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Old 01-26-2012, 11:42 AM   #1
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Can someone give a few choices for a good but not outrageously expensive drywall screw gun? We now have a low end ($125 at Lowes) Rigid which already won't put the screws in if you are not absolutely straight on the drywall. Worked great at first, but I guess you get what you pay for. We don't hang drywall very day but often enough that the time saved justifies the cost.
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Old 01-26-2012, 12:27 PM   #2
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When I went shopping for my DW screwgun my biggest concern was weight and balance. It should "feel" good in your hand.

I bought an AEG. It is both comfortable and lightweight.

For small jobs I use my cordless.

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I've got a dewalt that works good, it's what I see the drywall guys use here.
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We now have a low end ($125 at Lowes) Rigid which already won't put the screws in if you are not absolutely straight on the drywall. Worked great at first, but I guess you get what you pay for. We don't hang drywall very day but often enough that the time saved justifies the cost.
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That AEG Kato uses is a Ridgid, same gun different name to be sold at Home Depot not Lowes. For the countersink to work properly they need to go in straight to be countersunk with out tearing the paper. I try to not do a lot of drywall but I have 2 corded Dewalts very old and work very good.
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I've got a dewalt that works good, it's what I see the drywall guys use here.
Thats the one we use
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The Dewalt with the Plastic Collar... Plastic collar that threads on to the cast metal body...

GARBAGE!
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I think mines metal? I don't know- I hate drywall and only do it when I have to. It's funny though- I've got a lift, stilts -all the crap to do it but I get out of it whenever possible.
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I think mines metal? I don't know- I hate drywall and only do it when I have to. It's funny though- I've got a lift, stilts -all the crap to do it but I get out of it whenever possible.
I hate it too
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the rigid is absolute garbage, ive used 4 of em and all had the same problem,,the tip doesnt stay in the gun.. every 3rd screw you gotta put the bit back in

the dewalts are alright when their new but you have to hold the gun at a odd angle plus they dont run at a very high speed so it takes longer to drive screws

i have a makita which is awesome, however i hardly ever hang board

i belive the milwaukee is the 2nd best one on the market next to a hilti
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Hilti. I have had two of them forever and still going.
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The new Makita 4200 is really nice! I have always been a Dewalt guy but one day picked up a Makita for the hell of it and wont look back. They are lighter and balanced nicely and your wrist will thank you for it at the end of the day! Great power and control. And a little bonus is the LED light that it has that most would laugh at including myself actually works great in dark closets and bathrooms.
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I have had a DeWalt, Milwuakee, Makita, and back to Milwuakee.

DeWalt was my first and it always did its job. Started getting lots of rock jobs so I bought the first Milwuakee as a kit. Both DeWalt and first Milwuakee were actually deck/drywall guns so the had less rpms but more torque. I liked them cause you could take the noses off and use them like that if you did not need the counter sinker. Don't remember what I paid for either one. The DW started making rattling noises after a while (8 years I think) and I loaned it to someone and never really cared if I got it back. The first Mlwke was dropped and never worked right again. No real complaints with either one.

Then I picked up a Makita for $90 I think. Drywall only gun. Fast gun. I don't think I could have driven a nail faster than that thing wound a screw in. That one I really liked but have no freak'n clue as to what happened to it.

Current gun is a drywall only gun, Milwuakee. Its ok. gets me thru the rock jobs just fine. Little longer than that Makita. It was on sale for $60 so that really was the only reason why I got it. I needed one and for that price I wasn't going to pass it up.
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Hands down!
Dewalt's the way to go for Drywall guns!
Im not gonna lie....I pretty well hate everything else Dewalt. (batteries are crap!!)
But there drywall guns...indestructible! (corded)
This is what me and the boys run with right now.
drywall screw gun-dw255_1.jpg
Here's a link to read up on it.
http://dewalt.com/tools/fastening-sc...ers-dw255.aspx


Ridgid: I agree Ridgid's suck nuts! Dimpler sucks hard on them. and I dont like the forward and reverse switch thing, felt weak and crappy.

Makita: Great for steel!! Super fast RPM's.
However I find when screwing into wood because they spin so fast the screws tend to go a little too deep. Even if the depth sensitivity is good its like they're just being launched into the wood! lol. So I get more screw pops with Makita.
But amazing for steel!! SO good!!

Hilti: Hilti's are also all around very good screwguns!
But they come with a steep price tag. Not worth the extra cost to me.

If you want cordless....well...thats a whole other ball game.
But more or less all cordless drywall guns suck! Stick to a cord.
If you want less extensions in the way, buy a cordless RotoZip before you get a cordless drywall gun.
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I have the Porter Cable, corded. Love it.
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I have a corded DeWalt I use for the bigger drywall jobs, and no complaints at all about it. I certainly wouldn't call it slow.

That happens to be the only DeWalt tool I own.
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I have a corded DeWalt I use for the bigger drywall jobs, and no complaints at all about it. I certainly wouldn't call it slow.

That happens to be the only DeWalt tool I own.
Case and point! Thank you.
Also the only thing I own from Dewalt.
No why!? Because there Drywall guns are the only thing worth owning. lol. jk, I kid, I kid. But no seriously.

And ya! Tinstaafl's right, certainly not slow.
Any faster than 5,300 RPM you might as well just start punching the drywall as fast as you can. Were not in sheet screwing competition.
oh! But PS: If we were, i'd still win.
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I like Hilti SD 4500 drywall gun, SD 2500 heavy duty with Smd 50 screw magazine. It puts alot of screws in fast with the add magazine.
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i use the hilti with the autofeed screws. best investment ever. the corded version. i have an old senco cordless model with the autofeed. but seems to have problems with old lumber. thats when the hilti came along!
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I have had the dewalt for around 8 years. Done mostly drywall but I have done some decks and porches as well, serious abuse and still ticking.

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