The Makita Cordless 18V Drywall Screwdriver (model XSF03) updates the discontinued XSF01 in several key areas. The tool drops almost 2-inches off the length and adds a new brushless motor. It also features Push Drive, so the motor starts only when you actually engage the fastener. Add the optional or packaged 199145-0 Makita collated auto-feed screwdriver magazine, and you can drive strip screws from 1 to 2-3/16 inches.

While that’s impressive, what’s new about the system is the Makita collated autofeed screwdriver magazine. It takes an already excellent tool and makes you that much more productive by quickly auto feeding screws with a design that gets you into tight corners.

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With the new Makita collated autofeed screwdriver magazine, you get more than just the ability to auto-feed strip screws (although that in its own right is great to have!). Makita starts by keeping a reasonably compact design at 8-7/8 inches long.

More importantly, this $99 magazine rotates 360º and locks in any of 8 positions. When you’re working in a tight or awkward corner, it’s a lifesaver.

To install it, you need to remove the nose and bit that comes with the drywall screwdriver first. Install either the Phillips or square driver bit, lock the magazine in place, load up your first strip of screws, and set your depth.

Features matter on a cordless drywall screw gun. The standout feature on this tool has got to be the Push Drive system. When you lock-on the tool, simply engage the fastener to drive the tool. This keeps you from wasting the battery on a needlessly spinning chuck. We’re seeing this feature pop up in most current-gen drywall screw guns, but Makita’s been using it since 2014 on this model.

A cordless drywall gun also has to be durable, and it needs to run long enough to get the job done. Makita solves the latter by claiming a 5Ah battery will fasten more than 2,300 1-1/4 inch screws to 20 ga. steel studs. Makita has one of the fastest battery charging systems on the market. If you do run out of juice, you’re back up in just 45 minutes. Carry two batteries, or buy the Makita XSF03TX2 kit and you should have continuous use.

If keeping the weight down is your game, cycle 2.0 Ah batteries. You’ll get somewhere north of 900 screws and the batteries charge even faster.

For durability, Makita built in an aluminum gear housing with all metal gears within. The brushless motor also removes a significant wear point (brushes). Finally, while Makita doesn’t claim any IPXX numbers, they do make a point of saying this tool provides specific dust and water resistance.

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The Makita XSF03TX2 kit seems like the way to go. It includes the 199145-0 collated autofeed screwdriver magazine along with a bag, charger, and two 5Ah battery packs. You can pick it up for $349.

When he's not remodeling part of his house or playing with the latest power tool, Clint enjoys life as a husband, father, and avid reader. He has a degree in recording engineering and has been involved in multimedia and/or online publishing in one form or another for the past 21 years. In 2008, Clint founded Pro Tool Reviews followed by the landscape and outdoor power equipment-focused OPE Reviews in 2017. Clint also heads up the Pro Tool Innovation Awards, an annual awards program honoring innovative tools and accessories across the trades.

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