Buying anything online these days can feel like a chore. The online product descriptions and reviews that used to be unbiased and fair have become anything but in recent years. It can be hard to get a good feel for what a tool can and can’t do, and if you’re looking to find out what a tool’s shortcomings are, you might feel like you’re completely out of luck.
We know our way around tools, and we want you to be able to confidently buy the model that’s right for you and helps make your next project a blast. That’s why we’ve assembled these reviews of the best drywall screw guns of 2019. We highlight the good and the bad on all of these models so that you can get a well-informed view of each. We’ve also included a buyer’s guide, which is designed to help you have all the information you need to have before you buy and also to help you get a great deal for your money.
|DEWALT DCF620D2 Cordless Drywall Screw Gun|
(Best for the Money)
|DEWALT DCF620B||3 lbs||4.5/5|
|Milwaukee 2866-20 M18||3 lbs||4.25/5|
|Hitachi W6V4||3 lbs||3.85/5|
The DEWALT DCF620D2 Cordless Drywall Screw Gun is easily the best drywall screw gun on the market today. Its top feature is its brushless motor. Brushless motors last longer, use less power, are lighter, and require less maintenance than the motors with brushes that are largely being phased out. Given all those upsides, it’s easy to see why you’d want a tool with a brushless motor. It’s also a cordless model, so you’re able to work without having to worry about a power cord. The Dewalt 20v Max battery line is also one of the best available today, so could buy more tools from this line in the future and expand your battery collection for longer uninterrupted work times.
This model also includes a well-placed LED light that does a good job of illuminating the workspace in sub-optimal lighting conditions, which can be a lifesaver. The only downside to this model is its lack of a case, which is a bit of a shame given the price. Still, you’re getting an excellent tool, so the value is still there, even if we’d like a case to be included. Overall, this is a tool which will make most users happy.
The Makita FS6200 is the model to get if you’re looking for a corded model. It comes packed with six amps of power, which is enough to complete any job you would attempt with a drywall screw gun. It also weighs about three pounds, making it one of the lightest models you’ll find in this category. The LED light does a good job of illuminating the worksite, while the adjustable depth locator is precise, and does a good job of delivering the same depth repeatedly while you work.
The steel-reinforced belt clip is a nice touch that makes this model one of the more convenient ones on our list. Since you can get it for less than half of what you’d pay for the top model on our list, this one earns the title of “best value for the money.” If you’re looking for a great tool and a good deal, then you can’t miss with this one. The forward/reverse switch is located in a strange position, one which will find lefties frequently hitting it by accident. If this model was battery-powered, it would easily take the top spot on our list, though as-is, it’s definitely worthy of second place.
The DEWALT DCF620B is the same tool that you’d get if you bought our top model, but without the included very expensive battery. You could save as much as 90 dollars if you don’t need the battery, making this model a really good deal when the battery isn’t included. If you already own a battery from the DEWALT 20v Max line, then you’re good to go without spending too much. Since that battery line is so good, there’s a good chance that many people will already own the necessary battery.
As a quick refresher, this model comes with an excellent LED light that’s angled to illuminate the area in which you’re about to drill. It also comes with a brushless motor, which is lighter, more powerful, more efficient, and requires less maintenance than the preceding brush-using motors. Since this model is still more expensive than most corded options, even without its battery included, it doesn’t have the value needed to climb higher than third. That being said, it works very well and is sure to make most users very happy. If you own the appropriate battery and are looking for a low-frustration model, then this is the one for you.
The Milwaukee 2866-20 M18 is one of the lightest tools on our list, clocking in at only 2.5 pounds. It’s also one of the best-balanced tools. Some tools just feel good to use, and this model is one of them. It also comes with depth adjustment that is easy and fast and makes it possible to get accurate, differing depths on the fly. If performance were the only consideration, it would be easy to rank this model much higher on our list.
However, we also take value into consideration when making our reviews, and this model doesn’t do as well in that category. While you wouldn’t necessarily expect to get a battery included at the retail price, it is expensive for just a bare tool. If it were far cheaper, then it would be easier to see this model climb as high as second on our list. The other downside is that Milwaukee’s battery line isn’t as extensive as DEWALT’s, so there’s less chance that you’ll already own or need a compatible tool, reducing the potential to gain some value on a later purchase. Still, this model is one that will perform well, even if the price isn’t great.
