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Although not claiming to be an avid DIYer, I do like making things with wood so have, over the years, built up a substantial collection of tools, the latest being the professional quality Bosch GSB 18V Li cordless drill.
I cannot resist a bargain and saw this going for £126, whereas normally they cost around the £300 mark.
The brand, Bosch, when it comes to tools, spells quality and efficiency, so I knew I was not wasting my money.
It came complete with a belt clip already attached, a chuck extension, charger and manual in a strong, lockable case called L-Boxx 136.
Complete with belt clip and battery, it weighs 1.95 kg and stands 25cm in height. The slim, motor housing above the handle grip is only 6cm in diameter. The battery dimensions are 11cmx8cmx4cm.
The chuck is keyless and automatically locks the drivers or drill-bits in place so they do not loosen when in use, as will often happen with keyed chucks. The Lithium ion battery, charges within 30 minutes and retains its charge when stored on the charging unit. At the rear of the battery, there is a charge indicator, which shows the present state of the battery.
On the foot of the drill, above the battery is an LED bulb, which lights the work area when pressure is applied to the trigger.
It has the usual, torque, reverse and forward functions and can be used as a screwdriver, and drill for wood and metal, but unlike some cordless drills, this has a hammer-drill setting for masonry.
It also features the - Bosch Electronic Cell Protection (ECP), which it is claimed, “protects the battery against overload, overheating and deep discharge.”
Prices range from about £200 to £300, shop around and you will find a bargain like I did.
It is a tool designed for and used primarily by professionals in the building trade, which means that it is built for industrial, rather than the occasional use by DIYers like myself, so should last me a lifetime.
It is so easy to use and although not feather light, does not feel too heavy or clumsy. I have used it many times since March, and only had to charge the battery twice. My nephew borrowed it to screw down a loft floor and there was still plenty of charge left in the battery. I find the charge indicator very useful; so many times in the past with my other cordless drill, I could not tell until I tried using it.
I like the fact that the chuck is keyless and locks the bits in tight and I love the professional whirr of the motor, the sound of an expert at work.