Is this any good for a Christmas present?
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Unless I am mistaken, this is *not* an impact one. To my mind, you would
be better off with a drill/driver if you just want a single tool,
preferably one with an impact drill (usual terminology: combi) if you
are ever likely to do masonry.
If you are screwing into a lot of timber (rather than just assembling
flat pack furniture, for example) then I would *strongly* recommend
something like this
but then you would *also* want a combi drill which takes the same batteries.
I should say that I *used* to be slightly skeptical about these devices
except for pro's like Dave who do a lot of decking, until I actually got
one myself. If you get a decent make like Makita they are *so* much more
controllable (as well as powerful) for screwing compared to a basic combi.
You do need to buy decent bits for them, though, and even so they won't
last as long.
Oops sorry, just polishing off a bottle of red and originally identified
the OP as a just simple non impact screwdriver.
As a first drill driver for light DIY that would be very reasonable.
Lidl and Aldi offers are also good, and would give you impact drilling
and maybe a spare battery for the same money. Second battery is very
useful if you are doing a lot of work. Some people are a bit sniffy
about Bosch Green (rather than Blue, which is higher spec) but I have
several Bosch Green devices and they fine.
Depends what the recipient already has. For general DIY work I would say
that a hammer drill is more useful. I am a late comer to cordless
drills which I have bought in special offers. I have found them
convenient. My main concern is battery life when they are not used very
Corded is even better from that point of view. For *very* occasional
use, the added hassle of having to use an extension lead is far less
than the hassle of having to charge it before use or, worse still,
having to throw it away because the battery is knackered.
I find that the extra versatility of a cordless tool wins over corded
even for occasional use. Corded tools tend to have less good control and
low speed torque, and are not as good for screwdriving IME.
I have a couple of "ordinary" corded drills - can't recall when I used
either of them last. (I use the mains SDS and Core drill though)
On Wed, 16 Nov 2016 10:33:01 +0000 (GMT), Dave Plowman (News) wrote:
Powercraft 14.4V combi - 2 years; Makita 18V combi - 6 years; green Bosch
7.2V DD - 19years! All NiCad. Current blue Bosch 10.8V & 18V Li - too soon.
Floureon 18V for Mak - not yet out of first charge.
I'd agree with that. IMHO walls seem to come in two types only. Soft
enough to be drilled with a non SDS - in which case a decent bit in a non
hammer drill will work ok. And those so hard only an SDS will work.
*I'm already visualizing the duct tape over your mouth
Dave Plowman firstname.lastname@example.org London SW
On 11/16/2016 10:35 AM, Dave Plowman (News) wrote:
Really? I think there are three sorts.
Lighweight blocks, which are fine with a cordless non-hammer. Don't even
need carbide bits, HSS will work.
Ordinary brick and blocks, needs a hammer drill. May be slow with a
cordless, for larger bits. I still often use a corded here.
Engineering bricks, traditional Breeze Block from 1960's, many types of
stone. SDS is your friend.
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