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Drywallers: Save up to $1964.02 and 144 hours on your next job

Drywallers: Save up to $1964.02 and 144 hours on your next job

We understand that as a new drywaller, without a lot of money holed up in the bank, it can be hard to justify spending that hard-earned cash on semi-automatic and automatic finishing tools. However, when we see people hand-finishing their drywall, it’s hard for us not to think that these drywallers are throwing away a lot of their money and time. That’s why today, we wanted to take a look at how much, if any, you’d save with our CanAm Starter Kit.

According to field-tested research, and after consulting industry experts, it takes two people approximately four and a half eight hour days with semi-automatic finishing tools to finish a 2400 sq. ft. house, which equals 36 hours each, for a grand total of 72 hours. With hand-taping and hand-finishing, it can take 2-3 times as long, but they don’t pay upfront for the tools.

Which is cheaper? Let’s break it down:

PAYSCALE: The average drywaller makes (approximately) 23 / h in the United States, according to the United States Department of Labour and 1 Salary.

DIMENSIONS: 2,400 sq. ft. house.

With the CanAm Starter Kit

The Starter Kit is $259.99 and includes…

There’s an initial cost of $259.99 + $23 / h for two drywallers.

The two drywallers each work an approximate 36 hours, which means there’s a total 72 hours worked.

$23 / h multiplied by 72 = $1656 + $259.99 + $259.99 (the initial investment of the two starter kits for two employees).

That is a grand total of $2175.98.

The Old Fashioned Way: Hand Finishing

With hand-finishing, there’s 0 initial cost, but the total hours worked is 2-3 times as long.

72 hours multiplied by 2-3 (then multiplied by $23/h) is anywhere between $3312 - $4968.

We’ll take the middle ground and go with $4140.

Conclusion: Hand-finishing takes between 2-3 times as long and costs 1.5 to 2 times as much.

With the CanAm Starter Kit, it’s possible to save $1964.02 in labour costs and 108 hours of time worked, which translates into more money, and more time to make more money.

Which would you choose?  

So, if it’s cheaper and saves you time, why do many drywallers still refuse to use automatic tools? Here’s our best guesses:

  • There’s a learning curve
  • It takes a few jobs to become proficient, where it might not feel worth the investment
  • They’re scared by the price of a set up.

What do you think?