Screwdriver Auto Feeder

Restrictor nozzle

When laying gypsum plasterboard sheets, in the case of large volumes of work, one can often see how professionals, without turning off the screwdriver, wrap up several dozen self-tapping screws without a break. Looking closely, you can see that they are fed to a rotating bit, tucked into a special plastic clip. Such a tape screwdriver at work is somewhat reminiscent of an equipped machine gun. The feed mechanism in it works on a similar principle.

A highly specialized unit is designed for screwing standard screws into drywall and other surfaces to a given depth. Turns into a tape after installing on the head nozzles with feeder Bosch MA 55 Professional. By the way, it is also suitable for the BOSCH GSR 6. 45 TE and 6. 60 TE models.

The model differs in operational durability, reliability, reasonable design, design and ergonomics, characteristic for the entire instrument of the trademark. The 700 Watt motor provides stable operation with standard fasteners on soft and medium density materials. Power is supplied from the network. The weight of the unit is about 1.4 kg.

I am glad that there are clips on the body for carrying on a suspension. A wide button with a lock is convenient for pressing in any position of the hand. Adjustable engine speed from 0 to 4500. It is worth noting that the drilling function is not provided. The inside diameter of a hex under a bat is 1/4 of an inch. But in combination with the nozzle, the unit quickly turns into a tape screwdriver. It is traditionally completed with auxiliary accessories and a carrying case.

Other manufacturers went by equipping the standard model of a screwdriver with a removable feed mechanism. So, in addition to Bosch MA 55, there are similar units from Kress (SMV), Metabo (SM 5–55), Hilti (SMD 57). The principle of operation is similar for all models. The tape is pulled by pressing the movable nozzle nozzle to the working surface of the material.

Screwing occurs contact when the engine is constantly running. Like Bosch MA 55 Professional, the models from Kress, Metabo and Hilti are compatible with their class representatives of the same type. The advantage of such models to specialists using the tool for different purposes is obvious. Drywall tape screwdriver can be assembled from a standard basic model by attaching a quick-detachable nozzle, purchased separately.

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The main role of the limiter nozzle for a screwdriver is to control the depth of screw fastening so that the drywall layer is not damaged by a self-tapping screw.

The restrictive nozzle is made of durable steel. It can be used both on cordless and network screwdrivers. With the help of an adjustable support, the device can be adjusted to different screw-in lengths. 20-55mm. The drilling depth is adjusted with a knurled roller without additional devices.

Automatic feed of the tape, instant switching of screws from the tape to individual screws is performed without an additional tool.

An open transport wheel prevents dust from entering during drilling, thereby ensuring a long tool life.

A rubberized steel stop and an ergonomic 45 ° swivel handle for left-handed and left-handed users allow access to any angle. With a screwdriver attachment, it is easy to operate the tool with one hand. while the second remains free.

Screwdriver head saves time and performs precise direction

Screwdriver Prebena 8A-MGS-55 with automatic feeding of fasteners. designed for tightening screws and.


Such a tool can be safely attributed to professional equipment, because during normal operations it does not suit much and is intended for frequently repeated, similar operations. By value, a tape screwdriver is superior to household models similar in characteristics. And the matter is not only in the special feeding mechanism. The devices are made with a high margin of safety because their purpose is large volumes.

You can work with such an aggregate even one. There is no need to take out a new self-tapping screw every time, push it onto the tip of the bit, hold and adjust for direction accuracy. Thanks to the curb tape, one arm is released. There is an opportunity to reliably hold the sheet until the moment when several screws can quickly fasten it to the guide planes.

Tape nozzle

Exposed screwdriver models are in two varieties:

  • Cordless screwdrivers.
  • Network screwdrivers.

Rechargeable lithium-ion cordless screwdriver

Each of these varieties has its own characteristics, and in order to make the right choice, you should carefully study them until the time of purchase.

  • Cordless screwdrivers have one significant advantage, namely mobility.
    They do not depend on the presence of voltage in the mains, so you can use such a screwdriver almost everywhere.
  • As a power source in cordless screwdrivers, lithium-ion batteries are most often used. As a rule, the battery is located in the lower part of the handle and additionally serves as a kind of balancer.
  • Most cordless screwdriver models are lightweight and compact. This is also an indisputable advantage, since it is a dubious pleasure to mount gypsum boards on the ceiling while holding a heavy instrument on weight.
  • The design of the most common cordless screwdriver models does not include a cartridge.
    The bit for twisting self-tapping screws is inserted directly into the spindle, into a socket with an internal hexagon.

