The Best Screw Gun (and Cool Accessories)

Man working with a quality screw gun
Don’t know if he/she already has a screw gun? It doesn’t matter they will be very happy to have more than one! Here are all the best screw gun with accessories you did not know about.
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I’ve gone through a screw gun or 2 (or 20) since my first one back in the 80’s, so I call myself an expert. So here is the best screw gun and the best drywall screw gun and accessories. For the best AC Corded Electric Drill is at the bottom.

We also have gift idea articles also (links at bottom).


Small Budget Best Screw Gun Winner:

BLACK+DECKER LI4000 3.6-Volt Lithium-Ion SmartSelect Screwdriver with Mag
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The Black & Decker 3.6-Volt: I bought this on a day of need as the only one I had on a job died, and it was low price and quick-buy but wow, was I pleasantly surprised, it is a good quality screw gun for the price. It charges fully after years of hard use and it has not seemed to lose any power. I love my little orange drill.

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Medium Budget Best Screw Gun:

DEWALT DCF813S2 12-Volt Max 3/8-Inch Drill Impact Wrench Kit
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The Dewalt DCF813S2, 12-Volt comes with two batteries included: this company knows what it is doing. You can buy 2nd battery and charger to increase your tool gift awesomeness! A high-quality drywall screw gun.

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Big Budget Highest Quality Screw Gun:

PORTER-CABLE PCCK618L2 20V MAX 2 -Tool Brushless Lithium Drill/Impact Driver Combo Kit
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The Porter-Cable PCCK618L2, 20-Volt. In our view, the best gift on the internet, a very high-quality screw gun set. Two guns, huge power. A lifetime set. Enjoy.

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this guy wears the screw gun on his work belt
Where’s my drill, man?

Must-have accessories:

The icing on the cake of your best screw gun.


Screw Bits: you had me at hello

DEWALT DW2166 45 Piece Screwdriving Set with Tough Case
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Quality screw gun bits don’t chip and turn into powder. There will be times you need to really push hard, and the ‘budget’ ones from China, sorry China, but they chip and go to the trash bin. I stopped buying anything that is not top-of-the-line-period.

This set has 7000 great reviews –wow.


100 Piece Combo Pack

DEWALT DWA2FTS100 Screwdriving and Drilling Set, 100 Piece
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This one has 4x the variety: nice. Because the metal is hardened steel, this set should last a working man a very long time, not to mention a DIY-er. Just a smart investment we made.

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Hex Drill Set

DEWALT DD5157 Impact Ready 7 Piece Titanium Drill Bit Set
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We have learned not to try to save money with drill bits, it is worth buying quality. In fact, it’s more expensive in the end to buy low-cost tools because they break and go dull. you can really push a Dewalt. No, none of these companies pay us!

These have the hex base so they can be used in a screwgun tip or a normal drill chuck. Thanks Chuck.  Sort of pricey, but we think it's worth it.


Magnetic Bit Tip Holder

Makita B-35097 Impact Gold Ultra-Magnetic Torsion Insert Bit Holder
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I have been through quite a number of these and they all have pros & cons. What we look for is a strong magnet and an outer shell that does not rotate, so you can hold it as you screw.

Makita is the winner with this baby.  Under 10 bucks? Very nice.


This adapter makes my screw gun my favorite tool
No guitar tech needed in my house. Just a screw gun.

Universal Socket:

RAK Universal Socket Grip (7-19mm) Multi-Function Ratchet Wrench Power Drill Adapter 2Pc Set - Best Father's Day Gift for Men, DIY Handyman, Father/Dad, Husband, Boyfriend, Him, Women
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Don’t laugh but this doubles as guitar tuning winder! This socket adapter fits tightly around any size screw-head, hook, or thumb-screw up to 3/4 inch.  RAK won't break.


37 Hole Hex Bit Organizer—Magnetic:

Neiko 02449A Hex Bit Holder Rack with Strong Magnetic Base, 37 Hole Organizer | 1/4-Inch Hex Bit and Drive Bit Adapter
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This relates to my own invention, just below! Actually, you could make this tip holder yourself with a drill and wood, but the tips would fall out if you tip it. This is a rubbery and magnetic unit so they stay put.

This is a nice and low-cost add-on.


MY TIP-TIP (TIP ON TIPS)

My best invention: glue your tip holder to your gun! We hate stopping to find the right tip… and for you dedicated readers, I made a video of how to do this: include the idea with your gift!

Toolcool 10pcs 10 Holes Hex Shank Screwdriver Bit Holder Plastic Screwdriver Head Storage Case
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The type of glue is key. I like construction adhesive in a caulk gun tube: the best and less expensive glue you can get (but it is not flexible when dry!) You need the mini-holster and a wipe clean with rubbing alcohol. Quality glue will NOT come off.

You need a small one you see here. If you buy one with a few rows, it sticks out too much, and in working you only need several bits, not many.


Sometimes you need options

This Chapman set comes with a screwdriver handle and lots of options.

