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PostPosted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 2:02 pm 
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Following on from graemeuk's thread about fixing plasterboard -

insulating-inside-garage-walls-little-help-t91240.html

I am thinking about the feasibility of getting an autofeed screwdriver as I may have a couple of big ceilings to board out shortly (14m x 18 each roughly)
so would appreciate any help, having never used or even seen one in use...!
I won't be using it much as rarely do I do any boarding so am happy to buy used or new then will sell it on, and have several Makita batteries which points me towards the DFR750 at £185

http://www.powertoolworld.co.uk/makita- ... 2mEALw_wcB

but on ebay there are a couple such as this DFR550 -

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Makita-DFR550 ... SwEsZZ0P6f

So, to any of you who own one of any sort, what do I need to look for, and is the used one worth going for ?

How fast are they in use, and am I just being a southern Jessie and should I just take off my heated gloves and jacket, use my makita drill and man up ?

Thanks for any suggestions !


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14 x 18 meters (that's 46 x 60) or do you mean feet ?

Just use a screw holder bit or buy a pack of bits

screw gun plus collated screws £££, a box of screws ££


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I mean metres.... The house was designed by an architect, so has lots of wasted space and hard to get to places - I didn't mention that these ceilings are at an angle, so a panel lift will be fine on the lower boards, but not the higher ones....

Yeah, I know what you are saying, but I am approaching 60 and have problems with trapped nerves in my shoulders that steroid jabs don't seem to be helping so the idea of something that saves me some time and pain appeals, and I may well be able to loose a fair part of the cost into the price of the job, if I decide to take it on...


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Have you thought to hire Steve? For a one off job if you can get well organised you could hire for a couple of days and get it all done. You could also hire access platforms etc at teh same time. See http://www.jewson.co.uk/tool-hire/power ... rewdriver/

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The makita autofeed guns are terrible,they jam up too often and are a pig to use.
I had a hilti for many years and it was brilliant,I recently bought a dewalt when the hilti gave up the ghost and it’s a close second to the hilti.
However I agree with going down the hire route,it’ll save you a good few quid.



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I'd (stupidly) not thought about hiring one..
If I bought one I'd use it on some decking that I'll be doing at some stage, but that may not be till we get some sunshine, so it may not be quite a one off, but yes, I'll have to look into hiring, though it may need to be a cordless one.
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iirc pb guns only do up to 50-60mm max screws, if you have the job sub it out


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Try these https://www.screwfix.com/p/drywall-scre ... tid=341980

With a regular drill/driver of your choice. Not as quick as a collated gun buuuut.... worth a punt.

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wine~o wrote:
Try these https://www.screwfix.com/p/drywall-scre ... tid=341980

With a regular drill/driver of your choice. Not as quick as a collated gun buuuut.... worth a punt.

I use those already, and they are what I suggested in the thread started by graemuk - its the idea of collated screws that appeals, and not having to hold a board while fumbling for a screw...

I think I'll look further into hiring one or see if I can get something used that I can sell on should the job come off...
Thanks for the replies and help !


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i bought the dewalt auto feed gun. theres a dewalt factory shop in the north east in durham. maybe worth a look if your close enough.

auto feed screws dont seem to be massively more expensive than normal boxes of screws tbh


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fin wrote:
i bought the dewalt auto feed gun. theres a dewalt factory shop in the north east in durham. maybe worth a look if your close enough.

auto feed screws dont seem to be massively more expensive than normal boxes of screws tbh

Sadly, Cornwall is a bit of a way from Durham..
Have to say that I am tempted and may just get one anyway, as a fool and his money are soon parted...


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aye cant get much farther like


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