How to choose a drywall screwdriver. 2 designs and a description of their features

The tape screwdriver can be structurally made with a stationary mounted feed mechanism for self-tapping screws. Such an aggregate cannot be used without curb tape. The calculation of the manufacturers of such equipment is understandable. for each type of work there should be a tool.

Another option is a removable nozzle for a conventional screwdriver. Without it, the unit can be used in the manual piece-dressing mode of each self-tapping screw. To some extent, this is beneficial. The device from a professional easily turns into a universal tool by quickly removing the “muzzle” device.

Drywall installation is not possible without a screwdriver. manually spin thousands of screws will not work

Screwdriver Auto Feeder

Professionals use tools with special nozzles to speed up the workflow even further.

As for the types of equipment, there are only two of them:

  1. Cordless screwdrivers;
  2. Network screwdrivers.

Each solution is used in certain conditions, so determine in advance the goals of using the tool and the amount of work. Remember that a screwdriver is a universal tool and with its help you can twist almost any self-tapping screw and even drill holes.

The screwdriver is perfect for drilling holes in drywall with special crowns

For work with a screwdriver, various devices are produced, which differ not only in geometric dimensions, but also in the shape of the slots. The most widespread are bits with faces of types PH and PZ. An inexperienced look will not see any special differences in them, except for additional protrusions on the instrument with the inscription PZ.

Slight non-parallelism of the PH slots (Philips) is made so that with a certain force when twisting the face it is pushed out of the head of the self-tapping screw. This shape helps the tool to self-center in the slots of the head, even when the tool is at a certain angle.

PZ bits (Pozidriv) are executed with strictly parallel faces. This shape ensures retention in the screw head for any twisting effort. Visually, these types can be distinguished by the presence of additional protrusions between the faces or small recesses on the screw head at an angle of 45 degrees with respect to the main splines.

The dimensions of the devices depend on the thickness of the screw or self-tapping screw and are rigidly attached to them. Most work with drywall and metal profiles for fixing it is performed by the second nozzle number.

Drywall screwdriver bits are exclusively issued by PH. As mentioned above, the size of bit 2. Thus, the inscription on the instrument should be Ph3.

The bits that come with the screwdriver are often not of high enough quality, so we advise you to buy them separately.

The principle of pushing the nozzle from the head of the self-tapping screw when attaching drywall does not work, since you need very little effort to make a dent on the gypsum board to the full depth. In order to work with ordinary bits correctly, some experience is needed when fixing plasterboard sheets.

To simplify the work and eliminate rejects, bits were created for drywall with a screw depth limiter. The principle of operation of the limiter is that when a certain depth of twisting is reached, the nozzle of the limiter abuts against the outside of the panel and causes the edges to slip in the head of the self-tapping screw.

When working with nozzles of a different shape than the shape of the slots of the self-tapping screw, the plane of their contact will be incomplete. Because of this, the following are possible:

  • quick wear;
  • disruption of the slots of the self-tapping screw;
  • poor retention of the screw on the nozzle at the beginning of twisting.

As a rule, those devices that come with a screwdriver have a rather low quality of workmanship and serve only to familiarize with the capabilities of the tool. All quality add-ons must be purchased separately.

Good nozzles have corrugations on work surfaces. The presence of grooves allows the head of the screw to be held tightly on the nozzle at any of its positions. Some bits are sprayed onto titanium nitride surfaces. Such a tool has a yellow color. Titanium nitride gives the treated surface a very high wear resistance.

Magnetic nozzles hold the self-tapping screw even with significant wear on the working surfaces.

A gypsum board bat with a limiter can also have anti-wear spraying and magnetic properties.

A bit with a limiter for the installation of gypsum plasterboards is a special type of nozzles that do not allow self-tapping, when it is twisted with a drill or screwdriver, to damage the gypsum plaster. The limiter resembles a cup, the dimensions of which are larger than the head of the bit. When twisting, the protective element rests on the sheet and does not allow the cap to penetrate into the body of the GCR. Thanks to such a limiter, the master can not worry that there will be a constriction of the self-tapping screw.

Work with the use of nozzles with a restrictive element is significantly accelerated, since the need for wasting time to constantly check the quality of fasteners disappears. The only thing that is necessary is the minimum experience and skills of working with the tool, because it is impossible to screw the screws with your own hands: for this you need to use a drill or a screwdriver.

You should be aware that limit bits are produced for different types of materials, and this is indicated by the marking on the product. If the work will be carried out with gypsum plaster, then the nozzle must be selected specifically for this type of building material, otherwise the likelihood that the sheet will be damaged is significantly increased.

