Cordless Screwgun Head to Head

ERGONOMICS

WINNER – Bosch SGH182

Whether you’re hanging board or laying decking these screw guns are commonly used for long duration tasks that often require repetitive movements, so the feel and comfort of the tool is a big deal. We considered the weight of the tool in combination with the comfort of the grip and handle. We ultimately selected a best in class model based on the overall comfort of the tool in both standard and overhead applications.

Bosch Cordless Screw GunThe feel and comfort of a tool in conjunction with the factors that contribute to fatigue made our team’s choice the Bosch SGH182 18V EC Brushless Screw gun. Not only does this model weigh in at 3.0 lbs, the lightest in our test, but also the small handle makes it easy to grip and reduced discomfort over long term use.

Weighing in at just 3.3 lbs and featuring DEWALT’s well designed, ergonomically friendly, handle the DEWALT DCF620D2 deserves some attention for it’s palm performance.

Finally, we have to mention HILTI for its surprising comfort and balance despite a heavy weight and dense feel. Weighing in a 4.0 lbs, a whole 25% heavier than the Bosch, the tool is so well balanced and comfortable the weight quickly becomes less of a factor. Even in overhead applications the tools excellent design makes the overhead lift feel better than some of the lighter models we tested.

Hilti Cordless Screw Gun

EASE OF ADJUSTMENT

WINNER – TIE

These tools may have one very specific application, to drive fasteners, but the fine tuning to ensure flush or recessed screws has to be intuitive and fast in order to execute and keep productivity high. So the adjustments for these tools were very important to us, especially when considering the drywall application where depth of screw is important to a high quality finished product. Over-driving can jeopardize the hold of the fastener to the board, and under driving can result in an imperfection on the finish. Achieving the perfect dimple on the board requires skill, but also accurate adjustments to deal with different density of studs, strapping, or the occasional knot in the framing behind the board.

No standouts in this category, primarily because all our operators were able to achieve appropriate depth fairly quickly. Some depth of drive adjustments were more intuitive than others, and a few models had their kinks, but at the end of the day no clear discriminators in this category. As we described above depth of drive is an important aspect of the performance of these tools, so it’s clear each manufacturer did their due diligence to achieve appropriate results.

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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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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