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  1. Phil

    Phil Plumber

    Makita DFR550Z 18V Li-ion Auto-feed Screwdriver - BODY ONLY (4000rpm) | Powertools2u

    I knew the reviews were bad for this screwgun but I put them down to user error as I never seem to have the same problems as most guys but upon using this today its clear they were right. Its truly horrible, it cams out all the time and doesn't seem to fire straight, its a shame because it feels well built.

    Been in the cold garage for 2 hrs and wasted about 300 collated screws.

    No way am I using that again, I'd emailed Powertools2U just now explaining my problems, they say they have a 25% restocking fee but as this is not fit for purpose it seems unfair.
    I'd put it on ebay but they'd probably just send it back!

    I have no consumer rights because on my invoice it says PR Plumbing.
  2. Billy Bob Bob

    Billy Bob Bob Guest

    What makes you think you have no consumer rights?
  3. Phil

    Phil Plumber

    If its business to business you have less rights than a consumer as I understand it?
  4. Billy Bob Bob

    Billy Bob Bob Guest

    Not 100% certain,but if its not fit for the purpose intended that law does not apply
  5. gassafe

    gassafe Plumber GSR

    Its faulty, request a full refund or replacement
  6. Ray Stafford

    Ray Stafford Guest

    Phil is right that a business to business purchase (known as B2B) does not enjoy the same statutory protections as a business to consumer purchase (B2C).

    However, B2B customer still have contract law on their side, as well as a very powerful lobbying power (as made clear by this forum).

    So whilst Phil can't use the same legal remedies as a retail customer, that does not mean that he is without legal remedies. They are just different.
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  7. Chalked

    Chalked Plumber GSR

    I have the Same gun.. Sent it back after first use. It wouldn't put a single screw in...!!

    Turns out, I had it in reverse! Why did they put a reverse on? It can't take screws back out,

    After the embarrassing pick up from the merchant, it's been very good .
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  8. Phil

    Phil Plumber

    Thanks Ray, lets see what happens when I hear back tomorrow. I'd be happy with a credit note for something I can use.
  9. Phil

    Phil Plumber

    Chalked, do you use yours for Hardiebacker boards? That's what I need it for but this thing just slips and makes a dreadful noise, every few screws it puts them in fine but then goes off again.
  10. Chalked

    Chalked Plumber GSR

    It's no good for Hardie. You will snap a good quality impact bit on that stuff, trying to drive them straight in. Plus the screws are mild steel! They will rust. You will need to pilot drill the holes. Then use turbogold screws and adhesive.
  11. Phil

    Phil Plumber

    Ever since Kyle on the tiler forum mentioned he uses his Hilti screwgun for Hardiebacker and he gets a sheet down in 10 seconds I became obsessed with trying to achieve this, those Senco flooring screws are more or less the sa me as Turbo golds eg zinc plated.
  12. Chalked

    Chalked Plumber GSR

    Agree. The senco screws are very good. I'm a member on there too and I don't think he uses Hardie. It's no more ply. Very similar, but a lot softer. Personally, I hate cement backer boards. Insulation boards, like marmox, wedi board etc, are far easier to cut and give some degree of uncoupling the tiles from the floor.
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  13. gmartine

    gmartine GSR

    Sounds like a joke you fell for mate, you've as much chance screwing straight into brick than getting through Hardibacker without pre-drilling.
  14. Phil

    Phil Plumber

    The Makita gun does fire them in, its just if you get the angle a fraction off it chews the heads up.

    I'm realising now after another go on it there is definatly a knack to it.

    Nobody pre drills Hardie do they? I normally screw my Turbogolds straight it.

    Interesting Chalked, I wonder why my tile shop only sell Hardie..
  15. Phil

    Phil Plumber

  16. Chalked

    Chalked Plumber GSR

    Interesting Chalked, I wonder why my tile shop only sell Hardie..[/QUOTE]
    Try your local CTD, they stock thier own brand of insulation boards. Trust me, once you use them, you won't go back to cutting dusty cement boards.

    Cement boards do have a place though. When you need to make the floor a bit more rigid.

    Back to the screw gun. I presume you were pulling the trigger befor making contact.
  17. NickH

    NickH Active Member

    I've got the same gun but in 240v, it's a piece of garbage I reckon.
    It's forever misdriving screws and then when you get the inevitable jam it's nigh on impossible to get the screw out without a massive battle with a pair of long nose pliers.
    I've got a Senco cordless which is so much better.
    Also now got a Senco 240v which is far superior to the Makita.
  18. Phil

    Phil Plumber

    Yes pulling trigger keeping it held, really wish I'd bought the dewalt now but seemed a shame to buy into another battery system.

    Don't have a CDT anywhere near..just an indepentant and a tile Giant.
  19. ShaunCorbs

    ShaunCorbs S. Mod Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Heard some good reviews on the Bosch or hilti's ones
  20. gmartine

    gmartine GSR

    Well yes I do but then I don't use it that often and it's usually the 12mm hardi directly on stud which is perhaps over the top but rock solid, I guess you're talking about the 6mm hardi but I'm happy to be corrected or proven wrong.
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