drywall screws - cheap vs expensive

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Old 07-02-19, 10:37 PM
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drywall screws - cheap vs expensive

In the big orange box store today and see that a pound of drywall screws can be had for under $3 or for what looks the same but different brand for $8. Anyone know what's going on? All appear to be simple black coated phosphate.
 
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Old 07-03-19, 04:01 AM
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There are definitely some differences in brands of screws, mainly where I have seen it is not so much in the body of the screw but in the heads where some strip out easier if you're not exactly square with your driver. You might look up that particular store online and see what they show because the pricing can vary by location, but for one store to have that much of a swing I would guess that someone labeled some of them incorrectly.
 
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Old 07-03-19, 05:08 AM
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I've had some screws snap in half when running them into old growth yellow pine while others do it without problem. I'd say there can be a huge variation in the quality of steel used. Some might even be hardened.
 
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Old 07-03-19, 06:32 AM
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Thanks for the input. I have had a few snap in the past but usually when I was doing something stupid. There are a few different ones showing on line. Example of #6 1-1/4" coarse thread:

$2.98 Grip-Rite - https://www.homedepot.com/p/Grip-Rit...DWS1/100152392
$7.97 Grabber - https://www.homedepot.com/p/Pro-Twis...1141/301358334

The first shows in stock at my store with "new lower price" but then trying to show nearby stores it says not in stock.
 
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Old 07-03-19, 06:51 AM
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I've used GripRite screws in the past and don't remember any issues with them although I was thinking they cost more than that.
 
 

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