The Hitachi W6V4 is an inexpensive drywall screw gun, which might be enough to get most people to grant it a second glance. It also comes with a silent clutch. While this isn’t an extraordinarily-quiet device, it is quieter than it could be. It also comes with a very powerful 6.6-amp motor, which can provide up to 4,500 RPM for superior screw-driving power. However, the included nose piece has problems with depth adjustment. On most models, it tends to be too loose, which leads to the selected depth changing mid-drill.
Other times, it stays in place but doesn’t sink the screws consistently, making for poor overall results. This model is also prone to quality control problems, and some models don’t work out of the box, which is a pain to deal with. While the price is low enough that you wouldn’t expect a carrying case, it would be a nice touch that would add a lot to this model’s value. Overall, this drywall screw gun has a lot of problems and is likely to leave most users frustrated. If you want a cheap screw gun, you could get this, but you’re unlikely to be satisfied with its performance.
While we know it can be difficult to shop online, we hope that our reviews have restored a measure of confidence in your buying experience. If you’re looking for more information before you choose your model, you’ve come to the right place. This buyer’s guide has a lot of useful information about drywall screw guns, and we’ve worked hard to help you think through each step in the buying process. After reading this guide, you should be able to pick out a great model and get a great deal for your money.
The drywall screw gun is one of many tools you can find on the market in both corded and cordless variations. Which type is right for you depends on your situation.
If you’re not going to have easy access to electric outlets or extension cords, then the cordless models are the ones for you. While they don’t have as much maximum power as a corded model, battery technology has come a long way in the past decade, and you should be able to get hours of use out of your cordless drywall screw gun. And while the cordless models tend to be heavier, especially with the battery installed, you don’t have to deal with a cord, which is a major plus.
Corded models are generally more reliable. They don’t decrease in power because their battery is low, and you’ll never have to wait for them to charge. They also have higher maximum power and tend to be a pound or two lighter than cordless models. However, you have to deal with cords and have to have a steady source of power to get much use out of them.
With just about any kind of tool on the market today, it’s a good idea to get a brushless motor if you can. The brushless motor relies on a different electromagnetic component than its predecessors, which gets rid of the problem-causing brushes in the old design. Those brushes needed to be periodically replaced in order to keep the motor performing well, which raised the cost of operation in the long run. They also degraded much faster if any dust or dirt got into the motor, and if you’ve drilled into drywall before, you know there’s the potential for a lot of dust and dirt.
The new design is far better now that brushes are no longer necessary. It’s more efficient and lighter overall, making it an attractive feature for portable tools. It also requires less maintenance and is less likely to break down if dust or dirt gets inside the motor compartment, making it an overall superior choice.
There are a few extra features that won’t make or break a model but might increase the value without significantly changing the price.
The first of these is a high-quality LED light. You should make sure that it’s positioned properly to case light on the screw and wall, and not cast a shadow instead. You also want to make sure that it’s bright enough to make a difference before you buy.
Another great feature is a belt hook. While you might be able to get away with using one made from an inferior metal, stainless-steel belt hooks are very strong without adding a lot of weight to the final design.
Many people think of value in terms of a price tag, but value is about more than just the money you spend. If you don’t like using a tool, then you get poor value no matter how much money you spent. If you want to get great value, then, you need to get a tool that you like using at a great price.
The best way to go about that is first to figure out what kind of jobs you need to do with your drywall screw gun, and then figure out what features help get you there. Then, make a list of all models that come with those features. Rank them from cheapest to most expensive, then choose the cheapest model. That model will have all the features you need for a great experience, and since you got it for the lowest possible price, it will provide the best overall value for your money.
The DEWALT DCF620D2 Cordless Drywall Screw Gun is our favorite model due to its brushless motor, cordless operation, and use of the great DEWALT battery line. In second is the Makita FS6200 which comes with an adjustable depth locator, great LED light, and useful belt clip, though it’s not great for lefties. Since you can get it for a great price, it’s the best overall for the money. The DEWALT DCF620B is the same tool as you’d get with our top model but comes without the battery. It’s a good deal if you have a battery for it, but if you don’t, it’s expensive. The Milwaukee 2866-20 M18 is very lightweight, and well-balanced, but lacks a battery and is relatively expensive, leading it to drop to fourth place. In last is the Hitachi W6V4 which is powerful and comes with a silent clutch, though it suffers from poor depth adjustment and quality control problems which mean it can rise no higher than fifth place.
Hopefully, our reviews and buyer’s guide have helped you feel better informed about drywall screw guns. You should be able to find a model you’ll love using at a price your wallet will love.
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