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Having recently moved into a new home there is a long list of little jobs that need doing. Everything from painting the living room to putting up new shelves in the shower cubicle. For these jobs there was something I would be needing, tools! My list of tools consisted of pretty much nothing, however, my dad's list of tools was very long indeed, so I am able to pop back and borrow anything I need. One tool that I do actually own though is a drill. To be more specific, a Challenge Extreme drill.
This drill was given to me by a friend, it was a kind of moving in present. He actually gave me two of these, one in the original case and one just lose. We were having a car boot sale so I sold the lose one for £10. The one in the case has come in very handy in the past few months and I've been drilling away happily.
So the drill comes in a nice case that you can store the drill in and carry it around in. The drill fits nicely into the box along with two power packs, a charger and the plug socket. Fitting the drill into the case is dead easy, there are nice slots that make it a good fit. The cases closes are there are simple switches that hold the case shut. All very nice and easy.
To use the drill you have to attach it to one of the power packs. These charge up simply by slotting them into the charger and then plugging it in. The power packs seem to take just a few hours to power up. Having not done any long term drilling I'm not sure how long each pack lasts, but for the jobs I have done the power lasted fine. The good thing about having two is that when one runs out you can simply plug the other one in.
One thing I should mention is that the drill does not come with any drill bits. So you need to buy these separately, I just borrowed a few from my dad again. It's simple to put the bit in, just twist the drill and it opens up, slip in the drill bit and then tighten it up. There are different levels of power you can use when drilling and there is also a hammer mode, although I have a feeling that this function is not overly impressive. When we were at the car boot sale quite a few builders took a look at the drill and said it wasn't really a heavy duty one. So I imagine for serious use this drill would not last all that long.
When I have been using the drill however I have found it does very well. I've drilled through wood, brick and plastic, the drill had no problem with any of these and performed more than adequately. It feels safe and secure when drilling and the fact that it's cordless makes it very handy. The drill is quite heavy and again I imagine if you spend a bit more you would be able to get a lighter one. You can buy a brand new one of these for around £30 so it's not expensive at all.
Overall though, the fact is that for what I will be using this for this is a very handy moving in gift. It looks good in the case and can easily be stored away out of sight. The drill does everything I need it to and is very simple to operate. For some people it might not quite have enough power, but for simple do it yourself jobs around the house, it's more than enough.