Just seen the new(?) B&Q Performance Power Pro 18V cordless set: combi
drill, circular saw, jigsaw and torch with 3 batteries and what looks like a
proper fast charger rather than the rubbish the previous set had. £150.
Anyone tried it? Is it any good (apart from hammer action on the drill which
I wouldn't expect to be worth the candle).
If a job's worth doing, it'll still be worth doing tomorrow.
Grrrrr... that's the set I wanted. But I bought the older one with a
sabre saw and the crap charger. The drill is "quite good" and the hammer
action works for brick which is about all I asked of it. It's a good
drill with a mechanical two-speed gearbox as well as proportional
control. I had a problem with the first one I bought, after a week of
use the proportional control failed. I got a replacement on the spot
without any quibbling and they changed the entire set, not just the
I bought the jigsaw separately recently and value the additional
batteries and the fast charger. The old batteries will only work with
the new charger if they are "jiggered" a little. The new charger expects
a thermal cut-out to be connected between the positive pole and the
third pole on the battery. In the older batteries this was missing.
The circular trim saw is really good IMO. I used the saw/drill and a
router to do a lot of work over the last year and cut all the timber for
a built-in book case using the saw as well as seemingly endless panels
of plywood for flooring. It worked well and a charge lasts long enough
to be useful.
At that price I may well irritate my wife a buy a pack to take to my
place in Italy.
OK, well despite the lack of encouragement (i.e. an excuse for buying it :-)
from any of you 'orrible shower I've been and bought one, trading in my old
PP 18V cordless saw on which the blade guard was defective (always stayed
open, though I considered that more of a plus feature ;-) to help pay for
The drill is nice enough, though my Site (last year's B&Q own brand) 14.4V
is fine. (Haven't tried the hammer action: I always use
universal/multipurpose type drill bits.) One advantage of the new machine is
the 13mm chuck which lets me use the big arbor on my hole saw kit: the Site
has only a 10mm chuck.
The circular saw (apart from the annoying blade guard which works :-) seems
The jigsaw has a rather plastickey blade grip lever: I wonder how long
that'll last. But it cuts OK (compared to my cheap Ferm mains one which is
falling apart now).
And the torch is pretty handy.
OK now back to fitting the new kitchen, to earn its keep :-|
I've got nothing against racists
- I just wouldn't want my daughter to marry one
I'm a bit disappointed with the speed control: as one squeezes the trigger
further it increases smoothly then suddenly jumps to maximum. No problem for
drilling but pants for driving. The jigsaw has the same behaviour but it's
not a problem. I guess the motor speed control is just not capable of going
up to maximum so they bypass it with a switch for full power.
It's something I can live with since my Site (Ryobi rebadge for B&Q) does
the business for driving very nicely, but I wouldn't want it to be my only
This IMHO is the bid difference between 'cheap' and good quality drills.
When drilling, the speed control isn't that important. When screwdriving,
it is, and that's where a decent one stands out. But since IMM only
preaches and never does, he wouldn't find this out.
*I love cats...they taste just like chicken.
Dave Plowman email@example.com London SW 12
Don't get me wrong Dave, I like slagging off IMM as much as the next man ;-)
but, er, he hasn't actually posted to this thread, has he?
Fair enough, just noting what mine does. Incidentally mine is model
CLM18CHD, comes with a side handle, has a 3-LED battery state indicator on
the foot - maybe yours is a different model? Or maybe they've just changed
components (or even suppliers) and package it as the same unit.
Things don't like being anthropomorphised.
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