Check out the lever arm you can add to the shaft.  It slides on to handle for more turning power. This is a complete set with all the slight variations in the size of bits.

Chapman MFG #8900 Slotted hand tools Screwdriver Kit USA Made Gun Kit Firearm Kit Dental Equipment Kit Lab Equipment Kit Slotted Screwdriver Set
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Watch the Jay Leno 5 min. video on  facebook here (it’s not in an obvious place on the ChapmanMFG website)


Countersinks

DEWALT DW2535 3 Piece #6, #8, and #10 Countersink Assortment
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The head of a screw, when sunk to flush with the wood, provides great strength as well as a clean look. Dewalt had the forethought to make the drill bits inside all accessible with the same size Allen wrench. Why didn’t you think of that Stanley?

A must-have for shelves etc.

Spade (a.k.a. Spoon) Drill Bits

DEWALT DW1587 6 Bit 3/8-Inch to 1-Inch Spade Drill Bit Assortment
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DEWALT DW1586 1-1/2-Inch by 6-Inch Spade Drill Bit
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These can be sharpened but I won’t go into that here. To make this gift better, add on a larger size bit, not included in the set. Why Those larger TV/computer plug holes we put in the back of the cabinet or desk: this 1.5-inch spade is what I got.


Flex-Angle Tip Holder

DEWALT DWARAFS Right Angle Flex Shaft, 12"
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I took a chance on the more expensive one: I’m so happy with it. I used it several times per month just around the house and show it off to my buddies.

The best screw gun accessory I own, very high quality.

I use it all the time: I always know where it is.


Socket Drivers

Makita A-97025 Impactx 1/4″ x 2″ Socket Adapter
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It’s great to drive sockets with power. Select the longer shaft for a really nice addition to a screw gun gift.

These drive fittings come in two most common sizes—the ¼ inch, and ½ inch. My suggestion: since most folks have large and small sockets in a typical set, grab one of each…(both are options on this page).


Non-Hex Drill Bit Converter

Rockwell RW9275 3/8-inch keyless drill chuck for ¼” Hex Drives
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I did not know this existed until last Christmas. Way to go Daddio!

Lets you use standard round drill bits in your hex screw gun. I actually invented this in my mind many years ago. Too late for that patent.


Stubby Ratcheting Screwdriver.

Stanley 66-358 Stanley Stubby Ratcheting MultiBit Screwdriver
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Size matters. But bigger is not always better. Sometimes you cannot get a screw in or out without a very short screwdriver and this one comes with hardened steel bits: it’s actually essential. I had about 5 individual shorties I replaced with this one type Nice.


Cordless Drill Holster

CLC Work Gear 5023 Cordless Drill Holster
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Cleary this is really cool. But it is also very useful. You just thread your regular belt through the slots and ‘hang ’em low’. This keeps you from having to put the gun down while you get the workpiece ready, then reach down while you hold your wood, etc, and drop stuff—BLEEP! It holds adapters in the outer slots.

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Mixing paint and mud just got easier

Edward Tools Paint and Mud Mixer for drill in 1 to 5 gallon buckets - Fits all standard drills - Zinc plated steel - Reinforced weld - Hex head for non slip - Easy to clean - Paint mixer attachment
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Has a hanger for when not in use: attaches to any gun and saves your arms (especially when drywall mud mixing). Very handy tool. It can be used for concrete mixes and when you come over, I’ll use it to bake a cake.


Smart-Bit Depth Limiting Drill Bit

DEWALT DW2043 Hex Shank Non Magnetic Adjustable Screw Depth Setter
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Overcomes our arch enemy: sinking the screw too deep. This is the best drywall screw gun combination on this page. You can replace the bit when needed.

Great invention.


Drill Stand for Hand Drills

Drill Stand for Hand Drill,Universal Bench Clamp Drill Press Floor Stand Workbench Repair Tool for Drilling Collet Workshop,Single Hole Aluminum Base
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There are times we need a perfectly vertical, or square hole. So this is like a drill press you keep in your cabinet. Most of us don’t have room for a drill press anyway. Saves mucho dinero on a drill press.

Works with most guns.  


Corded Drill Winner: Dewalt DWD220:

Period.

DEWALT DWD220 1/2-Inch VSR Pistol Grip Drill with E-Clutch Anti-Lock Control
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In our tool gift post (link just below), we featured the Dewalt DWD220 over the DWD210G because 210G does not have a clutch (the adjustable inner gear slips to prevent the drill or screw from binding, breaking, or going too deep). Certainly, a very good drywall screw gun if you need one.

This is the highest quality screw gun on the market and not as expensive as I predicted. A lifetime tool. We chose this because it excels in every category:

  • Brand
  • Chuck size
  • Clutch or no clutch
  • Speed
  • Reversibility
  • Ergonomics (2nd handle or not)

This Dewalt leaves the others in the dust. Really the best screw gun out there for the money.


Other gift idea pages—we love our tools as you can tell:

 

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