Rated 3.2 out of 5Â by 70
Rated 4 out of 5Â by ThatE30Guy Good Gun, Definitely Has A Learning Curve
Let me start by saying that this is NOT a good gun for weekend warrior / homeowner DIY'ers that want to hang a few pieces of drywall with as little hassle as possible. If that is what you are looking for, then just stick with a regular corded or cordless drill and drywall bits. This gun will not just magically sink every screw perfectly, it requires you to shoot at least a hundred screws to get the technique down, and it will require you to put your weight behind it to get screws to sink.
I am a homeowner, and I bought this to finish my garage with 18 panels of 4'x12' 5/8" type X. I read the reviews on here, as well as on some online forum discussions about using auto-feed guns, so I was ready to accept that it would be difficult at first. I shot maybe 30 screws to get the depth set where I wanted it, and it took around 200 screws to get the feel for the technique. What is this technique? Well, as far as I can tell you need to do these things:
1) Push HARD on the gun or the bit will just jump out of the head and start stripping itself. Get your weight behind it and either use 2 hands or have your body against the butt of the gun. It's the only way you are getting consistent sinks, at least in 40+ year old fir framing like I have. I have some fresh framing too and screws went in a little easier, but still required some grunt.
2) Your drywall piece needs to be firmly against the framing before shooting a screw. Get a helper or find a way to push the panel against the framing you are about to screw into. If you don't, the head will just go right through the paper. Screws will pop through the face paper if there is more than a 1/16" gap between the drywall and framing.
3) Keep the gun perpendicular to the drywall. It can shoot screws diagonally, but it won't sink them and you'll need to go touch those up later. You might as well use a drill for those since you will be hitting them with one later.
4) This thing is not good for inside corners. This is actually the only reason I gave 4 stars instead of 5. It doesn't fit well into corners, and it tears up the paper on the adjacent drywall panel if you do use it for the edge at an inside corner.
So there you have it. I completely understand why some people gave this thing bad reviews. If you buy it expecting it to make you hang drywall like a pro, it does nothing of the sort. In fact, unless you are willing to spend an hour or two getting acquainted with it, you should just use a drill and drywall bit. Once you do get the hang of it, you can shoot screws ridiculously fast and it speeds up the job a lot. By the end, I had a good 90% of the screws going in properly with this thing, which is pretty good considering how much variation in density my house's old framing has. I have done various drywall projects in my and relatives houses for years, and always used a regular drill with a drywall bit. This screw gun was a good purchase and really sped up my garage finishing job, even accounting for the time I had to spend getting the feel for it. Helping my friend do her 20x30' garage in a month or so will go much faster with this product.
Hopefully others will find my experience helpful. It was frustrating at first, but I knew that the problem was more with me than the gun so I kept at it and it paid off.
September 10, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5Â by TomS Worked well for a while
The worked well for 1 1/2 pails of screws but then kept trying to put the screws in at an angle which didn't work. Was only able to hang half of the drywall using this screw gun. Returned as defective.
November 11, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Lazyman Time Saver!
This gun is great and a big time saver. I was hesitant on buying it because of the bad reviews but I'm glad I bought it. The gun does miss fire a couple of times but I don't know if it's the screws or the way the gun is pointed down when doing decking but I just have a backup impact gun to screw down the ones that didn't screw in. I totally recommend this gun if your doing a big deck.
May 18, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by None Made the job a lot easer best purchase
3 in. Drywall and Deck Collated Screwdriver did exactly what I expected and more.
November 7, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5Â by Donniefine Did not work as advertised.
I'm not sure where the problem is, whether in the gun itself or the screws, but screws only were sunk properly 20-30 percent of the time. Very frustrating especially at the beginning of a big job where 1000 screws will need to be sunk. My helper followed me with a cordless screwdriver to finish the job. He could have been doing other more productive work.
The next day I picked up a Senco at Lowes hoping it would work better for the additional $30. Ahhhh! What a relief. The Senco worked great just as the Ridgid was supposed to, but didn't. HD happily refunded my money for the Ridgid.
February 16, 2014