Recommendations for Cordless Screwdriver please

I've had a Bosch 2.4V and Workzone (Aldi) 4.8V screwdriver and - having realised their considerable weaknesses - am now looking for a good quality cordless screwdriver with plenty of endurance and oomph - one that doesn't require recharging every 10 minutes or noticably loses power after half a dozen small screws.
Recommendations gratefully requested.
Many thanks.
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A cordless screwdriver is only really of use for light duty where the small size may be an advantage. For everything else just use a cordless drill. There are loads of different makes from about a tenner to 250 or so quid. But 80 or so should buy you a decent one.
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The Bosch 10.8v lithium pro version takes some beating ( the one for around £80, not the higher priced one with adjustable head).
I've gone through loads of others, and this is the one to have. The torque is amazing and charges in 15 to 30 minutes, but does loads of screws on a charge. It feels 'right' in the hand, and is better than any cordless drill for this task.
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The Bosch 10.8v lithium pro version takes some beating ( the one for around £80, not the higher priced one with adjustable head).
I've gone through loads of others, and this is the one to have. The torque is amazing and charges in 15 to 30 minutes, but does loads of screws on a charge. It feels 'right' in the hand, and is better than any cordless drill for this task.
dg
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dg wrote:

Excellent. I see the one - it looks like a pistol rather than the one like the dentist's drill (shape if not size). I assume the slider above the trigger is for forward/reverse. And other than trawling for the best deal, is there anywhere that gives a consistently good price?
I'm most grateful to everyone for the excellent advice and for taking the time and trouble to reply.
Martin
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Martin wrote:

Aldi were doing an 18v drill/driver for £20, I bought one a few months ago and I'm quite pleased with it, 2 batteries and a 1 hr fast charger, 2 speeds and 16 torque settings...no bells or whistles like some of the dearer ones, but I put 250 plasterboard screws (up to 50mm) in with it a few times a week and it's not showing any signs of struggling, 75-100mm screws are no problem, but if you are using them all day, you'll need to replace the battery after 3 or 4 hours, although the same can be said for most cordless tools....I figure if it lasts me 12 months and then I have to buy a new one, it still works out cheaper than buying a £100+ one that might last 2 or 3 years, if you're lucky - most end up in pieces after falling off stepladders or bouncing down the stairs....it has a 2 yr guarantee BTW.
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I've had a B&D HP9096 (9.6v) for a number of years and it has been very good.
Good torque control and as powerful as I need, twists the head off screws with ease if used carelessly :-)
I picked it up in Safeway for £14 some years ago, but it still seems to be available albeit for rather more.
Chris K
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Martin wrote:

You probably need to move up to a drill/driver of 12v+. The comments about the Bosch 10.8v lithium are valid of course, but you may (a) not want to spend £80 and (b) want a chuck that will accept normal drill bits.
Wickes is well worth a look. They have, for example a 15.6v combi for around £24. http://www.wickes.co.uk/invt/167212
The Grey range is much better than the Black range. If you did want to spend £80 you could go to the 14.4v high torque combi, 2 x 2.4Ah Japanese battery packs, fast charger, 13mm keyless chuck, incredible torque of 47Nm and a 3 year pro warranty. Actually at £80 I might go and buy one myself :-)
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Worth going up a couple of quid and get the one with the right angle adaptor. Not something you need every day, but when you do it's invaluable.
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You didn't say what type of screws you were referring But if its machine or self tapping you should also consider one of these http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/BLACK-DECKER-Cordless-Impact-Screwdriver-New-Boxed_W0Q QitemZ180082805683 or http://tinyurl.com/yrbvp9 very light with incredible power,Max Torque 35 Nm
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This has a rotary impact mechanism. What sort of screws can it drive in? How big? Can the mechanism be turned off, or is it auto?
The 6 to 8 hours charge time is abig turn off.
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Impressive for it's size. The Bosch 10.8 v screwdriver is only 18Nm @ £70. This B&D impact driver is only £30 on Ebay. It has only just come out. But this 35Nm is tiny to the 150 Nm of say the £99 Sparky Impact Driver with two 2 A/Hr batts.
A normal 12v Impact Driver is very small, so I can't see the advantage of this B&D, except for specialist applications. The 6 to 8 hr charge time gives it over to DIY use.
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wrote:

I prefer my 0V impact driver:
http://www.tavi.co.uk/impact.jpg
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I find my 12V impact driver much easier for winding coach bolts into joists though.How long would it take with yours?
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You're wasting your time Most of the boneheads on here think you have to whack all impact drivers on the end with a big hammer to get them to work. The others test the idea of winding in large screws, with an Air impact wrench, and then can't see any use for these new fangled battery powered impact drivers.
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Yep. Once you have an Impact Driver the drill/driver stays in the box.
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On Wed, 14 Feb 2007 23:50:37 -0000, "Doctor Drivel"

Eff off as you are an idiot (still).
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Aw shame on you!
You forgot to say PLEASE.
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mused:

Please eff off as you are an idiot (still and always).
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Since you've just described an impact driver which has been around for a long time what would you now like to call it to avoid confusion with an electric impact driver? After all, if you talk about a screwdriver most will think you mean a hand operated one - powered ones get called just that.
Of course it could be you've never come across an imnpact driver before the powered ones arrived.
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