Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 61
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Garm2485 Bad engineering
As a 30 year contractor, this tool has many flaws. To begin with, the tabs which are suppose to give a even spacing every time, do not consider the bulge which protrudes out when a screw is inserted. So when you are working on the next board and butt it up to the previous board which has a bulge from the screw, it makes the spacing now 1/16 to 1/8 larger. the tabs should have an empty space to accommodate the previous screw bulge.
Also, add 2 to 3 times longer to lay the deck board. I used this tool to lay a composite deck and it was very slow work. The screws do not enter fast. Maybe 50% of the screws went in easy, the other 50% you had to wait 10-20 seconds before the screws chizeled out the pvc layer and finally grabbed. Very exhausting!
Do not waste your time on this inefficient tool.
June 1, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by JJandShanon Excellent tool and well worth the price!!!!
Our new deck looks great!
If you're building a new deck, don't hesitate and purchase the Marksman Pro along with the camo screws. Make sure you get enough screws to finish the job. Our deck was 16x24 and the boards went down with ease with this tool. Once the screws are set, you don't have to worry about them backing out.
Our deck looks great especially because you don't see any screw or nail heads and you don't have to worry about catching your bare foot on one in the summer etc. Our photo is not the best but we thought we'd try to show how it turned out.
Great item and we will definitely save it to use on any future projects.
February 17, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Janice Fantastic product! Highly recommended!
This made deck installation extremely easy and it looks fantastic! I recommend buying two so you can put them at either end of the deck board to get the spacing right. You want to figure out where the board is bowing so you can drill in there first, then strategically place the camo so you can push the board straight and drill it in. It's much easier if you have at least two people, ideal if you have four (two people working on either end of the board, one person drills and the other pushes).
July 21, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by W2 Very good product but you should know this
This is a good product that my son & I used to install about 600 sq. ft. of redwood decking. There are 2 things to be aware of. If your deck is against a house wall, you can not use this for the first two rows because (like hardwood floor installation with nailer) the drill does not have enough room to maneuver on the wall side. So you need to used some L brackets. Not a super big deal. The second thing to be aware of is where two adjoining boards share the same joist. I would suggest that you don't share the joist and just add some scrap 2" x to this joist and start your next decking board on the spliced piece. The reason for this is the tolerance for putting 4 screws on the one joist is not great.
The screws are a small diameter. I hope they stand the test of time.
June 18, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by HomeDepotDIYer Camo Marksman
Used the Camo Marksman to build a 425 square foot deck. The tool worked great with 2x6 deck boards. Takes more time that drilling straight down, but it looks great and the boards are very sturdy. The fasteners are pretty expensive but work great with the tool. Box of screws came with two bits so we ran two drills to speed up the process (you put down the tool and load one screw in each side then screw in both at the same time using two people). Would highly recommend.
June 19, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Steve Great Tool!
This tool not only enabled using hidden fasteners, but made the job easy, and very consistent in application. Camo thought of everything that is needed to make this a great tool, and the quality is good too. Just FYI, this tool model makes a 3/16" gap between boards. They do make other tool models with 1/16" and 1/8" gap setter.
November 28, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Mike13863 Excellent tool
You get exactly what is being advertised. I finished my deck with this over the summer and I couldn't be happier with the results. I used composite decking (Veranda from HD). They say its not necessary to pre drill the holes but I did anyway. It was a little difficult to get the screws all the way in without per drilling. This became obvious right away so it wasn't an issue. Cheaper and easier than using fasteners. See pitch for deck finish.
November 23, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by tjt131 Very good product - As advertised
I used the marksman pro to install a 20x12 deck using the veranda PVC boards from the HD. Using the tool took a lot of time but it was worth it. The screw system works well with the PVC. You just need to spend the time to make sure that the tool is aligned properly for spacing and position. Depending on the deck setup you may need to face-screw near the edges. In my situation the board along the house is the only board that has any screws showing on the top surface.
May 5, 2013