Ok, I've narrowed things down a bit after doing some digging. Currently
Twin speed drill with chuck, 24Nm
90Nm impact driver
Two 10.8v Li bats
Single speed drill, no chuck, 18Nm
100Nm impact driver
Two 10.8v Li bats
Twin speed drill with chuck, 30Nm
125Nm impact driver
Three 12v 1.3Ah Ni-Cd bats
Views? As much as I like the look of the bosch, I think I want a real chuck
(and yes, I could get one to add but that's another 20 quid and is a bit of
a bodge). So I'm down to the two Makitas - one seems to be the new shiny Li
batteries, one the old world Ni-Cds (although 3 Ni-Cds).
Am I right in thinking the White Makita range (the first option) is the
new "budget" range from Mak? I'm tempted by the third option even though
it's a little more than I really wanted to spend... Help!
I don't think the Makita white colour signifies that it is a budget range.
They did an Anniversary Special of the 18V Li combi drill which is the same
price (maybe even a fiver dearer) than the blue version.
Before going for the Makita 10.8V twin pack I considered how I use my
existing tools. I was also considering the Makita 18V Li BHP452RFX
I currently I have:-
Bosch (green) 12V drill driver.
Part of a set with a torch and air compressor. This had two Ni-cad battery
packs of which one is US now and the other is on its way out. This was the
first drill I went for general drill/driving as it is lighter that the
B&D (orange) 12V combi drill
The single Ni-Cad battery pack no longer keeps a charge and it does not
stand on the battery without falling over.
JCB 18V combi cheapo drill
This was an impulse purchase which only cost 30 quid. Can't go wrong I
thought. I was wrong. The chuck does not self lock and when trying to drill
a 10mm in steel, could not get the chuck to grip the drill without it
slipping. It doesn't have a comfortable grip either. I am considering
ripping out the Ni-cads to repair one of the Bosch batteries.
Makita TD020DSE Impact driver.
Mixed feelings about this. Got it for 30 quid with two batteries so was a
real bargain but it is single speed (no load speed of 2300rpm) can be an
issue. I also find the length a bit of a problem getting the bit to engage
in the screws.(shaky hand). OTOH its length can be an advantage in confined
I pondered for a while on whether to go for the more expensive lighter Li
option or the cheaper heavier Ni-cads. Eventually, I decided that I was
prepared to pay extra for lighter weight and the lower self discharge rate
of the Li batteries. The failing NiCads of my existing drills sealed the
decision. Time will tell how Li batteries perform after a few years of light
The 10.8V Makita twin pack feels solid an not too heavy. The 10.8V
drill/driver can cope with most of my needs and is nice to use.
Later, in a moment of irrational thinking I splashed out on the Makita
BHP452RFX 18V Li combi Drill which is so much better than the JCB and you
can never have too many tools. I sneaked it in to the house when senior
management wasn't looking but it has now been spotted. I should have got the
white version and maybe she wouldn't have noticed.
I read that on here I thought. Dunno really. Certain there are blue Makita
Li-ion drills though
That's a pretty good reccomendation and conveniently, Screwfix have just
sent me a 10% off voucher. I think that clinches it, I'll get option 3 :-)
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