Product Type: Bosch Cordless Screwdriver
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Bosch IXO IV
Member Name: SoadFan
Bosch IXO IV
Advantages: Small compact and easy to use
Disadvantages: May not suit all DIY jobs
If I was given a chicken every time I was told that women can't take care of a wide range of DIY jobs around the home just as well as their hairier, less well manicured counterparts (yep you've guessed it men!) I would have been able to open my own free range chicken farm by now! Ladies, if you have ever found yourself in a situation where by the man in your life has left a screw loose in or on something that you or the children need to make use of RIGHT NOW!! ( cycles, skateboards, the washing machine, shelves, the bathroom mirror, plugs etc) Please read on.....
As someone who has the power and strength of a paper soft and silky butterfly (almost none in other words), I know that using a product such as this sweet little lithium powered cordless screwdriver to take care of simple DIY jobs can be as easy as pie. Buying one of these has meant that there should be no screw left unturned as even when my cave dwelling mate is not at home to come to my DIY rescue I can now deal with things. If like me you have found other bulky drill/ screwdriver combo tools that you can buy too heavy and hard to work with, then this little number could be just what you are looking for.
~Using the product~
The cute and easy to work with Bosch IXO IV cordless screwdriver comes with a set of 10 useful screwdriver bits that can be supplemented if wanted by buying a small add on pack which contains a further 25 items. The screwdriver itself is something I find easy to handle as it has a neat and compact design making it perfect for smaller lady like hands (although it can also be used by your more burly manly types if wanted too!). I feel that the weight of the screwdriver is really quite light when compared to larger combo drill/ screwdriver type tools I have used in the past and the small compact size of this Bosch model makes it really good for use in smaller hard to access spaces.
The made to measure charging base that comes with the screwdriver works really well as it is really small and compact, with an easy to access power cable, that can be plugged in and left to charge without taking up lots of space. The compact size of both screwdriver and charging unit makes this little screwdriver tool a good stand by product to have for use around the home. The whole thing can be stored in a kitchen cupboard for easy access if wanted, rather than locked away in the shed for those moments when his highness decides to fix that loose screw that you can now so very easily fix yourself with this super little gadget.
The screwdriver has a nice compact feel that is easy to work with, having a comfy soft grip handle that makes sure your freshly manicured hands stay that way! There is a built in LED power indicator that is clear and easy to view as well as a built in torch light at the front end of the screwdriver. I feel that this built in light is very useful when working under cupboards etc where both natural day light and space can be minimal, as it really does help you see what you are doing. There is only one speed setting on this model that is activated via the push button finger grip, which I feel is more than adequate, as this screwdriver makes mincemeat out of jobs that would previously have had me having to use far more strength than I actually have.
The magnetic bit holder works well and all you need to do to change bits is swiftly swap them over, which can be done with minimal faffing about. You can if wanted wall mount the base unit rather than use it as a portable thing, but I feel the 2nd option is more useful as you can simply transport the whole thing to the room or area you are working in at the time and put it on charge. A full charge can take a little while and you should expect to be kept waiting for between 2 to 5 hours depending on how low the stored charge in the screwdriver is after its previous use. For small jobs you don't need to wait for a full charge and should find there is enough stored power after a very light charging period.
There is both a forwards and reverse action that can be used with this screwdriver which I feel is very useful and it really can be used on all sorts of household items and for DIY jobs that might otherwise need the assistance of a man! The light and compact nature of this screwdriver make it something that can be very useful for those who would not normally be able to handle the weight and size of a full sized drill/ screwdriver combo tool, making this a good all round choice for smaller DIY jobs. For jobs such as assembling flat pack furniture after a sneaky trip to Ikea behind the other halves back, this screwdriver works really well as you can have your sleek new Billy Bookcase up in a jiffy before the man in your life comes home from the weekend match... "Is that a new bookcase love?"... "Er no darling I'm not strong enough to put one of those together".. "But my Bosch IXO IV is though!"... She shoots, she scores!
~Price and product rating~
The cost of this super little Bosch screwdriver is around £29 for the screwdriver, charging base, storage tin and screwdriver bits which I feel is fair value. What I like about this product is the fact that its light and compact size and shape, combined with its subtle use of power enable mere mortals of the feminine persuasion to deal with random incidents around the home that they might otherwise have to seek assistance with! This really is such an easy to use item that it really is worth checking out, which is why I want to give this a 4 star product rating. You won't need a degree in DIY to work out how to use this screwdriver, or the upper body strength of a circus strongman! Bosch have made this so very easy to use that if I owned a monkey I would definitely buy him one of these as it really is as easy to use as a peeling banana.
Summary: A useful product