quick slide button bit change and Variable speed trigger with lock and reverse
  • Patent pending corner-fit feed system and Belt hook -right or left handed adjustable
  • Kit includes 2 drive bits, drywall/wood nosepiece, 2-18v Li-ion batteries, charger, and storage bag
  • Tool Weight: 5.3 lbs (2.4 kgs)
  • Height: 9 1/2″ (241 mm)
  • Length: 15″ (381 mm)
  • Width: 3 7/8″ (98.4 mm)
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Battery: 18V Li-Ion
  • Charger: 80% in 15 minutes, 100 in 45 minutes
  • Fasteners Per Charge: 500 – 700
  • Technology: Duraspin
  • RPM: 5000
  • Torque : 60 in-lb
  • Screw Diameteres: #6 – #8
  • Power Type: Cordless
  • Range: 1″ – 2″

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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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4 Comments

  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: http://www.bosch-professional.com/gb/en/straight-grinders-177713-ocs-c/
    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.

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