DEWALT 20-Volt Max XR Brushless Screw Gun

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DEWALT Drywall Screwgun Collated Magazine DCF620

We recently got to spend some time with the DEWALT 20-Volt Max XR Brushless Drywall Screwgun during a basement remodel involving 4000 sq ft of wall and ceiling hung drywall.  We exclusively used the DCF620 Drywall Screwgun as well as its modular collated magazine attachment the DCF6201.

DCF620 Screw Gun Specifications

  • Up 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: 2.5 lbs

Using DCF620 Bare tool

To start off we began with using the screw gun without its collated attachment to get a feel for the base tool. Depending on which kit you purchase the screw gun will come with 2 (4.0 Ah) batteries in the DCF620MS kit or 2 (2.0 Ah) batteries in the DCF620D2 kit.  You also have the option of purchasing the bare tool is you are already a user of the 20 – Volt battery platform.

The bare tool is very well balanced and lightweight at just 2.5 pounds.  I found myself pairing the tool with a smaller 2.0 Ah battery during my installs to take advantage of this lighter weight.  DEWALT excels with comfortable over-mold grips and the screw gun is no exception.

The main feature of the DCF620 is the lockable yet easy to remove dimpled drive nosecone.  With an intuitive rotational depth adjustment, the nose cone driver repeatedly drives the screw to a predetermined depth.  We found this tool to be extremely precise and repetitive when driving screws to a preselected depth into various widths of drywall which is an absolute must for good quality drywall installations. The nosecone attachment can be quickly unlocked and removed if a guide free driver bit is required to remove screws selectively adjust the drive depth.

Collated Attachment

The DEWALT DCF620 screw gun can easily be modified into a collated screw gun with the addition of the DCF6201 Collated Magazine.  This magazine is sold separately but is currently selling at around $92 from various retailers.

With the nosecone removed from the screw gun and a longer included drive bit installed, the collated magazine attachment slides on and attaches quickly.  The attachment has its own rotational screw drive depth gauge and adjustment on both sides of the tool.  The collated feeding mechanism accepts 1” -2” collated plastic screw strips from most major brands like SENCO.

With the attachment installed,  screws could be driven into the gypsum panels at a blistering pace.  Like all collated attachments it became particularly useful when installing the boards solo or overhead when only one hand was needed to operate the tool.

The collated magazine can rotate around the drive axis 360 degrees.  This can become useful when driving screws along inside corners where backing depth may be limited.  In this situation particular care has to be taken to position the tool perpendicular to the driving surface as it can be tough to do so in tight spaces with such a long tool.  We found that this was the area most likely for an improper depth drive or jam to occur.  In tight corner access, it was easier to remove the collated attachment and drive the screws with either the exposed driver bit or nose cone reinstalled.

Final Thoughts and Pricing

The DEWALT 20V Max XR Drywall Screw Gun is a great tool to have in your arsenal if you work with drywall regularly or you have a large job and you’d like to just drive screws to a perfect depth without a second thought.   Deciding to invest in collated attachment and subsequently, the collated screws are a decision that is going to be very project-driven.

The DEWALT DCF620 bare tool screw gun is currently retailing at $128 on Amazon.com.   A bundled option with the magazine attachment can be found for $220.

 

 

 

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