Anyone got one? What's it like?
It seems to tick all but one box for my requirements. The box that
isn't ticked is Spindle Lock. Can it be used like a normal
screwdriver when the battery is flat or you have a really
With the £11.99 offer coming up it's probably a better bet than the
hassle of recelling the ancient B&D cordless screwdriver.
Dunno but B&Q are selling off their McAlister ones for £10. Also 3.6v, no
spindle lock. Not bad for the money, bought one to keep in the pocket
whilst wandering about the Uni where I do a day a week. Not a patch on the
Makita TD020DSE mind.
Dave - The Medway Handyman
I picked up one of those MAC ones too. Not bad for a tenner and seems
to hold a fair bit of charge. It seems that you can use it 'manually'
as the spindle seems to be locked when you don't pull the trigger: At
least I managed to shift a stubborn screw like that yesterday!
The TD020DSE isn't up to that, great for flat pack, removing screws in door
hinges etc. Excellent on screws up to about 40mm.
With the decking, I started with a 12v Mak impact driver with 1.3 a/hh
NiCd's but it quickly became clear it was knocking seven bells out of the
batteries. Bought a mains Mak inpact driver for the cost of a battery.
Since aquired a 14.4v Mak impact driver with 2 x 3 a/hr NiMh batteries in
exchange for a duff Mak autofeed screwdriver. 'Kin awesome!
Dave - The Medway Handyman
On Sun, 06 Sep 2009 23:51:28 GMT, The Medway Handyman wrote:
Looks as if it is very long when in that mode. The current ancient
B&D is only about 12" long.
The quoted 2,300 rpm worries me that is one of the reasons I don't
like usings a drill as a driver they go to damn fast. At low speeds
they lack torque so you have to pull harder on the trigger and if it
slips and/or the stiction drops the screw is driven in too far before
you can let go the trigger.
The 100 odd rpm is fast enough at high torque is plenty fast enough
for most jobs.
That is the free running speed. Which in practice it doesn't achieve,
except when unscrewing. It goes into 'impact' mode very quickly. Never
had a problem with it driving in screws too far. If they were that easy to
drive in I'd use a screwdriver. ;-)
The little Makita in practice drives them in at about the same speed or
slower than a powerful conventional one, like my mains B&D which runs at
50 rpm. It really is the dogs thingies - especially given the size.
Absolutely brilliant design.
*Where there's a will, I want to be in it.
Dave Plowman email@example.com London SW
Some impact drivers have variable speed triggers, my Ryobi one+ does, but
its a bit big compared to the 3V6 ones. On one occasion when I forgot to
take a manual screwdriver I even used it to put in some 4 x 12 mm screws
without any problems.
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