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Welcome to our big drywall screwdriver test 2021. Here we present all the drywall screwdrivers we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the web.

We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best drywall screwdriver for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy a drywall screwdriver.

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Summary

  • Drywall screwdrivers are mainly used in drywall construction. Due to their high speeds and adjustable depth stop, they are absolute specialists for screwing and unscrewing screws.
  • Basically, drywall screwdrivers can be divided into the categories mains-operated and battery-operated. In addition, drywall screwdrivers can be divided into those with and without a magazine.
  • Drywall screwdrivers with a speed of approx. 4,000 revolutions per minute or more can be used to screw plasterboard to wood and metal structures. Drywall screwdrivers with a lower speed can be damaged when screwing onto metal constructions.

The Best Drywall Srewdriver: Our Choices

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a drywall screwdriver

What is a drywall screwdriver suitable for?

Drywall screwdrivers are primarily designed to join two materials together or to fasten materials.

The main areas of application for drywall screwdrivers are:

  • Renovation work
  • Removal work
  • Conversion work

The most common use is when fastening drywall. This means that the drywall screwdriver is often used in interior construction. But the screwdriver can also be used outdoors. For example, when building a wooden terrace or a tree house.

Thanks to the clockwise and anti-clockwise rotation function, the screwdriver can be used not only for assembly but also for disassembly. The clockwise rotation is used for screwing in screws. The left-hand rotation offers the possibility to unscrew screws from the materials.

Drywall screwdrivers are designed for the following materials depending on the speed:

  • Plasterboard
  • Wood
  • Metal

What are the advantages of the drywall screwdriver and when is it worth investing in one?

If you want to screw a lot and, above all, efficiently, the drywall screwdriver is exactly the right tool.

Thus, the drywall screwdriver is the ideal tool for professionals as well as for do-it-yourselfers. If a lot of screwing is done, the purchase is worthwhile not only for drywall construction but also for other areas.

Did you know that a drywall screwdriver combines the functions of a hammer drill and cordless screwdriver?

The drywall screwdriver has the torque of a hammer drill, but at the same time the flexibility of a cordless screwdriver.

The high speed promises to support fast working. Since these screwdrivers support both clockwise and counterclockwise rotation, the screwdriver can be used for assembly and disassembly work. The variation in speed also represents different versions for different uses.

In addition, the low weight and ergonomic design help to ensure that the muscles are not overstrained even during prolonged work.

Advantages of high-speed screwdrivers at a glance:

  • High speed enables fast work
  • Adjustable depth stop
  • Ergonomic design and low weight
  • Right and left rotation
  • Different versions for different purposes

What should I look out for when buying a drywall screwdriver?

Before buying a drywall screwdriver, you should think about the materials you want to use the screwdriver for and how intensively and enduringly you want to use it. This will determine the various performance data and accessories to find the best drywall screwdriver for you.

You should definitely consider these three points before buying your own drywall screwdriver and include them in your purchase decision:

  • Sufficient speed and torque for the materials to be processed
  • Ergonomic shape and weight
  • Suitable equipment and accessories

We explain which details can be found under these points here.

Sufficient speed / torque

The materials to be processed are decisive for how high the speed of the drywall screwdriver should be. The following guidelines can be established:

Speed Suitable for
2500 revolutions per minute Screwing gypsum fibreboard and wood-based panels
4000-4500 revolutions per minute Screwing gypsum plasterboard to wood and metal structures, screwing gypsum fibreboard to metal studs
from 6000 revolutions per minute Particularly fast screwing of gypsum plasterboard to metal substructures

A certain speed is required for working with metal. If the speed is too low to drive screws safely into metal, then there is a risk of damaging both the material and the screwdriver.

With a speed of 4500 revolutions per minute or more, you are also prepared for metal joints.

The high speeds allow you to work quickly, but the torque is reduced. For working with plasterboard, wood and metal, a torque of approx. 10 to 20 Nm is recommended. This is an approximate guide value that you should not neglect when deciding which tool to buy.

Ergonomics / weight

Since the drywall screwdriver is operated by hand, you should make sure that it has an ergonomic shape and is light in weight. The screwdriver should therefore not weigh more than 1.5 to 2 kg. This helps to avoid premature muscle fatigue.

If you have already decided on a particular drywall screwdriver, but are unsure whether it feels good in your hand. Then you should simply take a look at this screwdriver in your nearest specialist shop and see for yourself whether you can work with it.

A soft-grip function is also helpful so that the screwdriver fits better in your hand and you do not slip off the handle so easily.

