Thread: Tekgun for roofing screws
11th Apr 2006, 06:57 PM #1
Tekgun for roofing screws
someone suggested to me that it would be much easier and faster to use a Tekgun for roofing screws. I am having some trouble with a cordless because of the hardwood roofing batterns. If I do purchase one I would like to use for plaster screws as well. Any suggestions on tools or techniques?
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11th Apr 2006, 07:43 PM #2Originally Posted by PeterR10
Much cheaper than getting a dedicated one especially for occasional use.
11th Apr 2006, 07:45 PM #3
If you really do want a cordless for screwing roof screws into HW battens, you would do well to get a professional grade one, with plenty of torque and min14volt power.
11th Apr 2006, 08:51 PM #4
Cheers fellas. One other thing I forgot to mention. It was suggested the tek gun would reduce the risk of overtightening screws and damaging iron. A good purchase for a novice diy roofer!?
11th Apr 2006, 08:58 PM #5
You won't regret having and extra drill or even two around.
I regularly use one drill with the regular bit, one with the countersink bit and one with the drive. Occasionally I could really use a fourth drill if two different holes are needed.
11th Apr 2006, 08:59 PM #6Originally Posted by PeterR10
I do think the tek guns are good for steel or pine battens though.
11th Apr 2006, 10:06 PM #7
There is a couple of different types of Tek guns dedicated to different jobs.\
1/ for joinery use with an adjustable clutch for small screws.
2/ for plastering again with an adjustable clutch.
3/ roofing gun non adjustable clutch and more torque for heavier work.
You buy the right tool to do the job right not compromise with something that only does half the job.
11th Apr 2006, 10:16 PM #8
I have two 18v drills, both are wrist busters if the clutch is set wrong, not much pulls them up.Stupidity kills. Absolute stupidity kills absolutely.
11th Apr 2006, 10:31 PM #9
GMC had a cheapish screw gun out a while ago, could be worth checking out.
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11th Apr 2006, 11:59 PM #10
For roofing screws you need a screw gun with a depth setting clutch, and low speed/high torque. For Gyprock you also need a depth setter but high speed and lightweight. Setting screws with a proper screw gun is probably 2 to 3 times faster than with a drill or cordless, but if you're only doing a few then you could get away with a good cordless.
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12th Apr 2006, 07:24 AM #11
Thanks again for all the input. I haven't yet worked out how to add quotes from different posts. Something else to learn. I have an entire house to reroof so if I can find the right tool it should make life easier. I noticed that the Makita site has a few tek guns that they state are for roofers and can be converted to drywall by attaching another head which I'll look in to.
12th Apr 2006, 09:01 AM #12
peter, it might be worth perusing the trading post/tender centres/pawn brokers in your area. I've got a hilti old roofing gun, but no longer have use for it. I've noticed a few roofers have changed over to 18 volt cordless with a couple of batteries - so there should be quite a few corded surplus to requirements out there.
Seriously consider renting one though over a weekend or such, rent will be cheap (not kennards!), it will save you heaps of time, and imo are very single use items. Drilling and then driving is not the safest choice ona roof.
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