Rated 3.3 out of 5 by 22
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Funflyer Work great
Just finished a deck and used about 1000 of these screws. First thing I did was toss the torx bit that came with these and used a Dewalt bit that lasted the entire project and is still going strong. I don't know what the problem was from the reviewers that had problems but I only found one bad screw that wasn't coated on the end. Not one screw stripped and all tightened up nicely.
July 2, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Michael "Star drive" screws are a huge step backward for DeckMate
For years, DeckMate "phillips drive" screws were the best that money could buy.
Now I cannot find them anywhere. DeckMate has replaced them with "star drive" screws.
With the "star drive" screws, my productivity is cut in half.
The new star bit must be carefully placed into each screw.
Some of the screws don't mate well with the star bit.
I won't be buying any more of these.
This change by DeckMate is roughly the equivalent of "changing the recipe for CocaCola".
July 1, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by denny VERY SATISFIED
Have used about 25 lbs. worth of these in 2-1/2 & 3 in. lengths and have had no issues. I don't know how some are complaining they striped the head. I seriously haven't had this happen. Great thing I found is I was able to drive these screws without using pilot holes and that saves time. I was driving through 2 in. pressure treated stock into pressure treated 4 x 4 's without a pilot hole. I am using a pneumatic drill at around 100 psi to drive them and I know that's not a tool most would use but this product has been great so far. Only small issue I found is I will run across a screw here and there that has the coating built up in the head so it can't be used but it has been rare. I also don't use the bit they include. I use the longer 2" Dewalt bits. Giving a 4 on quality because honestly, I can't say if they won't rust out over time.
February 5, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by ProHandyman Not as good as they used to be
I used these without issue for years but in the last couple of years they shortened the threaded section to the point that they don't hold as well and are impossible to back out if you miss the joist. Also, I've had a bunch snap off when tightened which didn't used to happen. I won't buy them again unless I hear that have fixed these issues.
June 8, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by goodheading Best screws I've ever used
I've been using Deckmate brand screws for several years. I rarely have a problem with these screws, and they DO NOT rust like the Grip-rite brand. I like that they're re-useable and self tapping. I've read some of the other reviews that don't like these and wonder if those reviewers are rating the correct product, because the problems described do not sound like this product. The star bit holds very well,-when used properly, and the screws penetrate very well.
February 5, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Dave They get the job done!
Used these to build a floating workbench into studs on the wall, not a single issue with a single screw. The star bit doesn't jump out of the screw when it's torquing down. Ez to start n tough! I'll use these every chance i get.
February 13, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 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 5.0 out of 5.0 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