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I bought this drill when I moved in to my new flat in July last year and have used it on a number of occasions since then. One thing that my Dad always told me when it comes to your tool box, resist saving a few quid as a good set of tools can last you for life. Having shopped around and asks those older and wiser than myself it seemed like Bosch had a good reputation in power tools. Armed with my research I decided to go for this drill.
This is a 18 Volt Cordless Drill. I have found that the 18 Volts give me ample power for doing the odd job around the flat. I have used it to put up shelves, hooks on the wall, screw hinges to doors and the door frame and drill into plaster board. I also like the flexibility of having a cordless drill. There is no need to find a plug and you don't have to worry about tripping over a wire.
The drill also comes with two re-chargeable batteries and the charger that charges them for you. I have found that this takes around 3 hours from empty to full. I'm afraid I am unable to give you an accurate figure of how the battery lasts once fully charged as I have never really kept track of this. I have had to charge the battery twice in about 10 months of owning the drill.
The drill also comes in a nice carry case, which I find makes the drill easy to store and handy to transport.
~Easy to Use~
The torque settings are easily adjusted between those best for drilling and those best for using as a screwdriver. Using the plastic ring where the settings are marked on, you can twist it right or left and pick the desired setting.
The keyless 10mm chuck is straight forward to use also. To loosen the chuck you turn it right and to tighten it you turn it to the left until the drill bit is secured in place and you can then begin drilling.
The battery is easy to change, there is a red release button on the battery itself which you just need to hold in and pull the battery away from the drill.
To switch between forward and reverse modes there is a red button situated above the trigger which you can push both left and right depending on which mode you would like to select. There are arrows indicating which mode has been selected as well as a green LED light on the top of the drill.
The fun part of course is the drilling itself and once you have all the other settings how you want them it's a case of squeezing the red trigger. There is only 1 speed and the drill and has a maximum of 700RPM.
The one big draw back with this drill is there is no hammer feature. This means drilling into masonry difficult. I would not recommend this drill for drilling into anything other than wood or plasterboard. If you have an old brick property then I would suggest that you should purchase a drill that has a hammer setting. Also, I don't believe this drill would be suitable for drilling metal.
I have found this drill to be great around my flat as I haven't come across any masonry that is hard enought to require the additional hammer setting. Changing between the various torque settings is easy and straight forward and the keyless chuck makes changing your drill bits a piece of cake. The drill is fairly lightweight too, I believe it weighs around 1.5kg.
I see the drill is retailing now for around £60. With the lack of hammer setting, I think this is a bit on the expensive side. You would also struggle to drill metal with this drill.