PPPro 18V drill - short review

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Grunff wrote:

I got this last week so can't really assess the drill itself yet, but a few comments on the "package". 1) The drill instructions (online at http://www.axminster.co.uk/ftp/Manual_AW180CD.pdf ) say "Note that some RAPID chargers require a "rest" period between charges, read the instruction
manual concerning your specific charger to see if this is the case" But of course there are no separate charger instructions. 2) You need a screwdriver to pry out the driver bits from the moulded plastic carry-case. 3) They also supply a free box of screwdriver bits which contains an odd assortment of sizes; three flat, two each of pozi #1 and #3, and twenty (!) pozi #2.
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All credit to Axminster for being honest about the source:
Jiangsu Jinding Electric Tools Group Co. www.jinding.com
So they're knocking out 12 million tools - blimey. No wonder they all look the same. When people say they all come from that factory in china, well it's true.
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That is why most of them are all the same. This Axminster only has a different type of battery. I would go for the Wickes 18v or 14.4v drills. The same, much cheaper and a better guarantee.
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Grunff,
May not be what you're looking for since it doesn't hammer, but Wickes have cut the price of the 15.6V Kress ABS156 from 125 to 75 (this isn't the non-Kress 14.4 hammer at 75). Bought one of these a few weeks ago and it got sustained and heavy use for a fortnight. Turned out to be a really nice piece of kit. The automatic spindle lock's one of those features you don't want to be without once you've used it. Felt the battery life could be better but as I say it was really getting some stick, and the spare and 1-hr charger got round that. There's a magazine review of it on Kress's website.
Incidentally, at the cheapie end, there's a decent 14.4V 1.7Ah drill driver kicking around under various names. I got the PPPro screw gun version with two batteries (no chuck) for 40, and the DP Tools rebadged drill version from Focus (bundled with a clone of the PPPro Rotozip) for 40 the pair. There's no variable speed on the DP version (contrary to what it says in the instructions) but it's pretty nifty at whacking in big screws. The Champion version from Focus is another variation and I think they've just knocked twenty quid off the price. Dunno who makes it but it's the one with the slide battery pack so may be a different manufacturer to the other PPPro drills - certainly feels better than the 18volters I fondled in the local branch.
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mike wrote:

Thanks for your thoughts Mike. Unfortunately, cordless hammer is something which I really do need; there are some occasions when I can't trail a lead to use my SDS.
I ordered the Axminster 24V White. <http://www.axminster.co.uk/default.asp?part=AW240CD
It arrived today, and is going back tomorrow. I'm really disappointed with the overall quality. The gear selector is very sloppy, there's huge amounts of play in the torque selector, the forward/reverse switch doesn't have nicely defined positions, etc.
It actually makes the PPPro tool look really good in comparison! The only thing it has over the PPPro is a good speed controller.
After my disappointment, I realised that I was being silly - I'd completely overlooked Bosch. This is particularly odd since most of my power tools are Bosch.
B&Q are currently doing the Bosch PSB24VE at 95, which sounds like a pretty good deal to me. I know a lot of people here don't rate the Bosch green range, but I have quite a few tools out of that range, all of which get used regularly, and I've yet to have a problem.
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I have recently taken delivery of an 18V White cordless - exactly the opposite problem - the gearbox selector is stiffer than... well... a stiff thing. Even if you try to follow the instructions to "rotate the chuck a little so that the gears line up". However, apart from that it appears reasonable so far, and was within the budget. I nearly went for a non-hammer 12V Makita having used a few in the past and been impressed, but tbh I'm going to need the cordless hammer too often.
Hwyl!
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A cordless SDS and a 12v drill/driver is the best option, if mains are not available.
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