Cordless Screwgun Head to Head
WINNER – DEWALT
The occupational risk accepted by the construction worker over the course of the year varies, but is almost always constant, especially when you consider the exposure to loud noise throughout the day. Noise is often overlooked as a hazard, but considering the lifetime of exposure that contractors will experience, limiting noise is important to ensuring the safety of our crews. With that said we’ve recorded the output of each tool in decibels for a baseline measurement and considered features that limit the duration of that output.
The reduction in noise level of cordless screw guns was significant. I recently brought several of these screw guns to a job site and the first response from the hanging crew was how quiet the tools were. The average corded screw gun is well over 100 db and even higher when the clutch engages. All of the screw guns that we tested are well beyond almost 10 db lower than standard corded versions. That may not sound like much, but decibels are measured on a logarithmic scale, and a reduction of 10 db is a perceived volume reduction of almost half! Each decibel difference is a huge difference in how much quieter these drills are.
The clear winner in this category was the DEWALT screw gun. While only a few decibels lower than the competition any amount is a good thing when it comes to protecting hearing. A strong case can be made for Makita being on top of this list as well due to Makita’s Push Drive ™ Technology ( in lock-on mode the motor starts only when the fastener is engaged). Designed to increase run-time this feature also limits exposure to noise for the installer by reducing duration to loud noise.
WINNER – Bosch
This category is focused on the drywall installation application, hanging a ceiling is a taxing task and any relief is much appreciated. While fastening boards to the ceiling, the tool must be used overhead of the installer, the feel and balance of the tool changes significantly, so a well-designed tool will excel in this category. We evaluated this category by evaluating the comfort of the tool and considering the overall weight of the screw gun.
As the lightest weight model in our Head to Head, the Bosch has a clear advantage for overhead use, but it’s rises above the rest of our screw guns in this test as the collated attachment adds some convenient length to the tool to reduce the reach for installers.
Both SENCO and HILTI earn honorable mentions for their comfortable use in overhead applications despite their heft. 4.9 and 4.0 lbs respectively each model brings something to the table to make up for their weight. The SENCO delivers a monster reach of 16” and the HILTI is so well balanced when fastening vertically the weight of the tool seems to melt away.
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