Over my time doing good old DIY I have amassed quite a collection of tools from hand tools, such as pliers, bradawl and chisels, to power tools such as sanders, planers and the good all rounder, power drills, both mains powered and cordless drills such as the one I am going to tell you about here, the good old Black and Decker EGBL188K 18 volt cordless hammer drill. < b/>What does it look like...< b/> It''''s you''''re normal black and decker colours, black and orange, and is about 170mm from top to bottom of handle, where the battery is, and about 250mm from motor end to drill bit end. The handle itself is about 65mm in diameter, at its widest, with the trigger being on the underside of the top section and the front of the soft grip covered handle. Think of a gun and you get the idea. The drill bit housing is right at the front and has what in the trade is called a key-less chuck, with this one being rather easier to handle than most key-less chuck units, if I''''m honest, as I can tighten of loosen the chuck with one hand, allowing the clutch of the drill to lock in place so that the back section of the chuck does not spin around as I turn the front section of it. On this chuck section, just behind it, is the torque setting which are changed by simply turning the thick black ring and selecting the number that you feel gives the right torque for the job in hand. Right on the top you''''ll see a black switch that can be slid forward or backwards. This is the gear shift slider that, when slid forwards gives you the higher gear, with pulling it back giving you the lower gears. This makes it a lot easier to drill through more things that may be more dense. Above the trigger there is a little tiny light that is aimed towards where the drill bit is going to be. This light lets you see exactly what you are working on even in the most awkwardest places. To the rear of the trigger, on the top part of the handle, there is a little button that slides from one side to the other. This is the reverse and forward control which means that you can screw and unscrew without any troubles at all. Now for the bottom, well, the bottom of the handle, where there is the battery, which slides into place with the help of the little red catch that needs to be pulled up in order to release the battery. Also on the base of the handle, above the battery, there is a small catch that holds a double headed driver piece, which comes with the drill. Now back to the top, where there is a simple looking black sliding button, which is the second gear of this drill. Slide it backward and you''''re in first gear, forward and you''''re in seconds gear. These gear options give you more control over the speeds of the motor. And that''''s basically what this drill looks like... < b/>The boring specs...< b/> It''''s an 1.3Ah, 18 volt hammer drill with a lithium Ion battery for longer use between charges. It has 11 torque setting using a two gear system with a double sleeve key-less 10mm chuck It weighs about 3kg, when the battery is in place, which is not too bad for those longer jobs, and as most of the weight is on the battery it is quite well balanced when holding. It boast a double sleeve chuck which means that you don''''t need special tools to change the bits. The maximum thickness of materials are 25mm for wood, 17mm for masonry and 10mm for metals. It has a 3 hour charge from flat to fully charged and as the battery is Lithium Ion it holds its charge for longer in between uses. And it all comes in a plastic case to keep all the bits and bobs in. < b/>How do you use it..< b/> You use it like any other drill of its kind. You simply slot in the drill bit that you need, as long as it is 10mm or less, as this drills chuck is a 10mm. To put in the bit you simple grip the end of the chuck, careful not to pull the trigger, and twist it. The clutch should kick in after about a quarter of a turn, locking the rear of the chuck so that you can twist the front of the chuck which, in turn, opens the mouth mouth of the chuck so that you can take the bit out. Then, you slide the new bit in and twist the front of the chuck until, again, the clutched lock the rear of the chuck in place. You then twist the front of the chuck until it has gripped the bit, giving it a final twist to lock it on properly. If you want to use it as a screwdriver the you replace the drill bit with the driver bit, it all goes in the same way. And now you''''re ready to start drilling, or screwing. Speaking of screwing... to help you when it comes to screwing screws in without the screw going too deep or poking straight through the wood, this drill gives you what in the trade is called ''''Torque settings'''', 11 of them, using a number guide. Basically, the lower the number the less torque it gives, which really means that it you use a lower number the drill is more likely to stop screwing in a lot quicker than if you used a higher number. These setting are for the different types of work you''''re doing. So, for example, if you want to screw a screw into a piece of wood but are afraid to damage the wood by screwing too deep you set the number to a lower one then you screw in. once the ''''clocking'''' of the torque kicks in the drivers stops screwing, giving you a low pressure. If the screw is deep enough you''''re done, if it''''s not then you go up a number and try again, then again on a higher number if you need to, until the screw is as deep as you want it to be. Simple. Then there''''s the reverse action which is activated by the press of the button that goes right through the drill, just above the trigger. You slide this button one way and the drill goes in the normal forward motion, if you slide the button the other way it gives you the reverse action. This reverse action makes it easier to take screws out of where ever you want to take them out of. Plus, it helps in clear the hole that you''''re drilling as it fills with the cuttings from the inwards motion. < b/>The battery...