The Different Types of Automatic Drywall Tools

They say the best investment in life are tools of the trade. But which tools and how do they improve the trade? Let’s take a closer look at the different types of automatic drywall tools and how they speed up the installation process.

This infographic shows the different types of automatic drywall tools which are tools specially designed to speed up the installation process while greatly reducing work fatigue. This allows drywall professionals to maximize their productivity and increase profitability.

A banjo simultaneously applies joint compound and tape to flat, ceiling, and internal seams. Ideal for small or infrequent projects. A bazooka also applies mud and tape to drywall joints but is better suited for large or frequent projects. A flat box (also known as a “mud box”) finishes taped drywall joints, applying skimming coats with featured edges for a precise crown. Automatic flat boxes can apply skim coats with featured edges to drywall joints without operator force. The mud pump fills all automatic taping and finishing tools with the use of a pump-action handle and box filler or gooseneck attachment. The box filler valve attaches to the mud pump and fills flat boxes and corner boxes. The gooseneck attaches to the mud pump and fills bazooka automatic tapers. A mud applicator tube is semi-automatic and works like a syringe, sucking joint compound with the pull of a handle. Simply attach an angle head or corner glazer to remove excess joint compound while feathering the edges for a professional finish. A corner box delivers joint compound to the angle head or corner glazer attachments when finishing corners or internal angles. A nailspotter is a small flat box that comes in 2-inch and 3-inch widths perfect for filling nail and screw indentations with a single pass. A corner roller embeds tape securely to internal or external angles and corners, removing excess joint compound. Great for working with cornerbead. An angle head removes excess joint compound, leaving a smooth glaze and featured edges. A drywall sander prepares drywall for painting by smoothing out uneven joint compound at seams, holes and corners. Comes with a shop-vacuum attachment to collect drywall dust particles that are dangerous when inhaled.
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Automatic Taping versus Finishing Tools

As you can see, automatic drywall tools come in two main categories: taping and finishing. You will see this distinction often when browsing the different brands and tools online. Automatic taping tools include the banjo and bazooka which apply mud and tape simultaneously to help streamline the taping process. These are often referred to as automatic tapers.

Automatic finishing tools include everything from flat boxes to nailspotters to drywall sanders which are all designed to achieve a professional-level finish. As you become more familiar with the different tools and applications, you can begin to pinpoint how to incorporate automation into your workflow.

In Conclusion

So, there you have it – the tools of the trade. Now that you’re familiar with the different types of automatic drywall tools and how they speed up the installation process, check out Are Automatic Drywall Tools Worth It? where we explore why these high-powered tools become an essential part of every drywall finisher’s tool set.

If you’re new to automatic tools, then you’ve come to the right place. We publish helpful content every month to help you make the right choice for you and your business. To find out more about the advantages of going automatic, check out The 7 Benefits of Automatic Drywall Tools.

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