Rated 3.7 out of 5 by 23
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by kcpaull So very disappointed!
I've been using Deckmate Star Flat-head Wood Deck Fasteners for years and have had great success with them until today. My husband and I were building a raised vegetable bed out of treated 2x6 and 2x8 lumber and I had a nice new box of #10 3" fasteners we were using. About 50% of them would drive in, then spin because they stripped out the wood. We had a few 3 1/2 inch fasteners left and they worked great. It was just these 3 inch fasteners that have a longer thread and shorter unthreaded shank so they don't grab as well as the other fasteners that have more thread and less shank.
I'm used to having no problems with these fasteners aside from the occasional bent one, but even those drive in and grab. I will not be buying any more of these useless fasteners. I'll stick to other lengths that actually have enough threads to be useful.
March 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 Robert Excellent all purpose screw
I have a horse ranch and a kennel. I am always needing screws for some type of project. I have used various sizes for working on projects in the barn to building shelters for the kennel. The worst issue I have ever had was a few slightly warped screws in a 5lb box. I have never had an issue with the screws stripping out or the heads breaking off. Some of my projects I countersink the screws and that is not an issue either. You just have to be smarter than the equipment you are working with. Always use the correct bit and keep it strait. I use an adjustable hammer drill around the ranch and never have a problem. I did buy a 5 pack t-25 bits just to use a backups and the bit that comes with the screws is a little short for my drill when I am countersinking screws for a project.
January 29, 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 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 1.0 out of 5.0 by Carpenter Star heads = loosers!!
The modified Phillips is much better in every way. Use many pounds of these screws (decking, concrete forms, trellis, patio covers). Bit does not seat as deep as Phillips (modified) and the screw head has to be perfect to fit the driver head. Requires straight alignment of drill over screw and heavy pressure to engage screw into wood. Get rid of these and bring back the modified phillips.
February 2, 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