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Cordless Drywall Screwdriver

Updated on January 27, 2011

Creating hubs for tools and handyman stuff makes me want to work on something. In this hub, we shall talk about a job-specific power tool—a cordless drywall screwdriver.

I’m guessing you all know what a drywall screw is but just in case, here’s a breather. A drywall screw is a specialty or specialized screw used to attach drywall to wood or a metal frame. Such is not limited to drywall-use and is considered a versatile construction fastener. The drywall screw is different in that is has a bulge head and its threads are larger than the shaft diameter. The large threads make fastening to porous material secure.

If you have some experience in construction, you would know that using a standard screwdriver or even a standard powered screwdriver to a drywall screw is a tough act. By hand will take some major grease elbow and time, and with a standard powered screwdriver or drill can damage or tear the drywall paper.

Most construction and installation experts recommend the use of a drywall screwdriver or a screw gun. This specific tool makes use of a smart clutch for just the right amount of speed and torque. In addition, it also has a special collar that guides the screw head, making it more stable and straighter during the drive. Drywall screwdrivers are not limited to drywall installation; they can also be used for basic framing work such as wood or steel. Either way, a screw gun is a versatile tool and is not that limited in use.

To step it up a notch—and for the main focus of this hub—you can go with cordless drywall screw guns. We all know the obvious benefits a cordless tool has over a corded one. You simply have more freedom to work with, not to mention easier to haul around and store.

However, cordless screw guns are generally heavier than corded ones, so some professional installers still prefer the latter for the simple reason of getting more done without the least fatigue. But, the good news is—especially with the advent of more efficient batteries and motors—is that cordless units have become lighter and smaller.

When looking for a good unit, there are just a number of things you would need to consider. Such features and functions include a variable speed motor. This is very important because not all jobs are the same. Some are more delicate than others, hence a milder speed is required. A reversible motor (reverse direction) is also important especially for bulk dismantling jobs. A screw auto-feed system is another feature that works well for continuous jobs.

Some tool stores and manufacturers also refer to these as collated screwdrivers. Although technically not exactly the same, the collar on collated screwdrivers are what guides (and stops) the screw to the drywall—the main feature found on drywall screwdrivers.

Below are some popular brands and models with special deals so you can get started with your cordless drywall screwdriver quest.

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