“ Variable speed, 0 to 800 rpm. Recharge time 5 hours. Charger included „
Having recently bought a new house, and deciding to take a week off of work to install a totally new fitted kitchen on my own (and having never done anything like it before) I decided to shell out on some new tools. First up was a battery drill, after looking around at some drills such as Bosh and black and Decker, and talking to some of the guys around the office (I work in construction) I decided to look for a reasonably fast (i.e. 800rpm), and powerful, i.e. a decent 12 or above volt job (not the nasty 6 volt things). I looked at some 12 volt drills in Argos by Black and Decker and they were over £45 and only went up to 650 rpm, in the end I decided to risk it and when for the cheaper Challenge drill which is 12volt, 800 rpm, and has a carry case and a small collection of screw driver bits and twist drill bits (Cool). I have now used the drill extensively for the last two weeks and it has been fantastic, charges seems to last all day even with hard use and you can recharge over night (5 hours). It has been used as a hammer (physical smashing not a hammer drill action) a drill and a screw driver, it has been dropped, kicked (and on one bad day thrown at the wall) and is still working 100%, it is great and I love it. Don't expect it to drill through masonry though, you'll need a corded drill for that but I don't think many non industrial type cordless drills will make a good job of masonry there not designed for that, but on wood etc it's great. All in it is one of the best buy's I have made so far in tools and is a pleasure to use (looks smart and makes a nice sound too) and Argos have just knocked about £5 off so at £19.99 it's an even better bargain now!.
Argos sell the Challenge brand of electric power tools. They are made in China and priced at the budget level. They are ideal for the diy user. I recently bought their electric mitre saw. This gives a quick and easy way of making mitre cuts. The saw has a powerful 900 watt motor, this makes cutting through hard and soft woods very easy. The saw can be adjusted through 45 degrees left or right to give the required angle. This is done by loosening 2 bolts and moving the carriage. The saw head can also be adjusted through 45 degrees to give bevel cuts, this is a little more difficult to do but won't be used that often. The 210mm blade gives a maximum cut of 50mm depth and 120mm width cut square on or 70mm width at 45 degrees. This is fine for picture rails, dado and smaller skirting boards etc. The safety locks make it difficult to accidently expose the spinning blade. There is a locking pin to press in and a release button before the saw will come down and the blade cover retracts. This is a good system making this much safer to use than an ordinary circular saw. The blade gives a neat finish to the cut. Lining the work up takes a little bit of getting used to as there is no marks to line the work up to. Most other budget mitre saws seem to suffer from this though. For the money this saw can't be beat, at £39.99 it's a bargain.