Rated 3.8 out of 5Â by 17
Rated 5 out of 5Â by BrettS Solid Product
I bought over 35lbs (get the 25lb container if you are using a lot) for a new deck I built at my house. I had NO issues with stripping. I will offer some advice for anyone having issues with these screws. You need the right tools. I highly recommend a drill bit drive guide. Some of the coatings on the screws fill in the screw head and would make it difficult to get the bit in without a drive guide. With one I was able to drive 2000+ screws in my project without issue. I also used a corded drill and these things went in like butter.
Hopefully they last forever...only time will tell on durability
July 30, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5Â by Mielkeracing Rust out quickly
These screw are garbage. I used these screws to build my treated wood deck a couple years ago. Now they are all rusted out. If I don't replace them now there won't be anything left. I really wish I would of used stainless or even galvanized nails last 20+ years. Save yourself a headache and use something else.
September 30, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by DesertPete Worth the expense
These rust-proof deck screws hold tight - far superior to nails. No danger of stripping a screw slot with a poor-fitting driver -- the star-shaped driver bit included with each box makes for easy and sure screw-down using a power driver or drill. Screws go in flush with the surface.
August 12, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5Â by Gene A real step backwards
I have used probably a hundred boxes of the Deckmate square philips screws. Last time I went to the local HD they only had the star drive. So I got a couple of boxes. I used the first today and I am taking the second back. The star drive does not stay engaged as well as the square philips. If I drive screws through the edge of a joist into a beam I cut pocket holes, with the square philips I use a 6" long square bit, it works great. Not an option with the star drive; and I can't make it drive them deep enough.
Also these screws have a different thread. Its shorter and does not seem to hold as well. I had them strip out the holes when placing blocking (screws going into the end grain). I never had that happen with the old screws.
I am just very unhappy with this product.
May 3, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Bruce I hace been a Deckmate-a-holic for over 20 years
I build everything with Deckmate screws and never use nails. I have total confidence that if I hit a knot, the screw will easily go through, the head won't strip or break off.
Several have said that the heads strip out and I have had that happen ONLY if I have my drill at an angle to the screw. My daughter has more problems than I with holding the drill straight with the screw and I chide her all the time that she needs to be smarter than the screw.
The special bit that comes with it needs to be used. Do not use ordinary Phillips bites as they will not hold. Learn how to use them and you'll love them.
I refuse to use any other screw except the Kreq pocket hole screws for pocket joinery.
The only downside is that I can't get all five sizes, that I use, in the 25# box, as that is the most economical way of buying them.
October 15, 2013