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Not all drills are created equal. Today’s tool review is a drill with a specific purpose. This drill (screwdriver) is made to install drywall and decking screws. The unique shape of the drill lets you set the finished depth of the screw head you are driving in. That is a big deal when you are installing drywall, you definitely need all screws below the front surface of the drywall, but not too deep.
We’ll be looking at Ridgid’s 18V cordless drywall screwdriver, see how it works and it’s features.
The Ridgid cordless screwdriver comes with the drill, a nose cone, collated attachment, long and short bits, belt holder, manual and bag.
- The drill runs off of a 18 volt Ridgid battery (not included).
- The drill uses a brushless motor, designed to deliver over 50% more run-time and longer motor life (over non-brushless).
- One of my favorite features is the Push-to-Drive button, allowing you to have the triggered pulled at any time, but the drill will not drive until there is pressure on the screw.
- To accompany the push-to-drive feature, the lock-on button allows for continuous driving with less user fatigue.
- The forward and reverse lever are conveniently located just above the trigger.
- The screw depth is easily adjusted tool-free.
- The collating attachment is a bit bulky but can be oriented in 8 different positions.
- An additional button of the grip activates a flashlight allowing you to see your work.
- And of course since this is a Ridgid product if comes with the Lifetime Service Agreement if you register within 90 days of purchase.
How it works
The Ridgid drywall screwdriver can be used in two different configurations, with the nose cone or with the collating attachment.
The nose cone screwdriver is probably the most used configuration for long time drywallers. To use the nose cone, the magnetic bit sleeve is popped into the bit holder with a short bit. Then the nose cone is placed over the end of the drill and popped into place.
The nose cone is simply twisted to adjust the screw depth. It really is that simple to use.
The Ridgid drywall screwdriver has an optional attachment for collated drywall screws. The collated attachment makes one handed drilling easy. It feeds the screws to the drill bit for you, but you have to use drywall screws on the collated plastic strips.
To use the collated attachment, the bit has to be switched to the long bit. Pull the cone off, press the collar in the release the bit. Pop the longer bit into the bit holder until it clicks (press the collar in if needed.)
Place the collating attachment onto the end of the screwdriver. Then run the strip of screws through the bottom of the collating attachment, into the front of the attachment. The strip will pop in place on the tip.
When I press the tip of the collating attachment into the drywall, a screw will cycle up into place. With the Push-to-Drive on, the Ridgid drywall screwdriver will automatically start driving the screw into the drywall/wood. Again with the collating attachment setting the screw depth is easy, just rotate the orange dial on the attachment.
I can see how useful the collating attachment can be. I will note that occasionally I would get a screw that would want to start drilling on a downward angle, just something to watch out for.
Overall I like the Ridgid drywall screwdriver. It has good ergonomics and very convenient features. I like that the bit is magnetic which helps you keep the screw in place and ready to drive while you’re adjusting your surface. The Push-to-Drive and lock are fantastic features to have. And I really like having the option to use the screwdriver with the nose cone or collating attachment.
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