Cordless Screwgun Head to Head

Cordless Screw Gun Testing


The coveted best in class or overall winner of these head to heads are based on performance in all categories evaluated and general feedback from our crew. Best in class winners do not need to win all or most categories, but rather stand out from the rest of the field in key categories and are chosen for overall performance in our head to head and crew feedback.



This was one of the closest head to head we’ve ever done. Both the DEWALT and Bosch were so close that I’m giving the edge to DEWALT based on the fact that they also offer a cordless cut-out tool which makes a great companion for installers so they can use the same battery platform. Both of these screw guns took top dibs in 3 categories each so making a choice was not easy.

It’s also worth noting that the HILTI is an exceptional screw gun. It’s weight and cost held it back from taking the top position, however the HILTI is no doubt a robust tool that would likely wipe out the competition on durability if we had a way of speeding up time and abuse testing.

Screw Gun Video Summary

The Cord Is Cut!

As I mentioned earlier in the article, I recently brought several of these tools to one of my job sites and let the drywall hangers use them for the entire project. Within hours of using cordless crew guns they were sold! The owner of the company said without doubt they will switch over entirely to cordless screw guns.

The big take away from that crew mimics the results above. They had a very hard time choosing between the Bosch and DEWALT for an overall winner. They were blown away at the reduction in noise and overall performance that matched their old corded screw guns.

Lastly, and most important in my opinion was the discussion about no longer dragging cords around the job. They told stories of wrapping cords around their necks to make dragging easier, about tripping in stairways over cords, near misses with shocks from broken cables. The bottom line is they were amazed at the results and were completely converted by the end of the job.

If you’re a drywall / plaster hanger there’s no reason to wait any longer to jump on the cordless train!

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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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  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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