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Rate your Cordless Screw Gun

Your favorite?

  • Milwaukee

    Votes: 5 12.2%
  • Makita

    Votes: 11 26.8%
  • Bosch

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Dewalt

    Votes: 13 31.7%
  • Hitachi

    Votes: 6 14.6%
  • Other?

    Votes: 8 19.5%

  • Total voters
    41

Scorpio

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#1
Now of course, cannot possibly name them all, so going to toss up a few here for rating,

If you have something else worthy, please add a post accordingly

I am currently using Milwaukees, and they are serviceable

The makitas are outstanding of battery life and power
 

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I have two dewalt 1/4 18v battery impact screw guns.....my #1 fav tools.....use them for screws...use them with a socket head for nutz bolts...i have both styles of batterys ...nicad n lithium ion.....really like the lithium ion bats much lighter in weight.....but when they are out of power there isnt much warning..

i also use a hitachi small cordless screwdriver.....but it really doesnt have much power and has nylon gears....beats doing it by hand though...

i would like to state if you are using a cordless drill to drive screws etc your missing out ......the small impact drivers are many times better for the job...the only thing they are less adept at is for very sensitive torque applications..

i even buy the 1/4 quick chuck drill bits for the impact gun...
 
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Old Yeller will probably win the poll but my understanding is Makita is preferred if tried. If I were working daily probably a Makita for me. However, I make due with a Festool that was a gift. Highly, overrated in my opinion. When employing others I preferred to purchase the Harbor Freight throwaways as all decent guys had their own with preference. No problemo replacing or new batts for a proven guy that supplied a broken one, of his brand preferred. .
 

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My Ridgid cordless drill has survived horrible abuse and keeps on tickin'. Totally superior to a couple of Ryobis I had before it.
 

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Makita used to be heads above the rest now I feel they're about all the same, made my just a couple companies. Like lawn mowers,ytd makes about 10 or 15 differentt brands
 

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Got a Makita 18v drill. Lightweight and built my fence with it. Used to have a Dewalt but it finally died. Also was real heavy. Built one fence with it and my arm damn near fell off!
 

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I'm a cabinet maker by trade so I have used a few good ones. Back in the early nineties I had a black porter cable. I could drive 3 inch screws with the thing and it was super smooth to use. It served me well for many years of use. I now have a makita 12v that I have been using for many many years. I honestly cant even remember when I bought it. I'm guessing 12-15 years ago. I know its only a 12v but both batteries still hold a good charge and it still runs well. I only buy tools when I need them and if they dont break I dont need to buy more. LOL. Oh I should add I bought it as a set with 2 batteries and a flashlight as well. Maybe even a cordless saw came with it but all I ever use is the screw gun and flashlight.
I cant compare it to todays models because its all I've used for so many years.
 

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I imagine it goes without saying... Don't use your battery drill to mix Sheetrock mud. Killed a dewalt that way and replaced it with a dewalt I bet I can put brushes in the old one and it would run fine. Had flick dewalt by default because it's all I know besides a junk Black n Decker. Never will buy B&D again.
 

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The only cordless I have I bought about 8 years ago, a Skil tiny lithium ion palm sized that is like a tiny pistol. Keeps a charge for a long time, great for easy tasks I don't want to break out the corded DeWalt for. Throw it on the charger and it's ready for the next Ikea project or home fix-it. Don't need a heavy cordless, the batteries are expensive and I find them awkward to use. Maybe if I was working construction, but I'm not.
 

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QWAK,Are screw guns as effective for eliminating bankers as nail guns?:s13::36_11_6::4_1_72:

the DUCK:s11::s11::s11:
 

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Kids bought me a Ryobi set around 10 years back for fathers day, had to replace the battery a few months back but all the tools remain serviceable , great for the price.
 

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Never buy a Craftsman. I bought a really nice set years ago and when the batteries died, I couldn't find replacements for the longest time and when I finally did they were as much as a whole new set of cordless tools!

Dewalt batteries seem plentiful.
 

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I have owned a makita 18v lithium cordless drill with a solid steel chuck for the last 5 years, couldn't be happier. I'm a journeyman carpenter, so the things has seen use in commercial and industrial construction and is almost even better now than when I bought it.
 

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I imagine it goes without saying... Don't use your battery drill to mix Sheetrock mud. Killed a dewalt that way and replaced it with a dewalt I bet I can put brushes in the old one and it would run fine. Had flick dewalt by default because it's all I know besides a junk Black n Decker. Never will buy B&D again.
Hate to break it to you. DeWalt is Black and Decker rebranded. Same company.
 

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Festool is best, I'd pick Makita as second best.
 

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Could be mistaken but I thought Black and Decker bought Dewalt because BnD couldn't build a decent tool on their own.
 

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Sorry just have to do this.

Cordless screw gun? Might have been a few complaints but none were ever raised, at the time; But the words two stroke, I have heard before.

As for.a.rate....
Never charged More than the market could bear and the worst I ever had was.wonderful.
 

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Could be mistaken but I thought Black and Decker bought Dewalt because BnD couldn't build a decent tool on their own.
Dewalt was bought out by Black and Decker before I was born. They used the name to rebrand their construction grade tools. Same tools with different look and name. There homeowner specials destroyed their B&D brand. DeWalt was the guy who invented the radial arm saw. They're all Chin or Mehico manufactured. Their USA branded are only assembled here.
 

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I have owned a makita 18v lithium cordless drill with a solid steel chuck for the last 5 years, couldn't be happier. I'm a journeyman carpenter, so the things has seen use in commercial and industrial construction and is almost even better now than when I bought it.
I have the same drill and love it. My neighbor's a retired carpenter and he said it's the best drill he's ever owned.
 

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Currently using a Hilty impact driver. Expensive but very well made & durable. I use it every day.
Got a few ( demo / rotary hammers, rod driver ) of the heavier Hilti tools at the shop as well.
Really good stuff over the years its been.
Costs a premium, but lasts.
We dont many projects that allow shot anchors or any of the powder actuated stuff anymore,
But when we did, my first look was Hilti.
 

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Just picked up a 20 v lithium dewalt Impact driver and it ROCKS! Driving screws in the deck are multiples easier with this. Plus had a bang up deal on fleabay--like $100 when reg price for the pkg is twice that much or more.
 

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In my opinion Impact drivers are heads and shoulders above drills and screw guns i bought two use them daily .....use drills and screwguns only if i hafta ..
 

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ttazzman, I agree, but, I bought my Milwaukee's long before the impacts came out. Mine have an impact dialable feature, but
they are not as strong as what you are talking about.

Milwaukee has served me well. I have 2 of the 1/2 inch with adjustable torque & impact.
They are so old, that they came with the old style battery packs. My batteries gave up soon after Milwaukee
came out with Lithium ion battery packs & THEY WERE BACKWARDS COMPATIBLE.
An unknown bonus from Milwaukee is their warranty. 10 years ago one of them stopped working,
it was out of warranty, but, Milwaukee fixed for free, including shipping, because I had taken good care of it.
Take good care of your tools & they will take good care of you.

BTW, a cheap, inadequate tool is the most expensive tool you can buy, as it will let you down in an hour of need.
A first line, quality tool will serve you for many years.