Im building a roof on my extension.
New roof will require several hundred screws since I will not drive my
neighbours mental banging in nails for a week.
I have at present-
1 an excellent old B&D cordless screwdriver cost £35 a few years
2 a 2 year old drill driver 9 volts B&D excellent weight compact---lacks
3 a brand new 18 volt Screwfix jobbie £50-- weighs a ton--lacks
I am contemplating buying a mains powered magazine type powered screwdriver
£200 approx----comments on this would be usefull.
I am also considering a lipo battery powered driver drill instead--are they
Cost is not important lightness and ease of use are paramount since the new
roof must be installed ASAP when the existing roof is opened.
See what on offer at a specialist tool company, Makita, and Bosh are the
ones we use in the trade 18 or 24 volt, batteries are as important as the
driver, some come with 3 and some with 2 batteries, also ask what the
charging rate and time is. While your at it get your self a magnetic driver
bit holder and a few extra PZ tips
I did a similar project to yours and have a Senco Duraspin cordless
screw gun. www.senco.com I bought one of the cordless ones in
the U.S. where they are pretty popular (cost about $200 IIRC a couple
of years ago).
They are also widely available here now as well in both corded
(slightly less expensive) and corded. You should be able to get one
for about your budget. For this job, if you can stretch to the
cordless, I would recommend it, simply not to have the cable trailing
There are two main screw types - Phillips and square (I believe they
are called Richardson). You simply buy the appropriate driver bits
for the screwdriver. The screws come in many types and sizes, and
are on bandoliers normally of 50 packed in tubs. Loading these is
very fast - thread and slide into the head of the tool.
You do need to pick the suitable ones for the job.
e.g. www.topgun.co.uk (click on collated screwdrivers) I've bought
nailers, nails and screws from this company and they are pretty good
at service and sourcing what you want. You might find better prices
Many thanks for the advice you guys.
I should have mentioned another reason for using a screwdriver is that I
have neuron disease and the constant hammer shock in my arms is very tiring.
I tried a Paslode nailer its a great tool but I do nt have the strength to
hold it for any length of time in fact if it was nt for power tools I just
could not contemplate building this extension.
you'll have change left over for a nice ...
I bought one recently and it's been invaluable.
Nicholas Buttle - Quality Joinery and Cabinet Making
No idea what a "lipo" battery is, but a couple of years ago I put in a
large plywood floor that needed over 1,000 bolts to be fastened through
the floor into a concrete subfloor. I used a B&Q 18V drill driver to do
the work and it was perfect for the task. The bolts were 150mm and the
drill coped well with all of them. In fact the only difficulty that I
had with it was setting the torque control correctly because if used on
the drill setting it would wind the bolt in, then snap it.
The kit included 3x batteries as well as a circular trim saw and a sabre
saw. I used the circular saw to trim the ply sheets to size and have
used it since for several other projects it's a handy tool and feels
safe to use.
"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little
temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
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