Any good deals on 18V cordless drills this weekend?

On 02/06/2010 18:30, David WE Roberts wrote:

The test of a good speed control is can it give you a slow rotation (say 60 rpm) *and* deliver usable torque at the same time. ;-)

Stick a bosch multimaterial bit in it and they are surprisingly good for drilling hard stuff up ladders.

Jolly good!
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...before I put in all the screw bolts on my metal roof.
There is special tool/screw for this job - google TEK drivers and fixings.
They work in a very similar way to drywall screwdrivers, with a set- and-forget setting on the nose, that operates the clutch by position/ depth rather than by torque.
Probably more than you want to spend for a one off job, but hiring might be a possibility if you have a lot of fixings to do in one go.
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I found http://www.axminster.co.uk/recno/5/product-Axminster-5-16-Magnetic-Tek-Socket-Driver-22819.htm which seems to do what you describe and only costs £5.
I agree that the specialist drivers such as http://www.metalfabsupplies.co.uk/default.asp?ts0 are too expensive for one job.
My main problem now is mail order and the bank holiday weekend.
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On May 28, 11:43 am, "David WE Roberts"

I'm very happy with the Ryobis B&Q are selling for less than 80 quid the pair.
Unfortuantely I left one battery on charge overnight. They take 3 hours from flat but you are warned not to let them flatten as this reduces life. I wish I could get spare batteries but I doubt they'd be worth it if I could. I might go for a rebuilt battery if there is someone locally doing them (Stoke on Trent anyone?) If I was in serious employment and the larceny at the maks was over and done with (which irt ain't as the thieves are still there) I'd get another pair of them.
Maybe if I get another pair I'll get a timer for the chargers.
They are 14 volt but have plenty of torque. They come with 2 drill bit holders but they are non magnetic. The bag they are packed in is useful I suppose but you can get a cheap shopping bag from any charity shop that will be a much better holdall for all the tools required on a job.
Personally, I prefer a 2 gallon plastic bucket. But at least if it rains you can cover your tools.
A 10 or 20 quid purpose made shopping bag type of tool hold-all doesn't have a cover. WTF? If they were long enough to hold a saw and provide for rain or dusty conditions or just cut down on prying eyes a little, I'd get one. Since I usually only need one of the tools and the charger can go on a wall, I suppose the bag is just about big enough for a few hand tools. I keep my drill bits in it.
So all in all, a happy choice for DIY and for not too much heavy duty daily grind.
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