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When using the drywall screwdriver, you can always be guaranteed a precise depth stop setting. Most tools are suitable for plasterboard. (Photo: visionsi / 123RF)

Equipment / accessories

Attention should also be paid to the other equipment and the right accessories.

Especially drywall screwdrivers with rechargeable batteries should be equipped with a powerful battery. A quick charger and an additional battery can also be helpful so that work does not have to be interrupted.

For better storage, it is advisable to purchase a suitable transport case for the drywall screwdriver. These are often included in the offer and offer the possibility to store the tool safely and practically or to transport it.

A belt hook offers the possibility to fasten the drywall screwdriver comfortably in order to have the hands free for short work between screwing.

In addition, an extractor can be advantageous so that no drill residues remain in the holes.

Many drywall screwdrivers also have an LED light to make it easier to screw in poorly lit areas. Finally, you should always have enough screws or a suitable magazine for the drywall screwdriver at hand.

What does a depth stop screwdriver cost?

Basically, good tools come at a price. For beginners, there are products from about 50 euros upwards to models costing up to 400 euros. The prices vary depending on the structural design and the accessories selected.

The choice of which drywall screwdriver is right for you depends mainly on the intensity and frequency of your use. Therefore, it can make sense to look for a cheaper as well as a slightly more expensive product.

Before buying, it is therefore recommended to compare prices and to inform yourself in detail about the features of the devices in order to purchase the suitable screwdriver.

Tip: You should invest at least between 150 and 200 euros in a drywall screwdriver to make sure that the tool you buy is of sufficiently good quality.

Can I rent a drywall screwdriver?

Yes, you can rent a drywall screwdriver. At least in some cities and areas, it is possible to rent drywall screwdrivers for one or more days at an appropriate price.

So if you don't want to buy your own drywall screwdriver, you can look for a suitable screwdriver for rent. This is recommended if the drywall screwdriver is only needed for a very short time. For example, for the duration of a move or a very small conversion job.

Decision: What types of drywall screwdrivers are there and which is right for you?

Drywall screwdrivers are power tools that are specialists in their field. The high speeds and the adjustable depth stop enable precise and effective screwing and unscrewing.

Like cordless screwdrivers and drills, drywall screwdrivers belong to the family of power tools. The frequently used name drywall screwdriver comes from the fact that their field of application is predominantly drywall construction.

However, there are other names as well. Due to the high speeds, it is considered an absolute specialist in its field (screwing screws in and out) and is therefore often called a drywall screwdriver.

Another name for the drywall screwdriver is depth stop screwdriver, because most drywall screwdrivers have an adjustable depth stop.

A drywall screwdriver does not have its own drill chuck, which means that drilling holes is not possible with such tools. Its core function is the quick insertion and removal of screws, and the devices are specialised for this function. They are therefore not all-round tools.

Depending on the application, the otherwise very similarly constructed drywall screwdrivers come with different speeds, equipment and accessories.

The different structural designs and advantages and disadvantages of drywall screwdrivers are presented below. Basically, a distinction can be made between the following types of drywall screwdrivers:

  • Mains-operated drywall screwdrivers
  • Battery-operated drywall screwdrivers

In addition, a distinction can be made with regard to the magazine function.

  • Drywall screwdriver without magazine attachment
  • Drywall screwdriver with magazine attachment

In the following, we will introduce you to all types in detail and describe the advantages and disadvantages that result from them.

What are the special features of mains-powered drywall screwdrivers and what are their advantages and disadvantages?

A mains-powered drywall screwdriver is corded and must therefore be connected directly to a power source.

These screwdrivers are best suited for continuous operation. That is, when you want to work without a break or battery charging time. What can be annoying is that the flexibility is limited by the cable and an extension cable is often needed.

Compared to drywall screwdrivers that are equipped with a rechargeable battery, corded drywall screwdrivers are often lighter and cheaper.

Advantages
  • Light weight
  • Long operating time
  • Inexpensive
Disadvantages
  • Tied to power source
  • Limited flexibility
  • Cord often annoying

Mains-operated drywall screwdrivers can be purchased with or without a magazine attachment. The advantage of a magazine attachment is that it enables faster working.

The winner of our test is also the winner in this category. This is the mains-operated drywall screwdriver FS6300 from Makita. In most cases, you will make a very good choice with this tool, both for DIY and professional use.

What are the special features of a battery-powered drywall screwdriver and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Battery-powered drywall screwdrivers do not require a direct connection to a power source.

This means that they can often be used more flexibly and have a larger working radius. In addition, it must be remembered that the operating time is limited with the battery life and therefore continuous working is not possible.

