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Collated Screws

Collated Screws – A Beginner’s Guide

What is a collated screw? How do you use it? And which screw is suitable for your project? Here’s our guide.

What are collated screws?

To ‘collate’ is to collect or combine, and that perfectly describes collated screws. Rather than supplied in boxes of loose screws, the steel or stainless steel screws are gathered together on a long strip, like bullets in a machine gun belt.

Benefits of collated screws

Certain types of collated screw are particularly suited to certain applications, but all collated screws offer one major advantage over their loose counterparts: speed. On major projects, think of the amount of time lost to scooping up handfuls of screws, picking up the ones you drop, orientating them the right way, locating the screwdriver or drive bit in the screw head and so on.

Collated screws are held uniformly on a single strip, dramatically reducing drive time. We’ve heard plenty of tradesmen say that the time savings from just one job paid for the collated screwdriver. So whilst the strips of screws cost a little more than loose ones, it can be an investment that’s well worth making.

Speed, productivity and efficiency aren’t the only benefit ether. They’re far less demanding than a manual or even electric screwdriver, helping to keep wrist tendon and strain injuries at bay as you drive each screw into wood, flooring, decking and drywall.

How to use collated screws

For specific instructions, please refer to your manufacturer’s handbook. In general, however, and depending on driver type, you would:

  • Select the correct nosepiece. You may have alternatives for collated drywall screws and collated wood screws.
  • Load the correct bit. Some collated chipboard screws, for example, offer a choice of Phillips or square drive.
  • Check the heads of the screws you are about to use are resting on the holding tape. Screws that sit proud of the tape could jam your driver.
  • Select the correct screw length on your driver.
  • Feed the collated screw strip into the housing
  • Replace any safety guards or screens
  • Press the trigger, then press the nose of the driver down onto the material being worked in a smooth action. Don’t remove the driver from the worksurface until you feel the clutch disengage.

Types of collated screws

Collated drywall screws: In fine or coarse thread, with a bugle head for even stress distribution to protect the drywall surface.

Collated self-drilling screws: No pilot holes required with these self-drilling screws, which makes fixing faster.

Collated decking/wood screws: Designed for exterior use and a secure fix with individual innovations (depending on brand) to prevent splitting the wood (Timco) or for fast, easy driving (Senco)

Collated flooring screws: Countersunk screw for a flush finish and greater stability, with a square drive for faster fixing and fewer cam-outs.

Collated chipboard screws: Coarse threaded screws for easier driving and fewer jams in chipboard/particle board applications.

Collated stainless steel screws: A durable collated screw, ideal for moist or humid conditions.

Buy collated screws at Tradefix Direct

No other UK collated screw supplier offers a better combination of range, quality and value. Order your collated screws now or, if you’re not sure which is the right screw for your application, call us on 0161 794 1783. We’ll be happy to help.