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The drill is about 170mm high, from base of handle to top of motor housing. It is about 160mm long, from back to the end of the chuck. The chuck itself is a 10mm version and is keyless, which means it opens and closes using your hands and not a chuck key. Around the ring just behind the chuck there are the torque settings, from 1 to 11, making it easier to drive a screw into place without damaging the area around it.
On the top of the housing there is a selector switch, which chooses the hammer function or normal drilling. The hammer function is design for drilling into stubborn things, such as brick or concrete, as it not only spins the chuck it pushes it back and forth as well, so it's like hitting the drill bit whilst it's spinning.
On the bottom of the handle there is the 14.4volt 1.5Ah battery connection point, with the battery clicking into place, locking tights.
The batteries are Ni-cd, (Nickel Cadmium), and not Li-ion, (Lithium Ion), so they do lose charge when not being used which means that it's best to pre-plan the job in hand and charge the batteries the day before.
The battery takes about an hour to charge, and you not only get the drill, you get a spare battery, a battery charger, a double headed drill bit, a flat head and a cross head. You also get a plastic case to keep it all in. It does have a battery power indicator to let you know how much juice the battery has left in it.
The soft grip handle is simple. Just pop in a drill/driver bit, make sure the battery has the power, then place bit on work and squeeze the trigger, pushing gently on the drill to give it a bit of leverage. That's it. It has a forward and reverse choice, which means that you can unscrew as well as screw screws in.
wood is 30mm, steel and masonary is 10mmThe chuck spins at up to 1200rpms, with the trigger being used as speed control – that means the harder you pull the trigger the faster the chuck spins.
I used this for many months and it did a fine job. The main issue for me was the batteries, which lost charge when sitting unused for a few days. I prefer the more stable Li-Ion ones that hold the charge.
This has the power, even the hammer function has the kick, so long as the batteries are fully charged. Once the battery falls a bit down you do see the difference in the power.
This drill sells for about £45 - £55, depending on where you get it from.
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