Cordless Screwgun Head to Head

PRODUCTIVITY

WINNERS – HILTI (Non-Collated), TIE – Bosch & DEWALT (Collated)

When considering the repetitive tasks these tools are commonly used for, productivity is a key requirement to save the user time and ultimately help contractors make money. We considered a handful of features that impact the bottom line of speed and quality, but without a doubt it was the collated attachment that was a game changer for the productivity these tools bring to the user.

Using collated screws is certainly a regional preference and also a potential cost issue for some users. Crews that do my drywall work are not interested in collated screws, however, there are areas where crews won’t work without them.

For users that don’t like the collated option we felt the speed of the drill was most telling on productivity. HILTI leads the pack with a no load speed of 4,5oo rpm and closely followed by DEWALT at 4,400 rpm. Over the course of a day that extra drive speed can surely add up to more productivity in the day.

DEWALT Cordless Screw Gun with Collated Attachment

We also compared all of these drills using collated screws (except Makita which doesn’t offer a collated attachment). Collated screws can speed up production considerably, especially when working overhead where an extra hand is sure helpful. We felt that both the Bosch and DEWALT performed very well and consistently drove screws without problem.

The Bosch and DEWALT auto-feed attachments are surprisingly similar. Which makes sense since both these models accept SENCO brand screw clips. Either way the performance of these two models were neck and neck. No jams, consistent depth of drive, and again since they use the same brand screw clips, there is no difference in fasteners per reload.

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SENCO’s recognition in this category is a most likely a product of its sole collated design, unlike the rest of the competition, there is only collated operation. The super effective auto-feed and overall ease of use of the tool makes it really fast. The SENCO gains additional productivity points with its long length, easing the task of overhead and decking applications, getting you a little closer to the work. The tool may be too fast for it’s own good though, it experienced a few jams during our testing.

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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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5 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.

  4. Sean

    Makita has a cutout tool too. For drywall

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