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It is also necessary to ensure that the markings of the bits and caps of the self-tapping screw match. Otherwise, the operation will be inconvenient, in addition, screws, nozzles and even an electrical appliance may be damaged.

Network Screwdrivers

Unlike cordless models, drywall power screwdrivers are mainly used by professionals. Accordingly, the price of such tools is much higher.

TEMP DE-1000 network screwdriver: one of the budget models

Network models of screwdrivers are not equipped with batteries, since their power would require an excessively large and heavy battery. Such screwdrivers are equipped with a fairly long (5 meters or more) power cord, which must be connected to an outlet.

My workshop. Drywall mounting bits. Holder with release clutch

On the video, a cordless screwdriver ShV2-6RE., Power 500 watts. Bit holder with trip clutch, inscription.

8A-MGS-55 screwdriver (cordless)

Screwdriver Prebena 8A-MGS-55 with automatic feeding of fasteners. designed for tightening screws and.

In addition to the method of generating energy, network screwdrivers differ from cordless ones in the following:

  • Instead of a torque-regulating coupling, network models of screwdrivers are equipped with a torque-depth coupling. At the same time, when the fasteners reach the specified depth, the spindle is automatically disengaged. so there is no risk of “pulling” the self-tapping screw.
  • As a rule, such screwdrivers are characterized by high speed. up to 6 thousand revolutions per minute. This allows you to perform the casing as quickly as possible, which is very convenient for large volumes of work.


The volume of the tape is 50 screws. This is the calculated amount for securely mounting a standard drywall sheet in any position. Having equipped a tape with a screwdriver, you can confidently proceed with installation. The tool has good ergonomics: a convenient handle allows you to work for a long time, and you quickly get used to its grip.

The belt mount allows you to quickly free your hands and at the same time, the tool is always at hand. The control buttons are conveniently located. The nose of the feed head tape is narrowed, which allows you to put corner fasteners in the immediate vicinity of the wall.

The cordless cordless screwdriver gives you even more freedom of action. There is no need to control the length of the carrier, worry that you can trip over a network cable. This is especially important when working with scaffolding at high altitudes. However, you will have to pay extra for mobility, because battery models are more expensive.

My workshop. Drywall mounting bits. Holder with release clutch

The second is a drywall bit. In fact, it is part of a screwdriver and is a head for screwing screws. Bits can be of different types, but a cross-shaped option is needed to work with GKL sheets. By the way, the main rule when carrying out installation works of the sheets themselves is not to pull the screw. Therefore, today manufacturers offer limiter bits.

As you can see, there are not so few tools for installing drywall: knives, rollers, bits, level, crown. and they all matter. No wonder at first it was said about the impressive size of the briefcase. Of course, there are primary devices among them, such as a screwdriver, a puncher, there are less significant ones. a cutter, pincers, a crown or an edge planer. But a professional should all have one.

If any of you have any questions about this or that device, about how to use them, our experts are ready to explain everything in the comments.

On the video, a cordless screwdriver ShV2-6RE., Power 500 watts. Bit holder with trip clutch, inscription.


Leading manufacturers of screwdrivers, as a rule, present a line of professional tools in a separate direction. Makita, Metabo, Dewalt, Bosh are companies whose products can be safely recommended for responsible work. Their tape screwdrivers work with 25. 55 mm screws. Senco Duraspin DS 275 and Makita BFR 750 RFE are units that are capable of wrapping screws up to 75 mm in length in tape mode.

All models have an adjustment of the immersion of the screw head. There is the possibility of a reverse stroke. And there is no need to manually fill in the wrong screwed screw. Adjusting the engine speed allows you to most accurately adjust to the operating mode. The refueling mechanism is implemented as simple as possible. When working at different angles, the cassette tape does not twist.

Manufacturers are experimenting with the design of the handle shape, trying to balance the tool for professional work. The Bosch GSR 6-45 tape screwdriver with a nozzle has the usual shape for “household” models. The center of gravity of the tool with a staple-shaped D-shaped handle is offset, which makes it possible to perfectly balance the unit and maintain the natural position of the drywall hand during operation.

Useful fixtures

In fact, a screwdriver is a fairly versatile tool, and working with drywall sheathing is only one of many of its purposes (see also how to sheathe a ceiling with drywall). But today there are quite a few devices that are designed to optimize the work of a screwdriver with gypsum boards.

Among such devices should be mentioned:

To assemble the frame, you will need electrical and manual devices. The main one is a perforator. With its help, mounting holes are drilled on surfaces made of durable material (concrete, brick, and so on). The hammer must be professional, because they have to drill a lot. A low-quality model will quickly fail.

