I've had my little Black & Decker two speed rotary drill since the
Screwfix are offering:
or would I be better with
I'm looking for occasional use around the house, getting screws in and
out, occasional brick, might hit the odd lintel. The attic has been
floorboarded and screwed so if I want to get at anything a bit of help
PS I recently resurrected an old Stanley hand-drill which had been
neglected in a dilapitated shed and used it today to drill some small
holes for curtain pole supports. Something very satisfying and
controlled about hand-drilling even if somewhat inefficient.
I dunno but my last battery powered drill was a Hitachi from Screwfix.
It has had moderate to heavy use on a range of materials.
I am in the market for a new one after about 5 years. I won't be buying
that brand again. The chuck has all but given up the will to grip drills
and one of the batteries is on the edge of expiring too. The battery
catches are also iffy and require prizing the old packs out with a
screwdriver whilst pressing them (possibly because the packs have
swollen slightly). I would run it into the ground if my patience allows
but the chuck having become unreliable is the last straw.
Its predecessor on basic NiCads lasted more like 10 years and only
failed when metal swarf got into the motor causing it to burn out.
Any other recommendations for a decent battery powered drill that will
do general screwdriver functions and hammer settings as well?
Also in the market for a cheap and cheerful Aldi/Lidl one to leave
permanently at my mums to save taking mine every time I need one.
Agreed. A cheap mains hammer drill from the likes of Aldi/lidl will do
nearly all you require of it and even if it dies after 10 years, it wont
owe you anything.
Battery tools need regular use so they will be ready charged when you
want them. Don't expect more than a few (5?) years life (irrespective of
level of use) from a battery pack.
On Sunday, 17 January 2016 16:35:07 UTC, Bob Minchin wrote:
flat, and waiting a few hours is far from handy.
ut of fashion but are surprisingly able, and very reliable.
exists, but I don't think you'll get what you want in a cordless.
If it's dead, I'd look for something more modern as those lack reverse & ha
mmer. But a more modern one won't have anything like the longevity. If anot
her old B&D is offered for next to nothing, it's not a bad deal, as long as
you have other drills for hammer action etc. I did some core drilling once
with an ancient B&D, 270w or something, and it did just as well as a moder
n drill despite the power rating difference. (There was some problem with t
he shank that made it impossible to use the SDS.)
No - it's still going - and no - it's not the metal one either. But
it doesn't do screws - it doesn't do hammer. Just pure rotation at
900rpm and 2400rpm.
However I don't mind not having cordless so I'll look around for a
mains driven unit which can sit in its box for a year and still work
when SWIMBO needs something doing.
With respect your description is a little vague. I probably end up
assembling a bit of flat pack furniture for someone once a year. While
you *can* do this with normal screwdrivers or allen keys, it only takes
seconds with a cordless drill. I was helping a mate with some mods on a
boat last weekend, and one of these involved removing and replacing two
access panels on a sloping ceiling each held with eight self tappers.
With a cordless drill, the posidrive screw sticks to a bit held in a
magnetic chuck. You can use one hand to align the panel, the other holds
the drill with the screw held on the bit, a quick whizz and it is in,
move on to the next screw. Doing it with a screwdriver, even a magnetic
one, is a lot more fiddly. The control of angle and torque that you have
with a decent modern cordless drill really has to be tried to be
That's because SWIMBO has not detailed all the bits and pieces I am
likely to have to do over the next 10yrs.
Well yes, I've got something to assemble this weekend - at this rate
I'll be doing it all by hand just like I did with the recent IKEA
cabinets. It might be 2 years or never before I have to do another.
So what drill have you got? That would be helpful.
I have a Makita 18 volt which came with 2 NiCad batteries, cost about
£100 with a box fitted with a useful collection of drills, 6 mm bits,
etc. It is a few years old and I have bought about 3 "clone" batteries
since then. (It has had fairly heavy use including about 50 metres of
fencing and a large summerhouse). Now, I think I would suggest going
with Li-Ion rather than NiCad.
Surprisingly, it still seems to be available
(Amazon.com product link shortened)53413955&sr=1-2&keywords=makita+drill
If I was replacing it I would probably go for something like this
(although it is in two boxes).
(Amazon.com product link shortened)53413955&sr=1-4&keywords=makita+drill
It sounds to me as though you don't actually need two batteries, though.
In fact for your purposes the best buy would probably be an Aldi or Lidl
"special", unfortunately only available intermittently.
Interesting to see the Lidl brand "Parkside" listing on eBay
Here is a cheaper single battery Lithium Ion (without accessories).
(Amazon.com product link shortened)53414367&sr=1-6&keywords=cordless+drill
I've had some Wickes own-brand tools in the past. They don't feel quite
so solidly built as branded products, but I suspect (from handling them
in store) that the drills may have got better.
Though a cheapy drill probably not much good for screw driving.
Li-ion is much better though for tool batteries.
I've picked up a tool that hadn't been used for a few months and there
was still plenty of charge.
NiCd or NiMH, yep they'd have been flat.
Of the two I'd go for the Bosch, probably as much cos I've a few Bosch
tools, they have all been reliable
I really don't think I'd agree. It is a fair point that very occasional
use (a couple of times a year?) will be bad from the battery viewpoint.
But the battery drill will have far better control than a cheap mains
drill if you are using it for screws.
I use my Makita for screws more often than I use a screwdriver. E.g. for
removing and replacing the back of the washing machine the other day:
far quicker and easier.
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