< b/> As I said the battery is what is known as Lithium Ion, which means that it holds the charge for longer per charge, and it offers more power for that much longer. To take the battery out of the drills handle you simply pull up the catch ont eh front of the handles base, which will release the battery so you can slide it out of the grooves. Then you simply slide it into the charging housing that comes in the case. Charge the battery for a few hours then, when charged, you simple slide the battery back into the underneath of the handle, clicking it into place. And you''''re done. < b/>What about maintenance..< b/> This is a tool that needs very little maintenance, surviving on a bit of a wipe over if it gets covered in the dust that''''s created when you''''re drilling. There''''s no need to oil anything really, although I do find that the odd squirt of WD40 on the chuck if it gets wet for what ever reason does help in the metal parts rusting over. But it''''s not essential so I wouldn''''t worry about it. So, as for maintenance, well, there is none really. < b/>My opinion...< b/> This is a lovely little drill, all though when I say little I don''''t mean little little, it''''s not the biggest drill on the market but it''''s big enough to do what it''''s supposed to do, it drills holes in most materials and, just as important, screws screws in and out of what ever it needs to. The torque is a cracking idea and is a must on any cordless drill when you plan on using it for different types of screwing jobs, with the selections being chosen using the simple turning of the ring of number. I tend to start low, then go up a number until I get the right torque, then I know I''''m less likely to damage the wood surface that I''''m working on. The handle is great for holding, with the soft grip like rubber feeling material covering the areas that your hand, finger and thumb are most likely to touch, of grip. The trigger is easy to squeeze, giving me more speed control as a slight squeeze will start the chuck turning, which is great for starting a hole, without the end of the bit flicking off. Then, once the drill has found its course, it then a matter of squeezing the trigger harder and the speed goes to full whack, giving you the full rpm, which depends on what you''''re drilling through. The battery looks tiny compared to the other drills of its type that I have owned and used but in this case good things do come in small packages as this battery charges quite quickly and, which is the main thing, keeps its charge for longer, which means that I don''''t have to pre plan by charging my battery the day before I am going to do a job. Although if I haven''''t used it for a while, a long while, which is unlikely as I seem to be drilling or screwing every other day... NO... not that sort of screwing, thank you. < b/>So what about the price..< b/> This drill sells for about 80GBP, give or take. There is a cheaper version, without the hammer function, which sells for about 60GBP, so if you don''''t intend to ever need the hammer function the extra 20GBP may not be justified. But, if you think you may need the hammer function then the extra 20GBP or so may be money well spent. < b/>Would I recommend this one..?< b/> Yes, I would. It is one of the better drills I have used in my life of DIY as it has the power and the stamina to get the job done in one go. The chuck is easy to handle and grips the bits properly, unless I haven''''t tightened it up in the first place. But once the chuck is tightened in place the bit stays in it. There''''s no special tool needed to change the bit, and in fact I sometimes do it with one hand, using the trigger to turn the chuck whilst I grip the outer chuck. But if you do this then don''''t squeeze the trigger to hard or you''''ll take the skin from your hand. A gentle squeeze does the trick
I am using this tool to help build a large house extention, the drill is very powerfull I have set 75~ roofing screws through galvinised iron roofing on a single charge. The jigsaw is better than I expected for a cordles tool it tracks well and cuts quite rapidly, the variable speed is handy for tight areas. I even tried it on the roofing iron and destroyed the blade before the battery went flat. I have only used the sander for a small job that it handled well. The chuck is not quite as easy to tighten as some others I have used but that is only a minor problem, over all a very impressive kit for the price.