The hammer should be comfortable, it should lie well in the hand. They usually wall plugs are driven into the wall and ceiling. Metal scissors are used when trimming metal profiles. In this case, you will need ordinary scissors, which are often used for cutting profiles. And also small in size for working in hard to reach places.

For cutting, you can use a circular saw for metal. If the volume of work performed is large enough, then it is simply necessary.

And another tool that is used infrequently is the screener. They can quickly make holes in the profiles. Most often it is used when there is a need to make holes for electrical wiring in drywall partitions. A tool similar to a notch is pliers for joining two profiles using the riveting method.

Types and principle of work

Drywall in the house

Today, many people use drywall for interior decoration of walls and ceilings. This modern material allows you to take a fresh look at the room and make it a real work of art.

The use of drywall in the decoration of rooms has many advantages, one of which is the ability to assemble and finish structures with your own hands. It is enough to familiarize yourself with step-by-step instructions in order to quickly and efficiently implement all your ideas. But when working with drywall sheets, you need to know certain nuances in order not to damage the gypsum board and install it correctly. In order for the installation of drywall sheets to go correctly, a special device should be used in this process. a bat with a limiter.

  • 1 Review
  • 2 Purpose
  • 3 Rules for selection
  • 4 Application Features

Screwing self-tapping screws into drywall with your own hands requires the presence of certain, at least minimal skills, for working with power tools necessary for their twisting. When working with this material, a special nozzle should be used. This device is called a bit with a special limiter.

Note! For the installation of drywall sheets, use only special nozzles designed specifically for this material.

In this situation, it is necessary to use a product with a limiter. This bit is a standard nozzle, which is mounted on the limiter. In the process of screwing it into the sheet, this limiter begins to abut against the surface of the drywall, which allows it to be screwed in so that it is recessed to the desired depth in the material.

As a result, the situation is avoided when the self-tapping head caps will rise above the surface of the sheets. As a result, the process of screwing in the screws does not need to be controlled and you can safely use a screwdriver to fasten sheets of material. This is a very important detail in a situation when you do the installation of a frame device with your own hands and their subsequent sheathing with plasterboard plates.


The bit, as a fastener, carries out the direct screwing of a self-tapping screw into the material used by the builder. The presence of a limiter in its composition will maximize the process and cope with the task in a relatively short time period. Since when installing drywall, it is necessary to screw in not one or even two self-tapping screws, the use of such a special device will be very useful.

Note! When choosing a bit so that it optimizes the screwing process, it is necessary to clearly know its parameters so that the choice is correct. Using a product suitable for another material will make your work uncomfortable, and the sheets themselves may be damaged.

Selection rules

bit Ph3

In the construction market, there is a rather impressive selection of nozzles that are designed for specific materials. Therefore, when choosing a bit, you should pay attention to the following parameters:

  • what building material is it intended for:
  • type, as well as the presence of a limiter or its absence;
  • the diameter of the screw used in the installation;

Note! When working with any type of gypsum board, self-tapping screws with a diameter of 3.5 mm are most often used. over, they have the usual cruciform slippers.

  • type of slotted screws. In this case, not only their type, but also their size should be evaluated.

Most often, when working with GCR, experienced builders recommend using the Ph3 bit. It is ideal for self-tapping screws with a diameter of 3.5 mm and crosswise slots. In a situation where, for installation purposes, self-tapping screws having eight-beam slots are used, then you should choose the PZ type taking into account the size of the fastener.

In other situations, the choice of nozzle should be carried out according to the above parameters. So your installation work will be quick and efficient.

Using bits in installation has some nuances:

  • when using bits, a special magnetic holder can greatly simplify installation. It occupies an intermediate place between the self-tapping screw and the product with a limiter;
  • quality control of the product is carried out by “dipping” it into a bunch of self-tapping screws. If only one self-tapping screw was kept on it, it is better not to use such a nozzle. A good result is the retention of three elements;
  • select the product only on the basis of the fasteners purchased for installation.

As you can see, it will be practically impossible to do without this device when carrying out installation work with your own hands to install GCR on various kinds of frame structures. In addition, the correct selection of nozzles will make your work much faster and better, which is a positive way of rigidity of the structure being constructed.

In principle, almost any screwdriver can do for a small amount of drywall work.

But if you are planning large-scale work, or are engaged in plastering walls and ceilings on a professional basis, then you need to select the most convenient tool:

  • For large volumes of work, it is better to purchase network models, since batteries are very quickly discharged during active operation.
    An alternative may be to purchase a spare battery: while you are working on one battery, the second is charged from the mains.

