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Black & Decker EPC188BK

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  • keyless chuck
  • A good starter drill
  • Ni-Cd battery does not hold the power for long.
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      09.02.2015 23:54
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      Advantages

      • "easy to use"
      • "nice weight"
      • "keyless chuck"
      • "A good starter drill"

      Disadvantages

      • "Ni-Cd battery does not hold the power for long. "

      Drill with power, but don't expect to be drilling for long periods

      This is one of my older drills, one which I hardly ever use these days, although when it was in use it was in use. The reason I stopped using this is mainly because the batteries were failing to fully charge and I happened upon several other, much better drills.
      This is shaped like a pistol, a bulky pistol, but a pistol none-the-less, being about 315mm high, from bottom of battery to top of drill, and about 30mm from chuck to back of top.
      The chuck is keyless, being tightened nd loosened using your hands. There are 24 torque setting which are numbered around the back of the chuck itself. You turn the ring, the lwoer the numbers the gentler the torque acts, for example, set at 1, 2, 3 or even up to 5 will not screw screws into harder material. The higher the number the harder the drill will work. This torque setting helps you when it comes to screwing into something without your screw shooting out of the other side.

      The battery is a NiCad 18volt battery which is not the best batteries in the world but when new this one had the power of a charging elephant. This slides off the bottom of the handle, clicking onto place, making it secure.
      On the front of the section that covers the battery there is a little slot that holds a double headed driver bit, cross and flat.
      The entire weight of this is about 2 ½ kg, which is quite heavy really, but as the handle feels nice and gentle in the hand I hardly felt the weight.
      This has the power really, all 18 volts of it, and it lasted me quite some time. Although after many months the batteries began to fail when charging, which gave me less drilling time on even the shortest of jobs.
      If you're for something to start you off in the DIY world then this is well worth looking into.

      This sells for about £60, which, as I said, is money well spent in many cases, and as you get two batteries in the case then you get double the drilling time.

      The three stars are for the drill when it's at its peak. If this used a Li-ion battery then this would be great.

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  • Product Details

    Corded: no / Black & Decker EPC188BK Cordless Hammer Drill 18 Volt / 18 Volt Hammer Combi Drill / Powerful 18v, faster motor for more efficient drilling - Hammer Action for drilling into concrete and masonry - 2 Gears - High speed for drilling into wood and Steel, Low speed for controlled driving - 24 position clutch - For perfect screwdriving into a variety of materials with different screws sizes - Spring Loaded Slide Pack Battery System - For quick and easy battery change and a more secure fit - Variable speed - For ultimate finger tip control for all drilling appplications - Reverse sw