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I really enjoy doing little things around the house, like putting in screws to put a picture up, putting in screws for things inside cupboards to keep it tidy, and putting together flat pack furniture or shelves. I needed a cheap drill to help me do all those things, and this drill came as part of a large tool kit by Challenge, from argos on sale for £50. The drill is brilliant because its cordless, and has a battery pack attached to it which you put on charge before using. I have not had to charge it that much, and have used the drill quite a lot. You can unscrew the drill bit and replace with a different size screw or bit, they come with the drill and so all fit perfectly. The drill can be locked so when its set down it wont go off accidentally. This is important for me because I am quite accident prone and might forget. You can set the drill by flicking a switch through the middle to go forwards or backwards. So you can take out screws if they are not in the right place. This is not a drill for serious DIY lovers or professional people, it does not go too fast and so does not go through thick bits of wood or anything like that. It works for going into a wall but it takes a while and does not go far in. The voltage is not huge 800V so do not expect great things from this tool. It is quite heavy to pick up, and I usually need to use both hands when operating it. Its a nice orange and black colour and it came with all orange and black tools in the kit.
I moved house and brought an overmantle mirror. Unfortunately I didnt work out how I was going to get it into the wall and suddenly realised I needed a drill. After an internet search I worked out I needed a cheap drill that had a hammer action because I was drilling into masonry. I did a quick search on the Argos website and discovered the Challenge 18V Cordless Hammer Drill Kit. The only review I could find about was about 3 years old and stated it did not stay charged for long so I took a risk and brought it anyway as it costs £25. The drill comes in a plastic carry case with one battery pack. This battery pack apparently takes 3 to 5 hrs to charge. It is 18v and has a variable speed of 0 to 600rpm, with forward and a reverse direction, keyless and comes with 13 HSS accessories. I brought it home, took it out of the box and read the instructions. (Im a woman I often read instructions.) I then set the battery up to charge and went to do something else. After a few hours I turned the battery off and started to assemble some under bed drawers. I began to put the wheels on and realised that life would be much easier if I drilled a hole for the screws rather than trying to force them in by hand. So I assembled my charged drill, inserted a drill bit and set it to drilling action. Within a few minutes I had drilled 8 holes for 4 wheels into wood, and could quickly insert the screws for the wheels. I repeated this with the other drawer. The next day I finally decided to put up my mirror. So after working out where the holes should be I assembled the drill, inserted a small drill bit and set the drill to hammer action. I then when up to the large bit. In about 8 minutes I had managed to put 2 screws into the wall and managed to hang up my mirror. The hardest and longest bit of the job was making sure the mirror was on the screws I just put in. I have only used the drill bit accessories so far to drill into walls or wood, therefore have mainly used the drill at maximum speed. I cannot comment on the screwing action. Pros- This drill is aimed at people who need a first drill, to drill into wood and masonry therefore it has one battery pack, and the fastest speed is 600rpm. Cons- The drill and accessories are not designed for those who need to do lots of DIY and know what they are doing this is shown by the slow maximum speed, and the fact all the drill bits are HSS. For its target market I would give it 4 out of 5 for ease of use due to the forward and reverse action and 4 out of 5 for value for money. To be honest I don't think this drill will last very long but in the time it lasts you would end up being an expert.