No self-respecting drywall specialist will turn up on the job without the right equipment. When you have thousands of screws to get in place to install the drywall professionally, there’s no way a screwdriver is cut out for the job.
To get the job completed with precision, speed, and efficiency, the absolute must-have tool is the Collated Screw Gun. (You can see a range of Collated Screw Guns over here)
It’s the one tool that will always be with you on every job, so it makes sense that you want a sturdy gun, built with precision in mind, and robust enough to stand the test of time.
The Makita FS6300 may be what you need and here’s the reason(s) why…
- It packs a powerful 570 Watts
- Produces 6000 RPM (2000 more RPM than the earlier FS4200 model)
- 1/4 inch head shank for replacement bits
- Depth adjustment
- LED light
- Belt clip
- 1.8 kilogram in weight
At a mere 1.8 KG, this is not one of those almighty powerful guns that have you straining your body just to carry it, let alone use it. The light weight will allow you to work more comfortably, while maintaining speed and efficiency.
The longest part of your screwing tasks will be setting the depth gauge and loading your drywall screws. The practical part of driving the screws to secure the drywall in place is so much easier when you aren’t bogged down with weight.
The depth gauge is a must-have feature on any collated screw gun you use. Without it, you will struggle to get the screws flat to the surface ready for taping. Of course, if you do have a slight hiccup, you can easily flick the reverse switch and take the screw back out before anyone notices.
Save yourself the embarrassment, but it is going to be easier to get things right the first time, so you don’t have to be reversing the job, and that’s where the handy dandy LED light comes to your aid.
It’s always easier to work when you see what you’re doing. Wouldn’t you agree?
Safety is paramount
When you’re working with a tool this powerful, there is no margin for error; especially if you’re using the belt-clip, or a screw gun holster to keep the gun with you when you’re doing other tasks.
When the screw gun is triggered, the head shank will not spin until there is pressure applied. Therefore, until the screw actually contacts the drywall, it’s not going to spin. That’s a safety feature so when you buy it and try it – don’t think it’s not working when you pull the trigger and it only makes a noise.
It must be in contact with the surface before it will begin to spin.
What’s improved from the earlier FS4200 model?
The higher speed you get with a collated screw gun lowers the torque. When you’re working with larger and longer screws, you need more torque. You want a higher torque gun for using on jobs such as for framing applications and hanging, but for the thousands of screws you’ll use to secure the drywall in place, speed is the name of the game.
For tougher jobs such as fastening plasterboard to metal substructures, you will need more torque and you get that with a lower RPM. For those jobs, you may be best with the Festool DWC 18-4500 Li Drywall Gun, which operates at 2500 RPM.
Whatever tools you need to get the job done, you can be sure to find the best at DryWallToolsDirect.co.uk.