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    Hi all,
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterR10
    Hi all,
    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?

    Thanks,
    Peter
    With the price of cheap cordless drills being about $ 20 I would get another cordless drill for drilling holes and then use the yours for screwing in the tek screws.

    Much cheaper than getting a dedicated one especially for occasional use.

    Peter.

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    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.
    pretty exxy!

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    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!?

    Peter

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterR10
    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!?

    Peter
    I've got a Makita tek gun and from my experience, you would be better off with a cordless impact driver especially for hardwood battens. The torque settings on the tek gun when driving into hardwood would be a pain.

    I do think the tek guns are good for steel or pine battens though.

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    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.
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    I have two 18v drills, both are wrist busters if the clutch is set wrong, not much pulls them up.
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    GMC had a cheapish screw gun out a while ago, could be worth checking out.


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    Peter,
    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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    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.


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    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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