Advantages
  • Flexible use
Disadvantages
  • Battery must be charged before use
  • Higher price
  • Higher weight

Compared to mains-powered drywall screwdrivers, battery-powered screwdrivers are often heavier and more expensive.

The operating time of battery-powered drywall screwdrivers can be increased by purchasing a unit that comes with two batteries or by purchasing a replacement battery.

As with corded tools, cordless screwdrivers can be purchased with or without a magazine attachment. The advantage of a magazine attachment is that you can work faster.

What is a drywall screwdriver without a magazine attachment and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Drywall screwdrivers that are purchased without a magazine attachment mean that each screw has to be placed on the screw bit individually by hand.

With a little practice, or for the experienced craftsman, this can be done at shorter intervals. A magnetic bit holder can make it easier to place the screws by hand.

Advantages
  • Lightweight
  • Lies well in the hand
  • Inexpensive
Disadvantages
  • Screws have to be put on manually

The magnetic bit holder helps to make it easier to put the screws in place. Once they are in place, they do not fall off so easily.

If you want an inexpensive drywall screwdriver but have no practice in placing screws, you can look for a model with a magnetic bit holder.

In contrast to drywall screwdrivers with a magazine, tools without a magazine attachment are often easier to hold and less expensive to buy. Drywall screwdrivers without a magazine attachment are available both corded and battery-powered.

Did you know that not every magazine fits in your drywall screwdriver?

When buying a drywall screwdriver, make sure that it can be reloaded with as many brands and no-name magazines as possible.

What are the special features of a drywall screwdriver with magazine attachment and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

If a large number of screws are to be processed within a short time, then a drywall screwdriver with magazine attachment is recommended.

This offers the advantage that screws no longer have to be placed individually by hand. The taped drywall screws are automatically tightened one after the other, enabling even faster work.

Advantages
  • Screws are put on automatically
  • Faster work possible
  • Free hand for holding and fixing
Disadvantages
  • Heavier in the hand
  • Higher purchase price

Only when the entire magazine is used up does a new set of screws have to be applied. The great advantage of the magazine attachment is that the intervals between the individual screwdriving operations are minimal and the working speed can be increased enormously as a result.

The disadvantage is that these screwdrivers are often heavier in the hand and more expensive. Mains-operated and battery-operated drywall screwdrivers are available with a magazine attachment.

Buying criteria: You can use these factors to compare and evaluate drywall screwdrivers

In the following, we will show you which criteria you can use to compare and evaluate the different drywall screwdrivers. This will make it easier for you to decide which tool is best for you.

In summary, we distinguish between the following factors:

  • Design
  • Technical specifications
  • Additional equipment / accessories

In the following, you can read what is hidden behind the individual purchase criteria and what you should pay attention to. We have already gone into some of the points above, but here we would like to show you again in summary what you should look for when buying a power screwdriver and how you can compare them.

Design

Especially if you are going to use the drywall screwdriver more often and over a longer period of time, the design plays an important role. The design is divided into the following points:

  • Product weight
  • Ergonomics
  • Product dimensions
  • Colour

In the area of design, the two most important points are probably the product weight and the ergonomic design of the drywall screwdriver.

When it comes to product weight, you should make sure that you buy a device that is not too heavy. With devices that have a high weight, the muscle may tend to overtire and the work has to be stopped early.

In principle, most manufacturers take ergonomic design into account. Therefore, drywall screwdrivers are also very similar in their basic shape to hand drills or conventional cordless screwdrivers.

The product dimensions of drywall screwdrivers are usually very similar. There is no particular guideline here and personal preferences are decisive.

Make sure that the drywall screwdriver does not weigh more than 1.5 kg to 2 kg. In addition, you should make sure that the drywall screwdriver fits comfortably in your hand and has a basic ergonomic shape.

Since the drywall screwdriver is a tool, the colour does not play a particularly important role, but your personal colour preferences can of course play a role in the purchase decision.

Most drywall screwdrivers are in darker colours such as blue and black. But there are also some in red or yellow and in combinations of two or more colours.

Technical data

Above all, the technical data is very important when buying a drywall screwdriver. Here we take a closer look at the following points:

  • Power supply
  • Maximum idle speed
  • Maximum torque
  • Maximum power consumption
  • Tool holder

In the area of power supply, it is important that you are clear about where you want to use your drywall screwdriver. Corded devices are mainly used in stationary workshops.

Here it is necessary to have a power connection nearby. A device with a rechargeable battery is more suitable for using the drywall screwdriver on building sites and outdoors. This means that no extension cables need to be laid and cables lying around do not become tripping hazards.

