Some years ago, I bought a Wickes high-torque 15.6V drill. It was the
one recommended here by the Medway Handyman, as it had a right angle
Sadly the nicads died and new cells would cost more than a new drill.
I have managed using cordered drills since. Sometimes it seems a
hassle to get the extension lead, which is silly really because
unwinding a lead is not a big job. It must be psychological.
Any way, with Christmas coming I have been asked what I would like. I
will be putting up plasterboard next year, so a cordless driver would
be nice. Is it a good idea to get a cordless screwdriver, or would it
be better to pay a bit more and get a drill than can be used as a
drill or driver, on the basis that it would be more versatile?
Do they even make cordless screwdrivers any more? I'm only aware of
one green bosch model.
Screwfix seem to sell a wide range of 18v blue bosch drill/drivers. I
think there are four and the only difference is the batteries:
1 x 2Ah
2 x 2Ah
1 x 3Ah
1 x 4Ah
I am unsure whether two 2A batteries is better than one 4Ah one. I
guess with the former you can drill with one, while you charge the
Are there any other differences that you can see or am I right to
think it is the same body with different batteries?
Interestingly the Wickes one was advertised as high torque but it is
60Nm / 40 Nm, whereas the Bosch ones are 67/28 so this means the Bosch
is as good as my old Wickes one.
I am unsure what the torque figures mean; one is hard and one is soft;
what's that all about? The hardness of the substrate?
What are the groups opinions on what drill to buy? (The sds one would
be nice but too expensive)