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 Post subject: Re: Autofeed screwguns
PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2017 8:48 pm 
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let us know how you get on with it :salute: :salute:


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So I have used a bit now, I’d say about 1000 45mm screws to hold up OSB.
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The good:
- fixing a sheet, even overhead, is much simpler.
- Total time spent completely fixing the sheet is much lower, 1/5 of time or less, even taking into account adjusting proud screws.
- Setting up and loading is easier than a Uzi in a bad 80’s action flick.
- Build quality is good, it’s a tool not a toy.
- At least 400 45mm screws per 4Ah charge in cold weather.

The bad:
- in real life use (including overhead, corners, close to the ground), it fails to fully drive a lot..
- one handed I have a 50% success rate, two handed 90%.
- if full care is taken, this gets better, but full care is not always possible in jobsite conditions.
- two major stoppages so far.
- Big.

Overall:
- Very usefull if imperfect tool.



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It takes a while to get used to them as their is a definite skill/knack to using them.
Overhead I probably have only 1-2 screws per hundred that won’t sink properly. I only use it one handed as well and on wall sheets it’ll only not sink a screw if it hits a knot. Corners internally are the only downside for me. The more you use these guns the better you’ll get result wise.

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I also suspect it works better with 25mm screws on 10mm sheet rock than 45mm screws on 18mm OSB.


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gildasd wrote:
I also suspect it works better with 25mm screws on 10mm sheet rock than 45mm screws on 18mm OSB.

Oh for sure! I mostly use 35mm screws into plasterboard.

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From what I've heard the Makita is fantastic but it jams quite frequently. So some of the time saved with an auto feed gun has to be lost with the jamming.


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the downside with the dewalt for me is as a left hander i frequently knock the forward/reverse switch over to reverse. a right hander using the gun will likely never experience this problem. i also dont really see the point of the reverse function?

other than that and the awkward internal corner problem which probably happens on all guns theyre mint like


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the downside with the dewalt for me is as a left hander i frequently knock the forward/reverse switch over to reverse. a right hander using the gun will likely never experience this problem. i also dont really see the point of the reverse function?

other than that and the awkward internal corner problem which probably happens on all guns theyre mint like

Reverse function is good for removing sheets when I’ve forgot to pull a cable through :lol:

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I think that the Makita guns are very much a curate's egg, or good in parts. I've just done some ply floor sheathing - around about 450 sheets of 3/4in hardwood ply screwed and glued down onto 2in thick chipboard deck (45 screws a sheet, so circa 20k screws). I was using a corded Makita (6843) which was hired-in for the job (and which was brand new), although I did buy the extension handle to save my back - far easier to screw down stuff when you don't have to bend down. The screws used were square drive flooring screws which are about a #9 in size and the gun did OK - providing I concentrated on what I was doing - lose the plot for a minute and you get mis-feeds. I hadn't realised what it was about these guns which gives people problems - it is that they really do need the operator to concentrate quite hard and be ultra consistent in use. The screws were all square drive and the gun is still on its' first driver bit

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