Corded drywall screwdrivers have the advantage that they are lighter because they do not have a battery. In addition, the torque is usually higher and they are therefore more suitable for screwdriving work that requires a higher torque.

Battery-operated drywall screwdrivers, on the other hand, are immediately ready for use in any location. Here it is important to always make sure that the batteries are fully charged and that sufficient spare batteries are available. The disadvantage is that the batteries make the screwdrivers heavier.

The maximum no-load speed and the maximum torque are decisive for the materials that can be screwed. Therefore, you should think about which materials you primarily want to screw. As already mentioned, the high speed promotes fast working, but this reduces the torque.

The speed value should definitely be higher than 2500 revolutions per minute. The higher the speed value, the more suitable the screwdriver is for metal joints. Otherwise, material and the drywall screwdriver could possibly be damaged.

The torque value should be between 10 Nm and 20 Nm. These values should be strictly observed and enable working with plasterboard, wood and metal.

The maximum power consumption is specified by manufacturers and states how much power the products can absorb or how much power can be drawn permanently without affecting the service life of the drywall screwdriver.

For most devices, this value is around 500 watts. Basically, this value does not provide information about the power capacity of a drywall screwdriver, but gives information about the absorbed and converted energy.

In principle, drywall screwdrivers should be equipped with a tool holder with a ¼ inch hexagon socket profile. This makes it possible to equip the screwdriver individually and makes it easier to work with the screws.

Extra functions / accessories

In addition, extra functions and accessories can make working with the drywall screwdriver easier. The following points should be noted here:

  • Magnetic bit holder
  • Depth stop
  • Right-left rotation
  • Belt holder
  • Carrying case

For those who are not practised in placing screws but do not want to buy a magazine screwdriver, a magnetic bit holder can be very helpful. This function makes it possible for the screw not to fall off so easily once it has been put on. This makes it easier for the inexperienced craftsman to put on the screws and achieve a higher working speed.

Furthermore, an adjustable depth stop is an advantage. This special function should be available on every drywall screwdriver and is the flagship of these screwdrivers. This function makes it possible to screw evenly and just below the surface of the material, thus preventing damage to the material.

The right-left rotation brings with it the advantage that screws can be both screwed in and screwed out again. When buying a drywall screwdriver, you should also make sure that this function is available.

Additional accessories such as belt hooks and carrying cases can be very helpful. The belt hook offers the possibility to fasten the drywall screwdriver comfortably and to have both hands free for intermediate work. A suitable carrying case offers you the advantage that you can store the case neatly and safely.

Furthermore, the following features can help you decide on a model of drywall screwdriver:

  • LED light
  • Extractor
  • Soft-grip function

Check the additional functions to see if a device can stand out for you in a positive way if you are unsure about your purchase decision.

Facts worth knowing about drywall screwdrivers

How does a drywall screwdriver work?

The electric motor inside the drywall screwdriver ensures that the supplied energy is transferred to a linkage. This linkage is subsequently responsible for setting the bit in a fast rotary motion. This enables screws to be screwed in and out quickly.

What should I look for in a rechargeable battery?

Basically, a lithium-ion battery is recommended. These perform well and do not have a memory effect. Batteries with memory effect can no longer be fully charged after some time if they have previously been charged incorrectly.

What does depth stop mean?

With drywall screwdrivers, the rotary movement is reliably stopped by the adjustable depth stop. The depth stop or drilling depth limiter ensures that drilling can only be carried out to a certain depth.

This depth can be set individually and prevents the screw from being screwed too deeply into the material. The risk of damaging the material is thus minimised if the depth stop is set correctly.

This depth is set with the help of a bar or rod, which is used to set the desired depth. This feature is particularly important when working with plasterboard, as the stability of the construction suffers if the screw head penetrates too deeply into the material.

What do speed and torque mean?

The idle speed of a drywall screwdriver indicates how quickly the screwdriver inserts the screw into the material. The torque indicates how tightly the screws are connected to the material.

What is the difference between a drywall screwdriver and a drill?

You cannot drill holes with a drywall screwdriver. As the name suggests, a drywall screwdriver is a screwdriver. This means that the drywall screwdriver lacks the so-called drill chuck and therefore it is not possible to drill holes with a drywall screwdriver.

What is the difference between a drywall screwdriver and an impact screwdriver?

The impact wrench has a higher torque. The difference is in the torque. In contrast to the impact wrench, the drywall screwdriver has a lower torque. In addition, a drywall screwdriver cannot be used to screw into concrete or stone.

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