It is easy to think - I’ll save a bit of money and buy a Drill that is one of the stores own makes, but then you may well notice that when it comes to the “home brands and name brands” you only get what you pay for. Black and Decker are a very well known make of tools. People know that their tools are quality made and are made to last. The other brands may be cheaper but are they made to the same standard and of the same high quality? My partner and I went out shopping for a Drill and a Jigsaw, we went to B&Q first but we didn’t think that there was much choice so then we had a look in the Argos book. We saw that there was a Black & Decker Quattro, this is a Drill, Jigsaw, sander and screwdriver all in one. We were both instantly impressed; the price was a bit high well it isn’t too bad really at £89,99. (It is on offer at the moment I think) The Black & Decker Quattro 12v - Variable speed, cordless tool, drill, drive, sand and cut. It comes in a grey case, which is about 15 in long -15 in high and 6 ins in thickness. It has a large handle on the top, which makes carrying it around a safe and easy. It has two click on and off fasteners on the top so you can open it and close it very easally without it falling open whilst you are carrying it. It is quiet heavy, I’d say around 12 pound in weight, although I am sure a man would find it easy to carry around. (sorry should I say that) It has a 12v battery (1.5 Ah) and it cordless and re-chargable. It takes 1 hour to charge up and it has a charge indicator on it, it has a high capacity battery so you get longer running time. The Drill - The drill is easy to use not too heavy it has a variable speed for controlling drilling. It also has a 10mm “Twistlok” keyless chuck. It has a 1-second auto stop. (Instant stop brake) I found this very easy to use and manage. The Screwdriver - The screwdriver has a variable s
peed for controlled screw driving, it has a reversing and torque control on it for flush screws every time. This is really easy to use it beats using a hand screwdriver every time. The Sander - I do a lot of sanding as I am always buying old pieces of furniture and striping them down. This sander is great is shaped like a triangle so you can reach all those hard bits that usually have to be done by hand. It is ideal for detail sanding and finishing. It can access to confined areas, with the quick fix paper. The Jigsaw - The jigsaw can cut through lots of different type of materials, so far I have only used it on wood, but it did cut through it very easily and it can perform a wide variety of tasks. It has a new “Superlok” system, which makes blade changing quick and easy. It comes with a two-year guarantee If you haven’t got one - get one, you won’t be disappointed believe me
I have just invested in Black and Deckers cordless Quattro, and I have got to say its great! Not only do you get Black and Deckers usual high standard of tool making, but you get four tools in one for your money. You get a drill, screwdriver, sander and jigsaw all for the normal price of one product. I can find but one fault with this tool and that is that although it is good at carrying out small projects, the larger projects tend to require larger tools. I would recommend this multi-tool to anyone who does a moderate amount of DIY, but for serious professionals it may be better to buy individual power tools.
The Black and Decker Quattro is a great idea. You get a sander, jigsaw, screwdriver and drill all in one. It is cordless and comes a very smart looking carry case. I bought my husband one of these because he can never do all those little jobs around the house because "he hasnt got the right tools"! It is very easy to use. The seperate tool parts just click on and off the front and the batteries just click in the bottom. It feels quite heavy so I am sure that it is built to last. The main problem with this tool though is the fact that you cant use it for very long before the fully charged batteries go dead. It can handle drilling a few holes or maybe sanding a small piece of wood but thats about it. The first time I used it all I had to do was drill eight holes. I put the fully charged batteries in it and so fully armed I marched upstairs to complete my mission. Unfortuantly after the sixth hole the quattro had totally given up and I ended up using my gradads old drill that must be thirty years old! I dont think I would recommened this to anyone until Black and Decker give the batteries alot more power and life. You would be much wiser to spend your money buying all four seperate or even to borrow a neighbours!
I bought one of these when I first moved into my new flat - thinking that i'd save money getting all four tools in one handy package. I should have known better. The only thing this is useful for now is as an electric screwdriver - and at 90 pounds a bit of an expensive one at that. The jigsaw is hopeless - and lasts about 2 minutes on a full charge, the sander is also pretty useless and expensive to keep running and the sandpaper costs a fortune (luckily though the batteries usually run out before the sandpaper) and the drill has no umphhhh... In retrospect it would have been much better to fork out and buy proper tools. You pay more for a brand like Bosche but you get what you pay for - well build and tough tools that work. Black and Decker have a lot to learn.
My husband likes to small diy jobs around the house so when the black and decker quatro came on the market we thought great drill, screwdriver, sander and jigsaw all in one and its cordless all for £90. So we bought one unfortunatly!! My husbands first job he wantedto do was to cut out 3 1.5ft by 1.5ft doors for the cabinet on our aquarium, he started with the two fully charged batteries (they take 6hrs to fully charge) after using the jigsaw attachment for on 2 minutes and only half of one door cut out the batteries were dead! I could not believe it! At the ideal home show at earls court there was a Black and Decker stand so my husband approach somebody who was demonstrating the quatro abpout the problems we experienced! We were hassterly hushed off to a quiet little area where we were told that the qutro is only built to last that long because it was for the smaller jobs around the house! We were still not impressed, we were told we could purchase two more batteries and a fast charger giving us 5 minutes power but it would cost a further £85. I could not believe it after spending £90 for the Quatro i now had to spend a further £85 to be able to use it for 5 minutes! The total price worked out dearer than if we bought a sander and jigsaw, a cordless drill and electric screw driver. We have now sold our Quatro but i suggest that Anyone considering buying this product Unless you live in a wendy house Do Not Bother they are a waiste of Money!