Note! The longer the cord, the easier it will be to work with it. The length of 7.5 meters, as a rule, is enough for almost any room.

Work with an automatic screwdriver

  • The weight of the screwdriver is another very important factor when choosing a model for drywall work. Most of the time, a screwdriver will have to be kept on weight, because you should choose a model, as they say, by hand.
  • If possible, choose small screwdrivers. Working with such a device greatly facilitates the screwing of screws in hard-to-reach places.

Well, you should not forget about such a parameter as the convenience of the model. That is why we recommend choosing a screwdriver not only according to parameters, but also according to individual sensations, because with a conveniently sitting tool in your hand, the work will be done much faster and better!

Anyone who is professionally engaged in drywall repair work knows that having a bulk case with tools is a must for a qualified job. By the way, the suitcase, it turns out, is impressive. Many ordinary people do not suspect which tool for drywall is required. Consider these aspects in more detail at the stages of the work.

The main work with the drywall sheets themselves is their trimming according to size and shape. To do this, you can use either an electric tool or a manual one. An electric jigsaw is typically used as a power tool for cutting drywall. With its help, the process itself speeds up, the edge is cut exactly without chips. In addition, only they can cut the GCR sheet under a certain shape (create a radius, cut an angular structure or polygonal).

If the sheets are cut in one line, then it is worth using a knife for cutting drywall. It must be sharp to cut through a thick layer of cardboard. It can be a regular paint special knife. In principle, there is no difference in their application.

A drywall planer also belongs to the category for cutting. Its purpose is to clean the edges of gypsum plaster sheets, plus trimming the edges to create a bevel. If you need to make a hole in the sheet for a lamp, a socket, a switch, a pipeline, you need a crown on drywall. It is used as an addition to the drill.

Drywall needle roller is used only when there is a need to give the sheet an arched shape. At the same time, water is applied to the GCR sheet, and so that it penetrates well and quickly into the body of the gypsum layer, it is necessary to walk along the surface with a roller. With his needles, he makes the smallest recesses, along which the water penetrates deep into.

The choice of a suitable drywall screwdriver is not an easy task. When covering the surface with drywall, different tools are used. a puncher, a drill, scissors for metal, a saw on drywall, etc. But one of the main ones is a screwdriver. designed to secure the skin on the frame. A correctly selected professional tool can significantly speed up and facilitate installation, so you need to purchase it with all responsibility.

The construction market offers two types of screwdrivers. cordless and network.

Cordless models are valued for mobility, as they are not tied to a power source, which means that you can use such a tool in any conditions.

The power source in such screwdrivers is lithium-ion batteries, which are located in the lower part of the handle and act as an additional balance.

Most cordless screwdrivers are compact and lightweight, which is a definite plus, as holding a heavy tool during long-term installation is not easy.

Shop for a screwdriver is easy to use and significantly saves time

If the amount of cladding is small, you can take any model.

However, to work at a professional level, the tool should be convenient:

  • Network models are preferred. since the batteries during continuous operation are quickly discharged or completely fail;
  • an alternative is to purchase a spare battery. so that it is possible to recharge one battery while the other is in operation, but it is not always possible to find a battery for an outdated screwdriver model;
  • An important detail is the cord length of the power screwdriver. 7.5 m long is enough for any room.
  • rotation speed. professional installation involves the use of screwdrivers with a speed of up to 1,500 rpm. for GCR, a frequency of 300-500 rpm is quite enough ;
  • an automatic screwdriver with self-tapping screws should be acquired with the appropriate skill, if there is no experience, it is preferable to use a standard magnetic cue ball;
  • the weight of the tool is another important argument of choice: since the screwdriver is kept on weight all the time, you need to select it “by hand”;

Marking tool

The first stage of working with drywall is marking under a metal frame. And it doesn’t matter which surface the GKL will be finished (ceiling, wall), put the frame in the planes, and accordingly the sheets themselves. the main requirement for repair.

Currently, two marking tools are mainly used for attaching drywall:

  • A plumb line is a string with a load on the end. With its help, the vertical is set.
  • A level is a bar with an air bubble in a liquid. They set the horizontal.

Increasingly, masters use more modern devices. For example, a laser level, with the help of which it is guaranteed that you can mark up any planes. It is fast and convenient.

Roulette is not the latest tool when carrying out drywall works. Experts recommend purchasing a long tape measure with a wide blade. It would be nice if it is equipped with a magnetic nozzle.

recently, the paint cord was one of the main tools for working with drywall. And if there is no laser level, then without it it will be difficult.